• Hard to Do Well: Project-Based Learning and Authentic Learning Design

    Author: Grace Belfiore These days shout-outs to Project-Based Learning (PBL) and other forms of experiential learning are coming from all corners of the education world—take the showcasing of High Tech High in Ted Dintersmith’s documentary Most Likely to Succeed, the new It’s a...

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  • 6 Top Tips to Reimagine Space and Time to Impact Student Learning

    Author: Catherine Lange NGLC partnered with 2Revolutions to produce a toolkit on Reimagining Space, Time & Staffing this fall. In it, we provide resources and ideas to schools looking for new ways for their buildings, schedules, and talent to advance student learning, not get in the way of...

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  • Personalized Learning Can’t Ignore School Leaders

    Authors: Michael DeArmond & Betheny Gross This post originally appeared on CRPE.org. Over the course of this project we’ve heard a lot from schools about what personalized learning (PL) means for teachers and classrooms, but less about what it means for principals—and that is...

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  • From Dinopocalypse to Digital Badges at Del Lago Academy

    When the science team at the Del Lago Academy (DLA) assigned their scholars the performance task of designing an experiment related to the Dinopocalypse theory—an explanation of dinosaur extinction that NASA has called “terrifying and nearly unimaginable” though entirely plausible...

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  • Technology’s Unmet Progressive Promise

    Author: Michael DeArmond This post originally appeared on CRPE.org, it's the second in a series on personalized learning, "Notes From the Field." Twenty-five years ago, I was a young history teacher soaking up progressive teaching methods that aimed to foster deep,...

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  • Project-Based Learning: Necessary but Insufficient

    By Sherre Vernon, Nicole Tempel Assisi, and Jaclyn Vasko The best projects share a set of qualities: Projects align to the content and standards of instruction. Projects are backwards planned, toward a specific outcome, with gradually more difficult, and more independent...

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  • How to Hire Teachers with a Next Gen Mindset

    Many schools are looking to hire caring and talented people, yet we’ve recently discovered that successful next gen schools are reimagining hiring as one more rich dimension of their overall learning design. The result? Thoughtful, performance-oriented processes for selecting top talent....

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  • Beware the Iconography Trap of Personalized Learning: Rigor Matters

    This post originally appeared on CRPE.org. By Betheny Gross My colleague and I recently visited a middle school science classroom. Students, outfitted with safety glasses, were organized into groups of three to four. The room was lively but not disorderly as each group worked on its own...

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  • This Month in Next Generation Learning: Equity, Agency & Empathy

    Student Agency: The Equity Challenge of Our Day, Education Week “We know this: that middle- and upper-income families are rarely, if ever, asked to choose between strong skills or strong projects. They do not have to pick between developing core reading and math skills and developing strong...

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  • The Power of Student Agency in Assessment and Learning

    Two weeks ago, I had the pleasure of joining about 30 educators for the summer leadership session of WestEd’s Student Agency in Assessment & Learning (SAAL) project. Like many professional learning experiences, we spent some time watching classroom videos. But this time, we were...

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