student engagement

SEL & Mindset

Developing Purposeful Peak Performers

By: Tim Klein It was at mile 16 of the Boston Marathon that I “hit the wall.” My entire body was giving out on me and I wanted to quit. I had started the race strong, passing hundreds of other runners. Now, runners on both sides were effortlessly passing…

Competency-Based Education

Getting Students to Take Control

Getting students to “buy-in” and take control of their learning starts with seeing them as individuals and understanding each of them has different motives, beliefs and goals. Here are a few ideas to consider to help them start.

SEL & Mindset

Relationships As Engagement: Understanding the Whole Child

In schools across the country, it is quite common to hear teachers, instructional coaches, and administrators talking about student engagement. But as Amanda Winkelsas explains, the path to student engagement is not always as direct as a teacher, coach, or administrator would hope.

Early Learning

How Can Children Aspire to Careers They Don’t Know Exist?

By: Ed Hidalgo. By connecting exciting career options to learning, class work becomes more valuable, reinforcing the idea that school is a path to something that can be fun and rewarding. This district doesn't think career exploration is a "big kid only" topic.

Project-Based Learning

Can Students Learn Entirely on their Own?

Students are capable of learning and organizing themselves completely on their own if they have the freedom to explore, are engaged in authentic and meaningful experiences, and have the chance to exhibit their work. Here's one example.