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Erin Gohl is a Getting Smart columnist, and an independent writer focusing on issues of equity, engagement, and technology in educational policy and practice. Connect with her on Twitter: @eringohl

New Guide Helps Parents Support Students in LEADing in Their Learning

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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.

The Importance of What ESSA Plans Do Not Include

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ESSA holds schools accountable for how students learn and achieve. However, as Erin Gohl explains, measures assessing SEL development are universally absent.

Families are Fundamental: Takeaways from The National Center for Families Learning Conference

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Research shows that family engagement in learning has marked positive effects on learning measures across all racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic groups. How can we get more families engaged in their children's learning? This conference provided some fresh ideas.

When the School Doors Close: Tips for Families To Help Students Continue Learning When...

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By: Erin Gohl & Kristen Thorson. When disaster hits families face the reality that schools must close during such emergencies. Here are tips to help keep the learning going.

Human Development as Professional Development: Fostering District-Wide Well Being

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How can a school district systematically support all the various individual experiences and reactions? Parkland, Florida, has developed an inspirational approach under some of truly trying circumstances. Learn more here.

ImBlaze: Igniting Powerful Real-World Learning Experiences

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There is a growing national momentum behind having students learn in contexts and at times outside of the traditional school day. This new tool from Big Picture Learning provides a valuable approach for managing these types of experiences.

Smart Review | Inventing Ourselves: The Secret Life of the Teenage Brain

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In Inventing Ourselves: The Secret Life of the Teenage Brain, Sarah-Jayne Blakemore uses neuroscience to push back on long-held negative perceptions about teenagers to reframe adolescence as a unique and actually productive developmental period. Learn more here.