Bob Lenz

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Tags Assessment
December 11, 2008

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

In his article cited in part one of this blog entry, Tony Wagner describes visiting some of most highly regarded suburban schools and "interviewing...

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Tags Assessment
December 9, 2008

I have been thinking a lot about Envision Schools's impact recently and what we hope will be different because of our schools.

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Tags Teacher Leadership
October 14, 2008

My children are in the fifth and seventh grades. At least twice a year, my wife and I meet with their teachers to set goals, to review their progress towards these goals, and to agree about how we can all best support our children's learning at home and at school. Why is it that after elementary...

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Tags Social and Emotional Learning
October 2, 2008

One of Envision Schools's four principles is about building relationships. Often, the difference between a student graduating and going to college and a student not finishing school or going on to college is the relationship that student...

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Tags Teacher Leadership
July 14, 2008

What structures and systems does Envision Schools use to prepare students for success in college and their futures in the twenty-first century? We focus on four guiding principles, and the second concerns relationships and how we build...

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Tags Assessment
May 27, 2008

In my next several blog entries, I will highlight how we at Envision Schools interpret and use the new four R's of education: rigor, relationships, relevance, and results.

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Tags Student Engagement
February 29, 2008

This is the second part of a guest posting from my colleague, Kyle Hartung, who has worked in small schools for ten years as a classroom teacher and instructional leader in New York City and the San Francisco Bay Area. As part of the Leadership and Instructional Team at...

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Tags Social and Emotional Learning
February 28, 2008

This is part one of a two-part guest posting from my colleague, Kyle Hartung, who has worked in small schools for ten years as a classroom teacher and instructional leader in New York City and the San Francisco Bay Area. As part of the Leadership and Instructional Team at...

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Tags Social and Emotional Learning
February 6, 2008

In part one of this entry, based on responses to an earlier post of mine, I reproduced some queries about how to establish a communal learning...

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Tags Student Engagement
February 5, 2008

My reflections on building community in schools have sparked a lot of responses and many questions. It appears people are looking for specific tactics, tricks of the trade, and ideas from...

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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