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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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Engaging Your School Community Through Social Media

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Flipped-Learning Toolkit: Let's Talk Tech

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2017 Education Research Highlights

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Flipped-Learning Toolkit: Let's Talk Tech

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Engaging Your School Community Through Social Media

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Infusing the Basics With the Spirit of Innovation

Your school can innovate without sacrificing the foundations of education by utilizing teachers' strong suits, embedding innovative practices, empowering students to lead, and engaging families.

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Create a Startup Culture in Your Classroom

Through use of classroom space, intentional course design and scheduling, and building "brand" identity, teachers can create a startup culture of empowerment and innovation for their students.

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Tools to Assess Social and Emotional Learning in Schools

A well-designed SEL program includes not only evidence-based curricula and instruction, but also clear goals, benchmarks, and tools for universal and targeted screening and progress monitoring.

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3-Step Method to Increase Teacher Voice

How do you make sure educators have a place at the table? Learn these three steps that school and district leaders can take to ensure teacher voice is represented in decision-making.

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Evaluation Within Project-Based Learning

Because PBL is about more than learning content, PBL teachers should investigate and experiment with multi-model strategies for assessing their students' learning skills.

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Video and Professional Development: The Power of Observation

Video cameras in the classroom? Teachers gladly contribute to each other's PD in a culture of safe sharing, support for best efforts, and collaborative growth mindset.

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Student Voices Needed in School Reform

Students' voices belong in the dialogue about what does and doesn't work in their education. Consider incorporating their wants and needs into your school reform efforts.

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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.

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STEM to STEAM: Art in K-12 Is Key to Building a Strong Economy

John Maeda, President of Rhode Island School of Design, makes a convincing case for adding art to the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics curriculum - and turning STEM into STEAM.

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A New Definition of Rigor

Rigor doesn't simply mean giving students more or harder work. Instead, it's the result of work that challenges students' thinking in new and interesting ways.

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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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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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Powerful Learning: Studies Show Deep Understanding Derives from Collaborative Methods

Cooperative learning and inquiry-based teaching yield big dividends in the classroom. And now we have the research to prove it.

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5 (Recent) Historical Events You Should Discuss with Your Students

Guest blogger Josh Work reminds us that history is alive and unfolding, and that some of our young students now require full explanations of major events that still loom large in our adult memories.

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