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How to Reduce Barriers to Family Engagement

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In a recent survey, 18,000+ parents and guardians were asked to share more about their barriers to engaging with their child’s school. Here are the most common barriers nationwide, and potential next steps for addressing these challenges.

Laying the Foundation for Competency Education with Culture and Climate

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As they transition to a competency-based learning model, Mesa County Valley School District 51 is also focusing on creating a robust, empowered culture of learning with growth mindset, social and emotional learning and Habits of Mind at its very core.

Why We Use Digital Badges at Del Lago Academy

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By: Alec Barron. Here is why educators at Del Lago Academy, an Applied Science focused high school, developed a digital badging system for our students.

The Technologies Reshaping Life and Livelihood

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AI is rapidly reshaping the employment landscape, and given the opportunities and challenges this creates it is a topic every school community should be discussing with students.

Improving Connectivity to Create Powerful Learning Experiences

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By: LaShona Dickerson. Lafayette Parish School System is the sixth largest district in Louisiana, and our outdated network made it impossible to provide connectivity for so many. Here is how we addressed our challenge and the lessons we learned along the way.

Getting Smart Podcast | Summit Olympus is Placing Learning in Students’ Hands

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Greg Ponikvar and Alex Horowitz of Summit Olympus in Tacoma, Washington, share more about their school's personalized learning program designed to empower students to drive their own learning and prepare them for college and career success.

Holacracy: Organizing For Change At District 51

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Holacracy is a system for self-organizing, so that as context changes, so can the organization. Here is more on how Mesa Valley County School District 51 is implementing this model internally as they shift to a competency-based education system.

Getting Smart Podcast | A Successful Quest For An Early College Solution

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The principal and students of Quest Early College High School discuss how the Early College system works, the differences between attending Quest versus attending traditional high school and what they love about their early college school.

Student-Centered Design Focused Learning at a Student-Led School

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One Stone students and educators share their thoughts on what really sets this student-led and directed nonprofit high school apart and what they feel really worked for them this first year.

Getting Smart Podcast | Denver Public School System Exemplifies A Healthy Educational Ecosystem

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In this podcast, Denver Public Schools education leaders share why their school system continues to lead when it comes to providing school choice for students and families.

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