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Creating a Culture of Collaborative Family Engagement

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As the spotlight has shifted to the role that families can play in education, many schools are scrambling to identify a starting point for how to invite families into student learning. Here are a few good considerations to keep in mind.

6 Steps to Ensuring ILPs Better Support Inclusive Personalized Learning

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By: Ace Parsi and Curtis Richards. By taking these steps, we can ensure that the process leading to the development of a quality Individualized Learning Plan (ILP) is a meaningful learning experience for students, educators, counselors, and students’ families.

Meeting Students on Their Own Cultural Turf

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Every student has different realities from their teacher, but this is especially the case if the teacher is from another ethnic, racial, cultural or socioeconomic background. This uniqueness of each student’s experience is a fundamental, and often overlooked, piece of the teaching and learning puzzle.

Promoting Family Engagement: 5 Ways to Foster Meaningful Connection

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There are many strategies that schools can use to keep families informed and involved. The key is to find the way to not only make an initial connection and build the “family to school” partnership but to engage families and continue to collaborate and grow together.

5 Tips for Building a Maker Culture of Equity and Inclusion

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When students have an environment that is inclusive, they are more confident and creative. They are then better able to create a love of learning, which is when unexpected ideas happen--and we need new ideas.

Education Systems Should Be Based on How Students Develop 

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A flowering of research from neuroscience, psychology, early childhood, and a variety of other disciplines on the science of learning and development has begun to shed light on what is necessary for students to reach their full potential. How can our systems catch up to these findings?

Building on the Power of Digital Badges to Create Future-Ready Learning and Job Experiences for Students

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By: Connie Yowell. Badges open up a world of learning that many students previously did not have access to. Through badging students can take their learning outside of the school building, unlocking a world where they can learn skills that are of greatest interest to them or their future career, at a time and place that best suits their needs.

Deep in South Carolina’s ‘Corridor of Shame,’ Teachers at New Tech Network Strive for a Big Turnaround

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By: Mark Keierleber. Colleton County is in southeast South Carolina, part of a poor, rural region branded in a documentary as the “Corridor of Shame” for historically inequitable funding and poor student achievement. New Tech Network is helping build momentum for change.

LRNG and Institute for the Future: Helping Youth Get #FutureFit

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By: Connie Yowell. We know that the only way for all people to be prepared for the future of work is by obtaining future ready skills. And while we know this to be true, we also know that many people - particularly young people from underserved communities - are left without adequate access to experiences and opportunities that prepare them with future ready skills.

Cultural Responsiveness Starts in the Principal’s Office

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If school leaders are not attuned to the students walking the halls and sitting in the classrooms, students will never have truly personalized education. And if they are not attuned to the needs of students, teachers will not receive the supports needed to effectively personalize learning.

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