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70 Elementary & Middle Schools Worth Visiting

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We believe school visits are the best form of professional learning. Based on a couple thousand school visits, and with help from colleagues and readers, we’ve compiled this list of elementary and middle schools that can give educators a better sense of what’s possible.

20 Signs of Progress at Singapore American School

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In this week's episode of the podcast Tom talks about the progress seen at Singapore American School when it comes to prepping students for life and college.

The Case For Competency-Based Education

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The global shift to competency is underway. It will better enable us to meet students where they are, ensure that they get what they need, and help them tell their unique story. Everyone involved in education has opportunities to help make the transition faster, better and more equitably.

How Teachers and Leaders Can Promote Personalized Learning

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Personalized learning is the future of education. In the latest episode of the podcast, Tom shares five important attributes, five tips on learning environments and how teachers and leaders can help promote personalized learning.

Family Technology Pact: Why You Need One and the Hidden Benefits

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By: Rachel Wigglesworth. Everyone uses digital media nowadays. How can we navigate what is an appropriate amount of use with our families? Rachel shares how she is trying a family "technology pact."

Project-Based Learning Connects Real World With Deep Impact

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In a special throwback episode of the Getting Smart Podcast, we feature student stories about their experiences with project-based learning (PBL), an interview with a PBL STEM teacher and interviews with education leaders Bob Lenz and John Larmer of Buck Institute for Education about PBL and the impact PBL has on student achievement.

The Case for Competency as a New Equity Agenda

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By: Tom Vander Ark and Mary Ryerse. What if our education system was designed with a commitment to equity at the forefront, and was set up to help all students achieve at high levels? This post makes the case for competency-based education as a valuable tool for achieving this goal.

Show What You Know: A Landscape Analysis of Competency-Based Education

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Our new report, commisioned and published today by XQ, provides an in-depth look at the current status of competency-based education in the U.S., barriers impeding its adoption, and reflections on some of the more complex transition issues.

Randy Ziegenfuss on Teacher Leadership and Student-Centered Learning

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In this episode, Tom chats with Randy Ziegenfuss about his journey as an educator, his time at Salisbury and his podcast, "Shift Your Paradigm."

Who You Know: Relationships are an Undervalued Asset for Students

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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.

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