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The Getting Smart team visits hundreds of schools each year and is grateful for the opportunity to see high-quality teaching and learning in action. This series features stories of schools that share best practices, lessons learned and next-gen teaching practices that support high-quality, personalized, project-based learning for all students. 

Smart Schools

Home Series Smart Schools
The Getting Smart team visits hundreds of schools each year and is grateful for the opportunity to see high-quality teaching and learning in action. This series features stories of schools that share best practices, lessons learned and next-gen teaching practices that support high-quality, personalized, project-based learning for all students. 

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What’s Next in Learning? Four Future Trends

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Imagine a platform that enabled you to access local and national opportunities from your smartphone or computer, a place where you can pursue your interests with mentors and peers, building new skills and habits wherever you are, whenever you want. LRNG, now part of Southern New Hampshire University, extends access to learning experiences to underserved youth.…

Four Trends Influencing Education

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A fitness tracker changed my life—it changed how I think about goal-setting and monitoring my exercise, it changed the intentionality of my travels, and it created a new global community of people who share my interests. I’m not alone; about a quarter of U.S. adults use some kind of tracker. The quantified life is one…

Four Emerging Trends in Learning

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Imagine going to school in a museum and studying real artifacts. Imagine a sustained relationship with an advisor who helps you figure out what you’re good at and care about, and where you can make a difference. Imagine high school students designing practical solutions to community problems. Visit an innovative new school like Grand Rapids…

Four Mega Trends Reshaping Global Learning

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Imagine school as a series of community-connected projects and skill sprints that develop leadership, collaboration and problem solving skills. Imagine a web of supports that help you make the kind of contribution you’re capable of making. Visit an innovative new school like Purdue Polytechnic High School in Indianapolis, and you’ll see evidence of mega trends reshaping…

Making Dallas Schools Work for Students, Teachers and Business

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Dallas is in his DNA. Dr. Michael Hinojosa grew up raised a family, taught and coached, and has served as superintendent of schools for Dallas ISD for 10 years. The biggest metroplex in the south, Dallas added more than a million people in this decade. It’s a global business center with more Fortune 500 companies than all…

7 Ways Microschools Help Communities Innovate

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What if you could start a school in six weeks instead of six years? What if you could launch a school for $50,000 rather than $50 million? What if you could test an innovation with 20 kids rather than 2,000? Microschools are popping up around the country. It may not come as a surprise that…

Is the “Place” in Place-Based Learning Enough?

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Place-based learning should be a comprehensive framework and process with clear learning outcomes and curriculum goals to ensure a meaningful experience and support student growth outside the walls of the classroom.

Good Governance: The Foundation for Good Schools

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Good schools, start with good boards. A look at the importance and impact of a strong, committed school board when it comes to charter school success and growth.

Educators, Civic Leaders, Businesses and More Unite For Student AI Showcase

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On January 22nd, the Montour School District opened its doors for a special “Artificial Intelligence (AI) Grand Showcase” event to showcase the first AI middle school program in America. In this post Justin Aglio, Director of Academic Achievement and District Innovation at Montour School District, provides a recap.

It’s Time to Add AI to Your Robotics Competition

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Most industrial robots are preprogrammed or remotely controlled. That’s starting to change with the introduction of artificial intelligence (AI). Some robots operate autonomously and learn to improve task efficiency. When it comes to elementary and secondary school robotics competitions—few involve real AI. However, as Tom explains, the World Artificial Intelligence Competition for Youth is not like other robotics competitions.

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