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Tools for Scaling Best Practices: Windows, Bridges and Roadmaps

Our last two blog posts (here and here) explored the scaling of Work-Study Practices (WSPs, a.k.a., deeper learning competencies) in New Hampshire, the growth of this education innovation in the state and the role of …

Published: July 31, 2020

Topics: Alternative Assessments, Competency Education, Deeper Learning

Providence Students Use Data to Participate in System Change

Beyoncé and many others have said, “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.” This is particularly true during the myriad crises presented by our current pandemic. But even before COVID-19, way back in the summer …

Published: July 07, 2020

Topics: Action Research, Community, Equity and Diverse Learners

Three Ways to Scale Student-Centered Reforms in Your System

Since 2014, New Hampshire educators can meet academic accountability requirements through a statewide Performance Assessment for Competency-based Education (PACE) system. Aimed at capturing a more authentic assessment of content knowledge, educators have developed and scored …

Published: June 12, 2020

Topics: 21st Century Skills, Alternative Assessments, Competency Education

Story as Salve: The Impact of Sharing Lived Experience in Youth Voice Work

Photo Credit: Celia Herrera / URBN Brands I am so tired of being confused. All those years of knowledge, and still I lose. Is it C or B? Should I choose A or D? I second guess myself; …

Published: May 26, 2020

Topics: Equity and Diverse Learners, Student Voice, Student-Centered Learning

Not a Normal Convening but What’s Normal Anyway?

The Student-Centered Learning Research Collaborative hosted its bi-annual grantee convening May 7-8. Our original plans were to meet in Philadelphia and visit with student activists and educators, but like so many of us are doing …

Published: May 13, 2020

Topics: Educational Research, Equity and Diverse Learners, Leadership

Ensuring Student-Centered Opportunities for All Students

I trust it is the hope of every principal that the educational debt Ladson-Billings refers to is resolved at the end of each academic year and that all students have achieved equitable learning outcomes. But …

Published: April 23, 2020

Topics: Community, Culture and Leadership, Engagement



Promise and Peril: Examining the Role of Ed Tech for Students With Disabilities

This report released by the National Center for Learning Disabilities poses the essential questions that must be asked when approaching ed-tech investments. The resource highlights both the challenges and opportunities presented by school closures and …

Published: August 03, 2020

Topics: District Leaders, Edtech, Education Technology

How Students Benefit from a School Reopening Plan Designed for Those at the Margins

This article advocates for designing inclusive solutions during the pandemic. It encourages educators to plan first and foremost for those students at the margins, who whether due to disabilities, poverty, or homelessness were often not …

Published: August 03, 2020

Topics: Universal Design for Learning (UDL)

Eastside Students Write Books on How to Overcome a Pandemic

This news article features stories written by a middle school class in Bullitt County, KY describing their experiences with the COVID-19 pandemic. The story discusses the class project to create ebooks documenting their experiences and …

Published: July 28, 2020

Topics: Student Attitudes, Student Centered Learning in Action

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