Leadership

Meet the Culture Hackers: Microcredentials Aren’t Just for Students

[…] Public Schools (Harmony) received a Race to the Top grant in 2012, a lot of expectations changed across the system. As student-centered models for instruction took hold, teachers demanded higher quality professional learning experiences and requested more academic leadership from their administration including more collaboration with their colleagues. The competency-based approach to professional learning […]

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Equity & Access

What is Vertical Coherence and Why Does it Matter for Equity?

[…] which is logically-structured, builds on previous learning, and facilitates student mastery of standards in every grade. Vertical coherence is a challenge in the best of times when teachers work physically side by side in buildings—talking during breaks, sharing plans, and co-creating lessons in person. But the COVID-19 pandemic has forced many teachers to work […]

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Equity & Access

How Educators Can Help Students Understand Their Own Neuroscience, and In Turn, Foster Positive Classroom Behaviors

[…] in a behavior, their brains recognize patterns and create neural pathways to perform the behavior more efficiently. With this knowledge of how their students’ brains are developing, teachers can adapt their responses to students in a manner that encourages greater self-awareness and positive behavioral change. Awareness of their students’ stages of psychological development helps […]

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Equity & Access

Shifting Demographics: How School Districts are Diversifying their Workforce to Serve All Students

[…] highest level of academic and wellbeing support. District leaders are recognizing this moment as an opportunity rather than a divide, as a significant percentage of the current teacher demographic retires or leaves the profession, a clear and present opportunity is in expanding the current pipeline and workforce models to attract the teacher talent of […]

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Leadership

Harmony’s Commitment to Microcredentials: A Close Look at their Professional Learning Experience

[…] and contextualized to their practice can happen in our schools, however. It takes a commitment to establish a system replete with natural opportunities to invest in a teacher’s career advancement and Harmony Public Schools has made that commitment. As Harmony’s Robert Thornton said in his recent post, starting a microcredential track is often born […]

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Learner-Centered

What Can Students Do?

[…] of the US intelligence service, who pointed out how crucial critical thinking is to their roles. Secondly, I have a vivid recollection of a presenter claiming that teachers are guilty of doing far too much thinking for students. On the trip home, I found myself wondering what students could take responsibility for that teachers […]

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Learner-Centered

Avoiding Accidental Harm: Fostering Positive Impact on Students’ Lives

[…] Klein At a conference in Malaysia in the spring of 2023, I heard keynote speaker Todd Shy, author of Teaching Life: Life Lessons for Aspiring (and Inspiring) Teachers (2021) and head of upper school at Avenues in New York, refer to education as a “human event” that changes lives for the better. He shared […]

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EdTech

The Rise of Artificial Intelligence and the Implications for School Districts

[…] beginning to serve as role-based agents. In Co-Intelligence: Living and Working with AI, Warton professor Ethan Mollick Mollick urges us to engage with AI as co-workers, co- teachers, and coaches. He assesses its profound impact on business and education and shows what it means to think and work together with smart machines, and why […]

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Leadership

A Question of Trust: The Arcadia Unified Better Together Project

[…] Winter and Spring of 2019 and 2020 from 11 K-12 schools in the Arcadia Unified School District. Data came from a total of 42 school leaders, 371 teachers, 1622 students, 409 parents, and 174 classified staff reflecting close to a 70% response rate. Seven stakeholder groups were invited for the survey round, interviews with […]

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Place Based Education

The Trail to Recovery: Addressing Learning Gaps Through Project-Based Learning

[…] guide, which you can download here, recommends specific approaches and strategies for addressing the previously mentioned concerns. These suggestions form a sort of “trail” that schools and teachers can follow when considering the best way to address this issue. This trail includes; 1) project-based learning, 2) engaging students in collaboration, 3) enrichment 4) field […]

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