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Getting Through

Getting Smart has launched the Getting Through series to support educators, leaders and families on the path forward during such an uncertain time. This series will provide resources and inspiration as we face long term school closures, new learning environments, and address equity and access from a new lens. Whether you are just getting started with distance or online learning, or you’ve had plans in place and have the opportunity to share your work and guidance with others, there is a place for your voice and an opportunity to learn.

The Power of Place

Place-Based Education (PBE) is an approach to education that takes advantage of geography to make learning authentic, meaningful and engaging for learners. PBE is defined as an immersive learning experience that “places students in local heritage, cultures, landscapes, opportunities and experiences–using these as a foundation for the study of language arts, mathematics, social studies, science and other subjects across the curriculum.” We hope you enjoy our multi-year campaign of developing school and community profiles, resources and our new guide to PBE “The Power of Place”.

The Future of Work

The future of work is here, and with it, new challenges — so what does this mean for teaching and learning? It means more contribution and young people learning how to make a difference. In our exploration of the #futureofwork, sponsored by eduInnovation and powered by Getting Smart, we dive into what’s happening, what’s coming and how schools might prepare.

Difference Making

Our challenges and opportunities are shared and it’s never been easier, or more important to make a difference. From hundreds of school visits and thousands of conversations with students, parents, preachers, policy-makers and the like — making a difference has emerged as the most important way for us to transform learning experiences for young people and build a better future for all. We look forward to continuing to share these experiences with you through our blog and an upcoming book.

Network Effect

The new thing in education is working in networks. And there’s good reason because the demands of the work have outstripped the toolset. We’ve (probably) reached a point of maximum complexity where more teachers are shooting for broader aims but with old constraints and inadequate tools and supports. The answer is working together in networks. This series explores how formal and informal networks improve learning outcomes for students and create an opportunity for high-quality, personalized learning at scale. In addition to this series, Tom and Lydia Dobyns have co-authored a new book titled Better Together: How to Leverage School Networks for Smarter Personalized and Project Based Learning which shares strategies to build and scale effective school networks, as well as information on leadership, business models, governance, school supports, and advocacy that will go a long way for creating an environment where school networks thrive.

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Project-Based World

In this year-long campaign titled “It’s a Project-Based World,” Getting Smart explored the economic realities of a project-based world as part of the equity movement to ensure all students are prepared for college, career and citizenship. The purpose of this project was to promote equity and access to deeper learning outcomes for all students. We cultivated a blog series exploring topics around the preparation of students, teachers and leaders for a project-based world. In addition to the blog series, the campaign included podcast interviews, publications, infographics and speaking engagements. For more see our It’s a Project-based World campaign page.

Smart Cities

This book and series was created from a two year investigation project launched to discover the civic formula required to dramatically boost learning outcomes and employability. For more visit our Smart Cities book page

Smart Parents

We spend a lot of our time creating and sharing resources for educators and parents (who are often one and the same audience). Time and time again, we observe that families are left out of the equation when it comes to determining the primary audience for education reports, papers and articles—even though they are among the hungriest for informed opinions that can help them. Smart Parents is a blog series for parents, by parents who are navigating educational opportunities + making powerful decisions for and with their students. Learn more in Smart Parents: Parenting for Powerful Learning.

Smart Schools

The Getting Smart team visits hundreds of schools each year and is grateful for the opportunity to see high-quality teaching and learning in action. This series features stories of schools that share best practices, lessons learned and next-gen teaching practices that support high-quality, personalized, project-based learning for all students.

Show What You Know

Our traditional system of measuring and credentialing learning, which we have relied on for over 100 years, can no longer adjust quickly enough to continue preparing our students for success in a world quickly changing as a result of technologies like AI. Traditionally underserved students are likely to suffer the worst from this shift. Competency-based school models take advantage of new tools and strategies to enable students to learn at their own pace, any time, and everywhere, and if designed with a focus on equity they hold great promise for improving learning for all students. The shift from marking time to ‘show what you know’ and ‘move on when ready’ will take a generation to become widespread, but it has the potential to better prepare more young people for the innovation economy. This series explores where we’re at in (and ways to accelerate) this shift.

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Smart Lists

We view “Smart Lists” as a chance to highlight resources, schools, and organizations doing good work in specific areas of education. Smart Lists are some of our most viewed posts. Interested in sponsoring a Smart List? Email Jessica to learn more about what we offer.

Smart Planet

The Smart Planet series seeks out stories from educators and organizations (around the world) addressing social justice, civil rights and equity. Find out how leaders are teaching in light of these new challenges. Move beyond collection of resources to actually doing.

Smart Teachers

Smart Teachers is for celebrating the work of powerful educators working to innovate classrooms and provide high-quality learning experiences.