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Kelly Niccolls

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Kelly has been an educator for fourteen years. She began her career teaching in Southern California and has helped schools and systems reimagine teaching and learning, as well as serving as a school administrator. She is a Deeper Learning Equity Fellow, driven by the relentless belief in the possibility of social justice within education systems. Kelly focuses her education leadership on re-imagining structures for teaching and learning in order to empower all students for the future.

Getting Clearer: Our Students Need Sponsors, Not Saviors

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Kelly explains the importance of students having sponsors - concerted communities of mentors that in various roles and responsibilities invest in the talents and desires of our young people.
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Getting Clearer: Human-Centered Design

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Where do we start when thinking about the new system design for teaching and learning in America? We start with people. Specifically, our students.

Focusing on Learners and SEL: Looping Strategies to Welcome Learners Back

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As social-emotional learning becomes more integrated into our systems of learning, we must consider a specific structure to tend to the whole child returning to some form of schooling in the fall, looping.
What is Curriculum in 2020?

What is Curriculum in the year 2020? From Managed Instruction to Personalized Learning

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Kelly answers the question of "what is curriculum in 2020?" and how that must correlate to outcomes that matter to students and to their futures.

Getting Through: Leading with Optimism Hope and Love

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By: Kristi Dominguez, Ellen Dorr & Kelly Niccolls. Post Covid-19, increased focus ​on courageous leadership is more important than ever to envision what learning could become.

Getting Through: Multi-Mode Literacy

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The instruction of literacy has been thrown into an immediate adaptation to remote teaching. This new, multi-faceted experience of reading, writing and comprehension is Multi-Mode Literacy.
The Counter-Narrative

The Counter-Narrative

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Our children are learning right now. They are learning significant lessons far away from the walls and rows of desks. They are learning what matters to them. We need to shape learning to encourage that discovery.

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