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Youth Involvement in Evaluation Research in Issues and Opportunities in Out-of-School Time Evaluations

Harvard Family Research Project

This article examines what current youth as researchers projects really look like. It describes the findings from focus groups and… Read More »


Metacognition: The Gift That Keeps Giving

Donna Wilson, Ph.D., co-authored by Marcus Conyers

This short article discusses the benefits of teaching metacognition explicitly in the classroom. The author suggests several tips to help… Read More »


Competency Education: Frequently Asked Parent Questions

Brian Stack

In this short article, the principal of a school that has been using competency-based education and assessment for five years… Read More »


Proficiency-Based Learning and the Growth Mindset: A Classroom Example

Amy Dickson

This article describes the approach taken by a physics teacher at Prospect Hill Academy in Boston to support all students… Read More »


CBHS Principal Named 2014 Lawrence O’Toole Award Recipient

Portland Public Schools

This article provides information on the 2014 Larry O’Toole Award winner. Casco Bay High School Principal Derek Pierce was awarded… Read More »


The Promise of Extended Learning Opportunities: New, Powerful, and Personalized Options for High School Students

The Nellie Mae Education Foundation

In this article, Nellie Mae Education Foundation president Nicholas Donohue describes the potential that expanded learning opportunities can have in… Read More »


Building and Sustaining Education Reform Through Relational Power

Annenberg Institute for School Reform

This commentary talks about how relational power — power developed collaboratively with others — is crucial to the success of… Read More »


The Courage to Confront Equity Issues in Competency Education

Chris Sturgis

This article discusses the importance of maintaining conversations about equity as the field moves towards more learner-centered models. It makes compelling arguments for… Read More »


Rising to the Challenge: Are High School Graduates Prepared for College and Work?


This article introduces a new national survey released by Achieve in December 2014. The report surveyed over 1,300 recent public… Read More »

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Teaching Perseverance and Resilience

Paul Tough’s best-seller, How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character, dramatically underscores what cognitive psychologists like… Read More »

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