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Podcast: Michael Hinojosa on Making Dallas Schools Work

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This week the Getting Smart staff spoke with Michael Hinojosa, Superintendent of schools in Dallas Texas and we spotted 10 ways that Dallas ISD is innovating.

Business Leadership for Education Scores Texas-Size Win For Kids

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Children getting a good early start, educated by well-prepared and diverse teachers with young people ultimately enrolling in and finishing college—those are all goals sought by the Commit Partnership (@Commit2Dallas), which serves as the local community infrastructure working to extend those desired outcomes to all learners in the North Texas region. Founded and led for the…

How Schools Can Cultivate Courage in the Face of Fear

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By: Tyler S. Thigpen Audrey felt the blood draining from her face. As a tenth-grader studying American literature, she’d experienced this sensation many times before. She’d read the book. Of course she’d read the book. And when her teacher asked the class a question about the conclusion, she looked straight at Audrey. Then the dreaded…

We’ve Got It Backwards: Starting With Content Rather than Learners Doesn’t Work

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Why are high school students so bored? How could we engage them to learn the required content? How can we nudge, support, and coerce college learners to graduation? What if we’re asking the wrong questions? What if memorizing content and procedures wasn’t the point? A short paper in a small journal provided profound advice for modern learning…

10 Innovations that Support Students’ Community Contributions

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How many of us recall our elementary and secondary education experiences truly mattering outside the four walls of our schools? Surely our parents, relatives or neighbors saw some value in what we studied, but few if any programs focused on supporting students in community outreach and impact. Thankfully, that’s changing. There are many exciting digital…

Podcast: Pamela Cantor, M.D. on Childhood Development

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On today's podcast, Tom Vander Ark is speaking with Pamela Cantor M.D., a leading expert on childhood development.

Back to School

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By: Pam Moran Everyone knows what that means for our kids—shopping for new shoes, maybe something new to wear, all the requisite supplies on the list from glue sticks to markers, even boxes of tissues to donate to the class supply closet. Across America, local community members are also filling up parked school buses in…

Flipgrid Adds Free Career Decision Making Resources

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Flipgrid continues to add more to an already robust platform when it comes to helping students to connect learning opportunities beyond the classroom. Earlier this summer at ISTE 2019, Flipgrid announced many new updates and features, which left many educators looking forward to returning to the classrooms where they could start to use the new features.…

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