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Practical Ways to bring SEL into the Classroom

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Toward the end of the past school year, I noticed some changes in student behavior. There was a decrease in student engagement, and especially while I responded to the question of a student seated close to me, students around the room became distracted or stopped listening.

Easy Ideas for Pleasant Holiday PD

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Some educators find the thought of professional development during holidays anathema, while others enjoy finding a quiet meditative moment to explore new ideas. Creativity tends to strike when we are in the shower or on a quiet walk, and holidays can provide this brain space.

Why Students Should Learn to Code and How to Get Started

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Coding is not just about learning to write a program, it's about connecting with the learning and building relationships in the process. It can create engaging ways for students to work on their collaboration, critical thinking and problem-solving skills.

Global STEM Alliance Engages Youth and Mentors In Grand Challenges

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There's a global STEM learning opportunity gap. Here's what the New York Academy of Sciences is doing to try and close it.

Real-Life Examples of Design Thinking in the Classroom

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Design thinking centers on a pedagogy aimed at creating and facilitating future innovators and breakthrough thinkers. It is about creating creative and collaborative workflows engineered to tackle big projects and prototyping to discover new solutions.

How Can We Truly Meet Students Where They Are At?

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Competency-based education is a system of instruction where students advance to higher levels of learning when they demonstrate mastery of concepts and skills. In this setting, learning doesn’t rely on time, place or pace.

4 Ways We Can Fund Personalized Learning to Create More Equitable Schools

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By: Ace Parsi and Bryant Best. Budget shortfalls in states are framing a new angle on educational equity conversations. It is no longer simply about what is right, but what is fiscally necessary for a state to grow and thrive.

Advanced Placement for the Innovation Economy

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College Board is preparing more students for the innovation economy with the launch of its the AP Computer Science Principles course, which shows students how computing and technology are influencing the world.

8 Campaigns Illuminating the Path Forward

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The Getting Smart team studies innovations in learning to understand the path forward and then constructs advocacy campaigns to inform and inspire action. Here are eight of our recent, current and planned thought leadership campaigns.

Focus on Fighting Poverty, Not the Students Living in It

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In his book Poor Students, Rich Teaching, Eric Jensen shares how focusing on combating the effects of poverty, not on “what poor students cannot do,” to be a key catalyst for change.

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