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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.

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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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Visualizing 21st-Century Classroom Design

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The Permaculture Classroom: A Systems-Based Approach

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Harnessing the Power of YouTube in the Classroom

Tue, 05/03/2016 - 10:00
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Student Voices Needed in School Reform

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Summer Reading List: 5 Books on Professional Development

Thu, 05/21/2015 - 06:00
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3 Steps to Becoming a Coding Teacher

To become a coding teacher, prepare to teach the basics by curating your curriculum, preparing yourself and your classroom, and finding support as needed.

8 3,314 23,061 views
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Periscope: Connecting Classrooms to the World

Through the Periscope app, students can take virtual field trips, observe demos, and collaborate. Parents can find greater involvement in their children's learning and school community.

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At the Movies: Films Focused on Education Reform

There's been quite a bit of buzz about documentary films that take a look at issues within the American education system. Whether you agree with the point of view of any of these films or not, they are sure to get you thinking.

29 5,867 48,093 views
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Voxer Versatility: New Ways to Communicate

Teachers are using Voxer in their classrooms, schools, and PLNs to share meaningful feedback, expand authentic communication, hold back-channel conversations, and connect across boundaries.

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Education Research Highlights From 2015

A look at the research that made an impact in 2015, from the benefits of well-designed classroom spaces to the neuroscience behind exercise and math ability.

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The Problems and Promise of Educational Change

Two films and a book about educational change illustrate the pitfalls of top-down initiatives and the magic of everyday stakeholders getting a chance to make a difference.

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How to Engage Your Students With No-Cost Technology

Online 3D scans give students close-up views of historical artifacts and natural wonders, all without the cost and tactical considerations of a field trip.

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Best Education Podcasts

These seven podcasts are the tip of the iceberg for hearing teachers discuss PLNs, school and teacher leadership, teaching strategies, STEM, PD, and more.

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Appreciate Teachers By Understanding What They Do

Edutopia blogger Mary Beth Hertz suggests that the best way to celebrate teacher appreciation week is focusing on the reality of what teaching means rather than falling back on outdated assumptions or news media-induced perceptions.

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Teaching Adolescents How to Evaluate the Quality of Online Information

Guest blogger Julie Coiro, a professor of education, examines four critical thinking disciplines for helping middle and high school students determine the value of information they read online.

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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.

30 9,449 49,867 views
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Make It Count: Providing Feedback as Formative Assessment

Giving feedback that is non-evaluative, specific, timely, and goal-related will provide students with opportunities to revise and improve their work and deepen their understanding.

3 7,996 49,079 views
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At the Movies: Films Focused on Education Reform

There's been quite a bit of buzz about documentary films that take a look at issues within the American education system. Whether you agree with the point of view of any of these films or not, they are sure to get you thinking.

29 5,867 48,093 views
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Design 101 for Educators: Choose Your Fonts Carefully

Jason Cranford Teague, author and observer, makes the case that your students' ability to retain information is connected to the fonts they're seeing on the page or screen.

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