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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.

Five Learner-Centered Opportunities in Oakland

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A look at our recent visit to Bay Area organizations that are creating meaningful learning experiences and connections for their youth.

Build Support, Innovate, Repeat: Agile Public Education in Colorado

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By: Tom Vander Ark. With thoughtful sustained leadership, big school districts can earn community trust, establish and maintain rigorous academic standards, and become agile—even innovative. This is one district's story.

Making PBL Stick Part 1: All It Takes is 5 Minutes

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By: Jenny Pieratt. Jenny details how to make project-based learning (PBL) stick this year through a 5-minute reflection.

We’ve Got It Backwards: Starting With Content Rather than Learners Doesn’t Work

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Why are high school students so bored? How could we engage them to learn the required content? How can we nudge, support, and coerce college learners to graduation? What if we’re asking the wrong questions? What if memorizing content and procedures wasn’t the point? A short paper in a small journal provided profound advice for modern learning…

The Lure of the Classroom

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In 1994 I made what many of my colleagues considered a foolish choice: I quit a successful career in journalism to become a classroom teacher. That decision led to six years of teaching middle school in Southern California and another four years at New Technology High in Napa, Calif. I earned many accolades for my work, so…

 Podcast: Richard Barth on Building A National School Brand

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Today the Getting Smart staff speaks with Richard Barth, the CEO of the KIPP Foundation about his experience growing KIPP from 40 schools to 224 nationally and building a national brand.

Podcast: Elisa Villanueva-Beard on Teacher Leadership

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On today's episode, the Getting Smart staff speaks with Teach for America's CEO Elisa Villanueva Beard about teacher leadership.

Three Strategies for Providing Top-down Support for Bottom-up Change

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The Colorado Education Initiative partnered with Stanford University’s School Retool Fellowship to empower Colorado school and district leaders to be the agents of change for equitable deeper learning.

Podcast: Esther Wojcicki on Raising Successful People

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On this week's podcast, we interview Esther Wojcicki and discuss her new book How to Raise Successful People: Simple Lessons for Radical Results.

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