GettingSmart.com regularly features content about what is possible in education and lifelong learning. We aim to empower educators and leaders in envisioning and implementing innovative change in their classrooms, on campuses and in companies. Part of this coverage is highlighting the important and inspiring work accomplished by our friends, partners and board members.
We welcome guest posts! For more information on submitting a guest blog, see our Guest Submission and Guidelines page. Our voice is conversational, and our content is positive, practical and forward-leaning. Our goal is to publish thought leadership pieces that are ‘evergreen’ or continually relevant in nature. (Note that we do not accept posts that use sales language.) If you already know what you’re going to write about, please submit your piece using the Writing Submission form here and add a link to your edited version of the Getting Smart blog template.
As we learned in 2020, things are unpredictable. Going forward, we want to remain nimble when it comes to the content we’re focused on sharing, so we don’t have monthly topics but instead are highlighting a few of the topics that we love to think, write and read about at Getting Smart:
New Pathways: The #NewPathways campaign is a road map for American schools, where every learner, regardless of zip code, is on a pathway to productive citizenship, high wage employment and economic mobility, and a purpose-driven life. It will also explore and guide leaders on the big advances of this decade — how access is expanded and personalized, how learning can be guided and supported, and how new capabilities are captured and communicated. When well implemented, these advances will unlock opportunities for all and narrow the equity gap.
Difference Making: This topic is near and dear to our hearts. We believe that powerful learning experiences can and will change the future — through our exploration of difference making we highlight schools, organizations, students and mindsets that make purpose-based learning and contribution the core of education.
This could be a profile of an edleader or student who is a difference maker, a piece about why purpose-based learning needs to be adopted in all schools or a way in which curriculum teaches to the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). We love hearing about the SDGs and would happily consider reflections on those as well.
Telling Their Story (Mastery/Transcription): We believe that standardized transcripts and assessment don’t do learners justice — both in accurately meeting them where they are at and in telling their story. We are dedicated to uncovering the future of transcription to empower learners to share their stories with the world in authentic and powerful ways.
A piece on this topic could document an innovative new transcript model, it could be an op-ed from someone in admissions regarding what they look for and how a transcript can better tell that story, or it could be about providing transparency to learners.