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Design Focused High School Builds Tech Talent in Indianapolis

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Purdue Polytechnic High School is using design-challenges to give students real-world experiences as they earn their high school diploma. In partnership with Purdue University, PPHS is setting the stage for a new era of learning.

MIT Integrated Learning Initiative with Jeff Dieffenbach

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In this episode of the Getting Smart podcast, Tom chats about MIT Integrated Learning Initiative (MITili) with Jeff Dieffenbach. They discuss what Jeff has learned about how learners grow and develop, and how the work at MITili can help improve children’s education.

Give Greatness: Recognizing Teachers Who Inspire Us

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Teachers are more than just educators. They are our coaches, our confidants, our counselors and so much more. They shape us in ways we never thought possible. It’s time to give back and say thank you to the teachers who made the biggest impact on our lives.

Michael Fullan Sees Global Momentum for Deep Learning

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Michael Fullan is Canada’s gift to education. For half a century and with 45 books to his credit, Fullan has been the world’s most persistent and persuasive advocate for powerful learning experiences. Listen in to hear a conversation between Tom and Fullan about the potential for better high school credentials and how the assessment system is changing.

New NWEA Chief Chris Minnich on the Future of Assessment

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Chris Minnich sees assessment literacy as key to successful assessment, and NWEA has focused on providing extensive professional learning opportunities for teachers to help them to maximize the value of assessments in teaching and learning. Learn more about their approach here.

“The Professional Grade Teacher”

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What makes a teacher professional? How can we truly define a professional grade teacher? John Hardison shares 31 ways to describe the nearly indescribable.

Leading the Charge for Better D.C. Schools

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Tom chats with Maura Marino about the work happening in DC around new school development and improvement and how quarterback organizations can support innovative new schools and scale proven models.

Get Kids in the Community and Change the World

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It has become apparent that basic literacies are no longer enough. Students must find ways to apply, own, and direct how literacy and problem-solving skills are used. A look at place-based education and how it's doing just that while also building capacity for citizenship.

7 Creative Ways Schools and Teachers Can Fundraise

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By Vlada Lotkina and Marcia McInnes. Teachers who pay out of pocket for school supplies are, sadly, the norm. But where public funding fails, digital innovators are stepping in with fresh ideas. These seven tools can help alleviate this burden.

Kids Can Thank Mom by Making a Meal Themselves

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Let me preface this section by saying I am not an expert at having kids make the meal. I always marveled at those parents who had an amazing menu plan and activated a rotation where everyone takes responsibility to cook one meal, rotate chores, and so on. We just haven’t been that family and our schedules have never felt that predictable. So, we’ve done more “opportunistic” cooking.

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