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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Competency-Based Education

Student Agency: Creating An Integrated and Authentic K-12 Approach

By: Kate Bean. What does authentic student agency look like and how can we move beyond the surface to create a student-driven learning experience for elementary students as well as high schoolers preparing for college and career?

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SEL & Mindset

Letting Students Lead School Culture

If school leaders and classroom teachers recognize the collective power of their students, then it makes sense for them to give their students the chance to identify needs, challenges, and issues within their school's culture, and develop potential means of addressing them.

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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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Personalized Learning

The 12 Shifts for Student-Centered Hybrid Environments

With remote and hybrid learning staying on the horizon, it's critical to understand: how have expert education practitioners worldwide successfully adapted their practice in the uncertain education climate?

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Personalized Learning

8 Things to Look For in a Student-Centered Learning Environment

From years of teaching in the classroom and countless school visits and interactions with excellent educators worldwide, I’ve created a list of things I commonly observe in great student-centered learning environments. Here are eight that stand out.

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Personalized Learning

New Guide Helps Parents Support Students in LEADing in Their Learning

Following the success of both the "Learning Differences MOOC-Ed" for educators and the "Students LEAD" course, The Friday Institute launched "Letting Students LEAD," a parent-directed companion resource to further support maximizing student learning.

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Personalized Learning

Promising Practices for Teaching English Language Learners

By: Natalie Truong. Ensuring success for English language learner students requires challenging commonly held assumptions of teaching and learning for this student population. Instruction should be focused on how ELL students learn best and personalized to meet each learner where they are.

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