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Podcast: Embracing the Tension Between Basic Skills and Work Readiness Skills

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In this week's podcast, Tom and Hanna Skandera discuss student agency, new education pathways, employability, as well as Hanna's new initiative, Pathway 2 Tomorrow, which is focused on transforming the current education system.

Now That Schools Are Promoting Broader Definitions of Success, How Do We Measure Progress?

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As more schools adopt broader learning goals, there are a few questions vexing school leaders, including: How can we measure growth in creative thinking? How can we measure whether our graduating high school seniors have the habits necessary to succeed at college and throughout adult life?

What Detroit and Chicago Can Teach Us About Student Growth and School Rating Systems

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By: Chris Minnich. Accountability systems that measure growth recognize a school’s contributions to student progress and reduce bias against educators and schools serving students in diverse, high-poverty communities.

Top 20 Posts from 2018

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2018 is coming to a close. We're reviewing everything we've learned and experienced this last year in preparation for 2019.

What Moment Are You In?

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Tom explores what the question "what moment are you in?" means for education leaders and how the answer to that question shapes education policy.

Four Keys to Success at the Most Innovative Schools in the World

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Recent visits to renowned centers of innovation had David Ross pondering what it means to wear the label "one of the most innovative schools in the world." Here's what he learned made these institutions innovative.

Is Next Gen Learning a Political Act?

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By: Andy Calkins. All parents want whatever their children need in order to fulfill their highest potential. Next-gen learning is a means to this end, one everyone can get behind.

The Importance of Teacher Voice

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Only 59% of teachers surveyed are confident voicing their honest opinions and concerns, but as Cameron Paterson explains, the rich experience and expertise of teachers mean that their opinions should be sought, listened to, and highly valued.

The Importance of What ESSA Plans Do Not Include

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ESSA holds schools accountable for how students learn and achieve. However, as Erin Gohl explains, measures assessing SEL development are universally absent.

Education, State Policy and the Future of Work

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Many of us will agree that it can feel as though our education system is struggling to maintain an at-best-moderate pace of adapting to the quickly changing world around it. This new guide from the XQ Institute provides strategies to help state policymakers change that.

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