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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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What New Teachers Need to Know About PD

For new teachers, professional development opportunities are as close as your phone or tablet. Quick, deep resources include Instagram, Feedly, Google Classroom, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

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School Libraries and Makerspaces: Can They Coexist?

While libraries and makerspaces are both interdisciplinary, resource-filled places of informal learning, each serves distinct purposes for enriching student experience and school culture.

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Giving Students Charge of How They Learn

By letting students determine how they learn, via task design, rubric development, and student-led parent conferences, we see high engagement, in-depth inquiry, and quality work.

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Are Learning Styles Real - and Useful?

We've collected nine varying opinions from learning experts about whether the idea of learning styles is valid and a useful addition to a teacher's toolkit.

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Librarians' Changing Roles Can Inspire School Communities

A 21st-century librarian can inspire a school by modeling responsive teaching, advocating for student involvement, facilitating new approaches to writing, and encouraging user-centered spaces.

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Empowering Students Through Multimedia Storytelling

By telling their stories through multimedia, students develop skills in critical thinking, writing, research, and collaboration, as well as owning their learning and effecting change.

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Student-Centered Learning: It Starts With the Teacher

Teachers encourage student-centered learning by allowing students to share in decisions, believing in their capacity to lead, and remembering how it feels to learn.

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Transform Your Staff Meetings, Engage Your Faculty

Remix and energize your school staff meetings by suggesting fresh approaches, making them meaningful, drawing on everyone's genius, and generating inspiring documentation for the community.

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What is "Authentic" Assessment?

Educators at New York's School of the Future have enjoyed great success at teaching and assessing their students. Both efforts are squarely focused on student understanding of fundamental concepts and real-life learning. Making these efforts relevant and...

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Do I Need a Digital Teaching Portfolio?

A well-planned, current digital teaching portfolio can be an asset whether you're seeking a job, being evaluated within your school, or simply demonstrating your professionalism.

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Salman Khan on Liberating the Classroom for Creativity (Big Thinkers Series)

The founder of Khan Academy discusses how his videos can help create a "flipped classroom" that allows blended learning -- online lectures can happen at home and project-based learning can happen during school.

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Coming Soon to a School Near You: New Science Standards

In parallel to the Common Core, science is getting a new set of standards. Blogger Eric Brunsell describes the process and framework for this new collection of 21st century requirements.

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Big Thinkers: Linda Darling-Hammond on Becoming Internationally Competitive

Stanford University professor and noted researcher Linda Darling-Hammond discusses what the United States can learn from high-achieving countries on teaching, learning, and assessment.

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Why Arts Education Must Be Saved

Schools draw on the community to bring art and music to students.

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