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Mary Ryerse

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Mary is a Director at Getting Smart, where she leads the team’s strategic advisory practice. She helps learning organizations grow and extend impact. She is known for her work in strategy and design; personalized and competency-based learning; readiness; and SEL. You can connect with Mary on Twitter @maryryerse.

Smart Review | Root Robot

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Mary Ryerse and her son Luke review Root Robot from the perspective of a kid and parent. Here's what they learned from their experience with the “little robot with a lot of possibilities."

Scaling Competency-Based Education: Equity-Focused Strategies for Policy and Practice

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By: Tom Vander Ark and Mary Ryerse. This week's episode of the Getting Smart Podcast features an in-depth look at the equity imperative behind competency-based education, current barriers to CBE, and five key points to move the field toward CBE for all.

Smart Review | Rocket and Piano by Let’s Start Coding

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When we heard Let’s Start Coding had new offerings it was a no-brainer to decide to give them a try. Speaking as a mom, I have probably learned more about coding language from this particular line of products than any others we’ve tried. Learn more here.

Building a Collaborative Culture: From Inspiration to Application

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By: Mary Ryerse and Bob Rosenfeld. Creating a collaborative culture takes time and remains a continual process. This post explores how formative assessment can help.

25 Reasons to Give Thanks for Teachers

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Here are 25 teacher behaviors that we are grateful for and that might jog your memory of personal stories about a teacher in your life. Take time during the next few days to let them know how they positively impact our world and #thankateacher.

The Power of Teacher-to-Teacher Observations: A Formative Assessment Field Trip

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A group of teachers recently set out on an adventure to conduct classroom observations and to seek out answers to some of their key questions about formative assessment. Here's what they learned.

How I Know: Impacting the Classroom through Student-Driven Learning in Dallas

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In Dallas Independent School District (Dallas ISD), as teachers work to embed new social studies and language arts curricular resources, there is a special focus on student-driven learning. This post explores the significant role played by formative assessment.