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Whole Child Development Is Undervalued

Desire to learn and effective experimentation characterize the whole child approach, requiring a whole culture to extend these conditions into schooling and adult life.

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What Is Personalization, Really?

Personalized learning means student agency, defining curriculum by real-life skills, defining learning expectations, encouraging self-knowledge, and teachers getting to know their students as people.

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A Look Inside the Classroom of the Future

To educate students for 21st-century careers, educators should be using real-world case studies, embracing complexity, practicing empathy, integrating technology, and encouraging reflection.

The Pygmalion Effect: Communicating High Expectations

Research shows that positive expectations will influence performance positively. Start modeling excellence, celebrating small victories, and refusing to accept failure -- and watch what happens.

Preparing Your Students for the Challenges of Tomorrow

Here are six ways to prepare students for their future, including the ability to collaborate, evaluate information accuracy, and make every day a learning experience.

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Flexible Seating and Student-Centered Classroom Redesign

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Evaluating Project-Based Learning

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Student Voices Needed in School Reform

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Cultivating a New Leadership Archetype

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Franchising Success Across a District

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The Strategic Imperative for Schools: Technology as Connector

If schools hope to prepare students for an unknown future, they must make technology easy to use -- through hardware, software, mindset, and practice.

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Reflecting on a Flat School

One school rearranged its staff duties and decision-making process to widen the range of ideas and involvement for operating efficiently and effectively.

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PBL Pilot: Apps, Tips, and Tricks

Fifth grade teachers share some of their favorite apps for rubrics, editing, and assessment that are streamlining the classroom workflow in their PBL pilot program.

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The Qualitative Formative Assessment Toolkit: Document Learning with Mobile Technology

To assess your students' ongoing awareness of what and how they're learning, consider using cameras, screenshots, video, and screencasting as everyday classroom tools.

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Reconnecting Adults With Playful Learning

Creativity and self-expression are the keys to helping adults understand how playful learning can enrich the experience of the children in their world.

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A New Must-Read for All Educators

Stories of hope sure to nurture the educator's spirit are offered up in this book by Tom Little.

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What Is Personalization, Really?

Personalized learning means student agency, defining curriculum by real-life skills, defining learning expectations, encouraging self-knowledge, and teachers getting to know their students as people.

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3 Surprising Skills That School Counselors Need

School counselors can increase their effectiveness when they master technology skills, embrace data analysis, and develop their public speaking abilities.

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Edutopia's Top 10 for 2014

By the numbers, our community was all about tips and strategies in 2014, even as members' thoughtful, passionate conversations exploded across our social media channels.

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Edcamps: Remixing Professional Development

Edutopia blogger Andrew Marcinek gives us a personal perspective on how the Edcamp model changed his professional focus, and provides examples of how he's adapted this model for staff, students and community.

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Coding in the Classroom: A Long-Overdue Inclusion

By promoting code literacy, schools could improve education equity, offer inclusion for students with ASD, improve STEM proficiency, and build neuroplasticity associated with multilingual education.

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Technology SAMR Model for Administrators - Part 1: Staff Presentations

Use technology to implement the SAMR model (Substitution, Augmentation, Modification, and Redefinition) for clarity and efficiency in presenting to and communicating with school staff.

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Google for Educators: The Best Features for Busy Teachers

These tools from Google for Educators, whether old and familiar or new and improved, will keep teachers and students inspired, inventive, and organized.

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Empowering Teachers With Tech-Friendly Formative Assessment Tools

By locating the right tool and building data collection into your routine, you can easily have the formative assessment data you need for responding to student understanding.

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