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Mary Ryerse

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.

Who You Know: Relationships are an Undervalued Asset for Students

By: Mary Ryerse and Michelle Berkeley. What happens when we help develop students' social capital? Mary and Michelle share what they learned in Julia Freeland Fisher's new book, Who You Know.

Arts and Unique Abilities

Discover how one organization uses the power of the creative arts to activate and amplify the voice and choice of its students.

Project-Based Learning and the Performing Arts: A Match Made in Heaven

By: Mary Ryerse and Emily Liebtag. We recently came across "one of the coolest examples of project-based learning" that they have recently seen. When paired with Performing Arts, PBL does not only promote creativity—it inspires.

The Research Base for Formative Assessment

Many believe that formative assessment is an important part of the learning process but how does it work? Mary Ryerse and Susan Brookhart break down the research.

Design Focused High School Builds Tech Talent in Indianapolis

Purdue Polytechnic High School is using design-challenges to give students real-world experiences as they earn their high school diploma. In partnership with Purdue University, PPHS is setting the stage for a new era of learning.

How I Know: Austin ISD Focuses on Social Emotional Learning

Austin ISD emphasizes the importance of relationships as a common thread that helps the district integrate efforts around two of their key focus areas: formative assessment practice and Social Emotional Learning (SEL). Learn more here.

Kids Can Thank Mom by Making a Meal Themselves

Let me preface this section by saying I am not an expert at having kids make the meal. I always marveled at those parents who had an amazing menu plan and activated a rotation where everyone takes responsibility to cook one meal, rotate chores, and so on. We just haven’t been that family and our schedules have never felt that predictable. So, we’ve done more “opportunistic” cooking.