Posts by David Ross

Project-Based Learning

The Persistence of Misconceptions

David Ross, formerly the Senior Director for the Buck Institute for Education and CEO of the Partnership for 21st Century Learning, continues a monthly series chronicling his decision to go from classroom to boardroom and back again.  In this edition, he focuses on the rugged persistence of misconceptions.

SEL & Mindset

Teaching in the Time of Fire

David Ross examines how Northern California wildfires have impacted teaching and learning and shares strategies for how to lessen the trauma of power outages, evacuations, and pervasive fear.

Project-Based Learning

The 3 Preconditions of PBL

The lure of the classroom is a monthly series chronicling the author’s decision to go from classroom to boardroom and back again. In this third edition, he focuses on the preconditions for doing high-quality PBL.

Project-Based Learning

Can Learning Be Both Powerful and Boring?

By: David Ross A couple of weeks ago, I opened the door to my new classroom and faced a line of sixth graders eager to meet their teacher. I don’t know who was more nervous: me or them. This was my 11th year of teaching, so the nerves should seem…


The Lure of the Classroom

In 1994 I made what many of my colleagues considered a foolish choice: I quit a successful career in journalism to become a classroom teacher. That decision led to six years of teaching middle school in Southern California and another four years at New Technology High in Napa,…

Future of Learning

Selective Attention Span Shapes the Length of Effective Instructional Experiences

Widely accepted claims about the decreasing attention span of learners may not be justified by current research. That research examines the nature of attention and creates new models for how we can better adapt instruction to maximize learning. Short instructional sequences such as micro-credentials and nano degrees fit into what should be a full spectrum of learning opportunities.

Future of Learning

OECD Learning Compass 2030 Provides Teachers, Students, and Employers with Milestones for Workforce Success

OECD Future of Education and Skills 2030 used inputs from policy makers, researchers, school leaders, teachers and students from around the world to create Learning Compass 2030, which aims to build a common understanding of the knowledge, skills, attitudes and values students need in the 21st century. We analyze the report and provide guidance on how this will impact teaching and learning for the next decade.

Future of Learning

Space Education Allows Students To Dream Big

We are a few weeks away from the 50th anniversary of Neil Armstrong’s historic moon walk. Celebrate the event by engaging your students in projects, lessons, activities and field trips focused on space exploration.