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William Bryant

William Bryant, PhD, is a Getting Smart Columnist, and founder and CEO of BetterRhetor, a company dedicated to closing the college-readiness gap. You can connect with him on Twitter: @BetterRhetor.
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Teaching American Values in a Time of Protest

William discusses how schools must play a vital role in helping to inform an engaged citizenry and rising generation of civic-minded students.

Expanding Our Notion of Student Agency

Student agency from a sociocultural perspective has as much to do with external factors that shape experiences and possibilities as it does with internal attributes. Read more from one of our regular columnists on why it's time to expand our notion of student agency.
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Online Education Connecting Learners to Enterprising Teachers Worldwide

Today MOOCs are available by the thousands on marketplace platforms with global reach. But there is also another tier of online courses feeding global education, offered not by universities but by individuals. Learning platforms such as Teachable, Thinkific, and Ruzuku have flipped the script on MOOCs: now anyone anywhere can not only take an online course but build and teach one, too.

The Future of Testing

Future forms of large-scale assessment will function as integral dimensions of learning itself, rather than interruptions. They’ll both evaluate and reinforce the full array of knowledge and skills required for the success in both academic work and in real life.

A Place for the Humanities in the Digital Age

The rift between technical and humanistic fields today is closing, and K-12 teachers and students will find online a host of digital humanities resources in three primary areas: human geography, historical archives, and text analysis.

At The Intersection of Creativity and Critical Thinking

Generally speaking, creativity is associated with generating ideas, while critical thinking is associated with judging them. In practice, however, the two are not so easy to separate. In this post, we explore their relationship in greater detail.

Integrating Cognitive, Social and Personal Competencies

By: William Bryant. Personal and social skills typically get defined and taught separately from conventional schoolwork. Here, we look at some ways to successfully integrate cognitive, social and personal competencies.


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