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Education Trends

What needs are emerging and being identified? How are forward-thinking educators meeting them? Follow the early adopters here.

Race and Violence Should Be a School-Wide Subject

School leaders should develop a coherent, community-derived message and model for discussing the intersection of race and violence in our society.

Awash in a Sea of Misinformation: Charter School Myths and Realities

By confronting the myths of charter schools (monolithic entity, private ownership, failed experiments), we can examine why they exist and how to evaluate them individually.

Five-Minute Film Festival: Future Ready Schools

Education needs a new “north star,” one focused on creating world-class schools where students have agency, and the teachers are empowered to be entrepreneurs in the classroom. Watch this collection of videos to find out what it means to be a "Future Ready" school.

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.

The Future of Learning

Beth Holland recalls the robot teacher from the Jetsons and updates that 1960s cartoon view of education's future to include customized learning, embedded technology, ongoing feedback - and human teachers.

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The Best Education Posts of 2013: The Edutopia Top 10 Deep Dive

Guest blogger Vicki Davis, computer science teacher and IT integrator, reflects on Edutopia's top ten blog posts in 2013, why she likes them, and how their takeaways could benefit any teacher who reads them.

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"Why Humanistic Teachers Get Fired: Because They're Stupid"

Edutopia blogger Mark Phillips is all for teachers who are trying to change their school communities for the better - as long as they're smart enough to keep their jobs!

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Talking Shop: Food Justice Lessons and a Student-Run Grocery Store

Guest blogger Jez Luckett, winner of a personal battle against obesity, describes his afterschool program that educates children in a lower-income urban community about the basics of nutrition and healthy shopping.

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Coding Across the Curriculum

Teacher and edtech leader Matthew Farber discusses the history of computer science education in the run-up to this month's Hour of Code initiative.

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Enter the 36 Chambers of Teaching (What We Can Learn from the Wu-Tang Clan)

Edutopia blogger Jose Vilson, drawing on the Wu-Tang Clan for inspiration, suggests that the world of education could learn a few practical and philosophical lessons from the poetry of the street.

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Teaching Critical Thinking (with Dog Food)

Guest blogger James Bach, a tech sector specialist in critical thinking, suggests an easy and amusing exercise to familiarize students with the concept of questioning commonly held assumptions.

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The Path to Digital Citizenship

Edutopia blogger Andrew Marcinek looks at the ethical and practical sides of digital citizenship, and suggests a mindful path for teaching the necessary skills in the elementary grades.

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Connecting Project-Based and Blended Learning

PBL and blended learning prove to be two educational approaches worth combining.

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Beyond Superman: A Guest Blog by George Lucas

Edutopia founder George Lucas responds to the Waiting for Superman discussion.

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5 (Recent) Historical Events You Should Discuss with Your Students

Guest blogger Josh Work reminds us that history is alive and unfolding, and that some of our young students now require full explanations of major events that still loom large in our adult memories.

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EDUCATION NATION: Six Leading Edges of Innovation in Our Schools

A former Sesame Street innovator offers a new vision for learning through his new book "Education Nation."

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Why Performance-Based Pay for Teachers Makes Sense

Ben Johnson proposes that performance-based pay using a value-added score is both fair and will offer much deserved compensation to those hard-working teachers.

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12 Nuggets of 21st-Century Learning

Well into the 21st century, the concept of 21st-century learning is still gaining traction. Ken Kay offers 12 indicators to educate and illustrate.

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Replicating Another School's Success: One Teacher's Story
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Replicating Another School's Success: One Teacher's Story

Once a traditional lecture-style teacher, Michelle Underwood's science classroom now hums with the energy of students absorbed in collaborative learning projects.

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