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Through our advocacy, advisory and coaching services, we work with impact-oriented partners to invent the future of learning. These posts share lessons learned, case studies, and thought leadership from our projects and campaigns. To learn more about our services division, visit GettingSmartServices.com.

Smart Work

Home Series Smart Work
Through our advocacy, advisory and coaching services, we work with impact-oriented partners to invent the future of learning. These posts share lessons learned, case studies, and thought leadership from our projects and campaigns. To learn more about our services division, visit GettingSmartServices.com.

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If You Believe in Your Work, Start Talking About It

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If you believe in what you’re doing, you should be talking about what you’re doing. If you’ve found a new way to improve students’ learning, students everywhere deserve a chance to benefit from your discovery.

Fail Forward: I Fail, So That Students Can Succeed

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Failure is a necessary part of the equation for success. When was the last time you celebrated failing? Here are three reasons you should.

The Road to Solutions

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Over the last month, our family vehicle has been having issues. The battery died once, we gave it a jump and didn’t think about it again. Two weeks later, it would not start again. Here's what we learned about solving problems through the process.

Beyond the Data: How to Tell a Funding Story

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One of the things we love to do here at Getting Smart is integrate projects to provide a powerful and coherent message. Here's why (and how) we did just that in one of our recent projects.

Building the Future: Designing With Purpose

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Change is hard, and change is personal. If you and your team have determined that change is needed to design learning experiences that prepare students for the future, what steps do you take? Here's our process.

Why We Advocate for Equity and Access Through Personalized Schools and Tools

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We believe access to a high-quality education is the best shot young people have at shaping, contributing to and ultimately benefiting from a better future. Here's how we advocate to provide more students with access to the education they deserve.

10 Tips for Designing High Impact Campaigns

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Are you ready to make an impact? Whether it is an idea that you want to explore further, a topic you want to share with the world or a question you want to ask, designing campaigns can be a critical component to growing your impact.

Imaging the Future: How Innovative School Districts Are Looking Ahead

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As technology advances quickly, the opportunities (and implications) for teaching and learning in traditional school districts will continue to evolve. A recent district partnership encouraged us to take a look into the not so near future to paint a picture of possible futures.

Your Planning Process Signals What’s Important

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Having worked with hundreds of impact organizations, we have found that how you plan may be as important as what you decide.

Competitive, Coherent, Creative: The 21st Century School District

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It’s time for district leaders to create clarity and coherence by making crystal clear how things are supposed to work. To accomplish that, it’s a good time to reexamine why school districts exist, how they work and what value they add.

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