Bob Lenz

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Tags Education Trends
December 4, 2009

I recently returned from the World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE), in...

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Tags Assessment
October 26, 2009

In my last post, "How to Make Writing Research Papers Relevant for Students," I described an expository writing task that all our students at Envision Schools must complete. In this post, I...

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September 28, 2009

In my last post, "Preparing High School Seniors for College," I outlined the College Success Portfolio, a performance-assessment system used at Envision Schools. We developed this system...

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Tags Assessment
July 23, 2009

This is the second part of a two-part blog entry. Read part one.

Academic content knowledge is usually measured in a number of ways, from papers, tests, and quizzes to more comprehensive assessment tools like the...

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Tags Assessment
July 15, 2009

Here, in California, another school year has finally dipped into the cool, blue Pacific. I've been reflecting on all that we've accomplished this year, including the fact that more than 90 percent of our graduating seniors will be going to college. I also can't help but think about everything...

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Tags Teacher Leadership
June 30, 2009

Given the level of technical sophistication of today's students, why not use technology to extend the classroom and collaborate globally?

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Tags Assessment
June 4, 2009

When I talk about student achievement in the academic community, the first thing that usually comes to mind is test scores: How well does this school perform relative to others? Are students on track for college? How prepared are they for the...

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Tags Teacher Leadership
May 8, 2009

In my last Edutopia.org blog entry, I talked about project learning at Envision Schools, and the ways kids are motivated to master...

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Tags Teacher Leadership
April 9, 2009

The mere mention of 21st-century skills always seems to elicit lively debate among people who are either for the concept or against it. The conversation about it is a good one to have, but we should move beyond this particular debate and toward an inclusive discussion that helps students win on...

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Tags Teacher Leadership
February 24, 2009

Quite a few readers responded to my blog entry "In the Loop: The Payoff for Parent-Teacher Conferences." As spring approaches, the next round of conferences is just around the corner.

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School redesign, Performance Based Assessment, PBL, Deeper Learning, 21st Century Skills
Buck Institute for Education, St. Mary's College School of Education