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Transforming Professional Learning With Micro-credentials

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By Brenda A. Pearson As a lifelong educator, my professional learning experiences have run the gamut from self-study to week-long intensive institutes. These experiences have increased my knowledge, but few bridged the gap by impacting my instructional practice. The distinction between an impact on knowledge and practice is at the crux of professional learning reform discussions.…

Agilix’s Dawn Academy: Anytime, Anywhere Professional Learning

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  Last fall, Agilix announced that its new mobile-first, video-centric learner platform, Dawn Academy, would be coming soon (see our announcement and smart review posts); and now they have begun to unveil more of Dawn Academy’s capabilities. Educators can check out the platform by enrolling in free courses, and content providers can still reach out to Agilix to…

The Fundamentals of Formative Assessment: How to Build a Practice

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By: Abbey Gonzales and Erin Lester. When we originally recognized formative assessment as a complex practice that demands a combination of “soft” skills and content, we knew we had a challenging, but achievable path ahead of us. Here's what we learned through our practice.

How A Culture of Formative Assessment Impacts Mindsets

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By: Arlena Gaynor. Dallas ISD's integration of formative assessment into classrooms and schools has been a multi-year effort requiring reflection, depth of commitment, and student ownership.

How Teachers Can Be Their Own Best Coaches

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By Dr. Kandace Bethea. Dr. Bethea a Superintendent in a rural school district discusses how she has retained teachers by building a culture of positive and creative self-reflection using video.

What We’ve Learned From Two Years of Piloting Formative Assessment

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By: Katy Escandell and Dr. Lisa Goodnow. After reflecting on the first two years working to establish formative assessment practices in some of their district's classrooms, two Austin ISD district leaders look ahead to sustaining the culture.

Learning and Growing as Educators On A Busy Schedule

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There are many options and resources available to educators for continuing learning. In this post, we share insights from Rachelle Dene Poth that show it simply takes thinking about an area you would like to learn more about, exploring one of the choices and giving it a try.

Podcast: Exploring Inquiry with Kimberly Mitchell

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By: Getting Smart Staff. On today's podcast, Kimberly Mitchell speaks about her new book, Experience Inquiry: 5 Powerful Strategies, 50 Practical Experiences, that explores five strategies any teacher or parent can use to promise inquiry and curiosity.

Teacher Appreciation Week: Creating a Culture of Appreciation

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By: Erin Gohl and Kristen Thorson. During National Teacher Appreciation Week, Erin and Kristen invite us to recognize the importance of honoring teachers and their meaningful work.

Bootcamps: A Viable Alternative to College

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By: Anthony Wood. Teaching hard and soft skills in a fraction of the time and for a fraction of the price of a four-year college, bootcamps can be an attractive alternative for learners and employers alike.

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