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Small Talk, Big Benefits: Adding Conversations to Reading and Everyday Moments

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By: Erin Gohl & Kristen Thorson. Reading with children has a plethora of developmental benefits. Recent research suggests dialogic, or conversation-based, reading can even further broaden and deepen the benefits of the reading experience.

Using Mastery Data to Measure Growth in Student Learning

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By: Scott Ellis. Mastery learning offers the potential to provide this incredibly valuable data at scale and in real-time so it can be used by educators in their efforts to continuously improve their ability to support students.

Podcast: Dan Condon on Eagle Rock School and PD Center

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Today we talk to Dan Condon, the Associate Director of Professional at Eagle Rock School about community-connected project-based learning.

11 Alternative Schools that are Real Alternatives

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Trying to push all kids through a content-centric, compliance-oriented model just won’t work. A variety of alternative approaches have been attempted; here are a few approaches educators have to develop for youth that haven’t been successful in traditional schools.

8 Organizations Powering Positive Change in New Orleans

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The transformation of New Orleans to a system of charter schools has been a city- and community-supported effort designed around three principles: educator run schools, parent choice, and public oversight.

Solving Interesting Problems With an Entrepreneurial Mindset

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By: Mason Pashia. As the workplace continues to shift, leadership and agility are becoming necessary for all members of a team. An entrepreneurial mindset consists of many of the most useful skills for the future. And no, it doesn’t mean starting your own company.

Pulling It All Together: Examples of Integrating the 5 Elements of Mastery Learning

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By: Scott Ellis. MasteryTrack has been implemented in a wide range of subjects. These mini case studies show the 5 elements of mastery learning in action.

Podcast: Katherine Prince on Navigating the Future of Learning

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Today we’re listening to Tom's discussion with Katherine Prince, who leads the foresight practice at KnowledgeWorks as the Vice President of Strategic Foresight.

10 Strategies for Schools to Improve Parent Engagement

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By: Jennifer Larson. The key to productive and positive parent engagement is a consistent and simplified flow of communication between school, home and all other stakeholders. Schools can take advantage of best practices to give parents more visibility into their child’s day-to-day.

Podcast: Diane Tavenner on What Kids Need for a Fulfilled Life

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Today on the podcast, Tom is speaking with Diane Tavenner and Mira Browne from Summit Public Schools (SPS) to discuss SPS and Diane's new book Prepared: What Kids Need for a Fulfilled Life.

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