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Getting Smart Podcast | On Opening New Schools

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Paul Castro, Director of School Performance for Houston A+ UP, discusses the challenges and rewards of innovating outside the box when creating a new school, and what that means for families, teachers and students.

Innov8: Looking Ahead

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In light of our excitement for spring to fully arrive and our optimism for the upcoming month, this week's top 8 education news stories are all about looking ahead.

Mathematical Discourse: A Matter of Sharing and Questioning

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With a careful and deliberate approach, teachers have the opportunity to enhance students’ mathematical development through relevant, next-level questioning. Here are some strategies teachers can use to encourage productive discussions about math.

Smart List: 100 Middle & High Schools Worth Visiting

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School visits are a great way to learn. After a lot of visits of our own, and a number of community recommendations, we’re excited to share this list of 100 secondary schools that can give educators a refreshing outlook on what schools can do.

What Does Personalized Learning Mean for Teachers?

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In personalized learning models, educators’ roles are more important than ever as they design customized approaches, and their professional expertise is valued and respected.

Embedding SEL Across the Curriculum

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We believe one of the most effective strategies for marrying SEL and core subjects is to embed SEL into formal curricula. Here are ten examples of schools already implementing this strategy.

Connecting Project-Based Learning to the Real World

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By: Michelle Berkeley. When we surveyed an advisory group of Ed Leaders from a variety of backgrounds about areas for improvement of project-based learning, one of the themes they all agreed on was that it needs to be connected to the real world. Read more here.

Noble Effort: College Prep + Community on Chicago’s South Side

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Here are 10 features we appreciate about Gary Comer College Prep, part of the Noble Network of Charter Schools that operates 17 high schools serving over 11,000 students from more than 70 Chicago communities.

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