Posts by Marie Bjerede

Personalized Learning

Students Deserve a Culture of Rigor AND Intrinsic Motivation

The shrill divide in the education conversation that pits high test scores against self-direction has created an either-or atmosphere. But students deserve a both-and approach. Students deserve a culture of rigor and intrinsic motivation. Students deserve the opportunity to excel without artificial obstacles.

Personalized Learning

Why I’m Opting IN To Testing My Kids

State testing is how we know if students are being educated to the same levels as those in other demographic and socio-economic groups. Marie believes that we must never again allow the poverty-based disparities in education to be unmeasured and ignored.

Personalized Learning

What Personalized Learning Means in My Family

What a school looks like that prepares students for meaningful, authentic work and meaningful relationships, what we still need to provide our kids for real personalized learning, and how our family promotes this kind of education at home.

EdTech

Please Share my Children’s Data

As a parent, I demand the right to have my children’s data used by schools, researchers, content providers, and other 3rd parties. My kids deserve no less than for their learning institutions to use every tool possible to improve their education and enhance their learning.

Personalized Learning

Testing: Why We Need More of It. Lots More.

Let’s give testing back the power to enrich and improve learning. And if the role if high-stakes testing is to ensure equity, let’s focus on making the tests equitable. Or are we too addicted to a simplistic view of tests, to causation/correlation fallacies, and to outdated metaphors of school to make abundant access to tests available to all students, parents, and teachers?

EdTech

How Can Data Increase College Access for All?

What is particularly powerful about the Datapalooza, and indeed the overall approach of the current administration towards open data and innovation, is that it sets audacious goals while fostering an environment for entrepreneurial solutions that together provides the tools to achieve them.