Schools Worth Visiting

For many years (at least until 2020), we visited about 100 leading schools a year. It’s the most important form of professional learning we do for ourselves and for the educators that accompany us. It’s how we create and update a shared vision of powerful learning.  This page features some…

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Smart Lists

Smart List: 100 Middle & High Schools Worth Visiting

School visits are a great way to learn. After a lot of visits of our own, and a number of community recommendations, we’re excited to share this list of 100 secondary schools that can give educators a refreshing outlook on what schools can do.

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Elementary & Middle Schools Worth Visiting

Here at Getting Smart, we think school visits are the best form of professional learning. Based on a couple thousand school visits, and with help from colleagues and readers, we’ve compiled this list of elementary and middle schools worth visiting.

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Schools Worth Visiting

70 Elementary & Middle Schools Worth Visiting

We believe school visits are the best form of professional learning. Based on a couple thousand school visits, and with help from colleagues and readers, we’ve compiled this list of elementary and middle schools that can give educators a better sense of what’s possible.

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Place Based Education

Growing an Army of Green Schools for Good

Going Green in education is a popular choice for schools around the globe for many reasons. Here are ten trends that are driving the green schools movement, as well as examples of great schools embracing these trends today.

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Smart Lists

Smart List: 30 School Districts Worth Visiting

Leading a public school district is difficult and complicated work. But done well, there is no other job that can change how a community thinks about itself, its children and its future. Here, we look at 30 districts that are changing the trajectory of both education and their communities.

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Future of Learning

How School Networks Work And Why That’s Important

School networks are one of the most important innovations in the modern era of U.S. K-12 education. Here are several network types, examples of each and the reason networks matter more now than ever.

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Leadership

The Innovation Inequity Paradox

By Matt Hiefield and Tom Vander Ark. Innovation in education is never a bad thing but, as Matt Hiefield and Tom Vander Ark explain, getting the balance right between fostering innovation and fighting for equity may be the challenge of our time.

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