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

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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.

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.

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.


The Yearn to Learn

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School Libraries and Makerspaces: Can They Coexist?

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Student-Centered Learning: It Starts With the Teacher

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Online Professional Development: Beyond PLCs and PLNs

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Implementing a School-Wide Mindfulness Program

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Edcamps: Remixing Professional Development

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The Future of Learning

Edutopia blogger 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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Public-Private Partnerships: The Real Future of Education

In the areas of STEM, digital literacy, and the Maker movement, an energetic groundswell of public-private partnership initiatives is not-so-quietly remaking the future of education.

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Student Power!

If knowledge is power, and that power is now in the hands of students, shouldn't that change power relationships in schools?

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The New Edutopia!

Samer Rabadi, Edutopia's Online Community Manager, announces the rollout of an improved, more user-friendly Edutopia and, with the help of a short video, explains what the new features are and how you can benefit from them.

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7 Ways To Do ISTE 2014 Your Way

Elana Leoni, Edutopia's Director of Social Media Strategy and Marketing, helps you gear up for a successful ISTE annual conference with seven ways to maximize your learning and connectivity -- on your own terms.

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How Do We Educate Global Problem Solvers?

Guest blogger Zoe Weil, co-founder and president of the Institute for Humane Education, offers two strategies to help students become conscientious about and connected to the global problems they'll one day be called upon to solve.

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Do Educators Really Need Blog Posts?

Guest blogger Tom Whitby traces the history of collaborative PD from mimeos and thermo faxes to blog posts and tweets, emphasizing the importance of teachers sharing their voices, entering the dialogue, and staying relevant.

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Strategies for Embedding Project-Based Learning into STEM Education

Thom Markham from the Buck Institute shares some strategies for embedding PBL in STEM education.

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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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Myth vs. Reality in a 1:1 Classroom

Three myths about the 1:1 classroom: it's a paperless environment; all student work happens on devices; and all teachers need to adopt the technology.

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A Six-Point Checklist for Education Innovators

Edutopia blogger Suzie Boss shares an excerpt from her latest book, "Bringing Innovation to School," in which she looks at some of the qualities expressed and practiced by education innovators.

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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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Turn Genius Hour Into Genius Year

Why limit Genius Hour to a small block of time? Through conversations and dares, students can turn this creative, self-directed approach into a life practice.

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Back-to-School Night 2.0

With innovation and technology vital to our profession, let's use both of those elements to engage and connect with our students' families this year.

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