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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

What We Know about Successful Instruction in a Digital Environment

Earlier this week, I read this post on Facebook, and it got me thinking… Attention Parents: As we move closer to embarking on what is being called “remote teaching,” I am asking my Facebook friends to refrain …

Published: April 10, 2020

Topics: Curriculum & Instruction, Education Technology, Educators

Teacher Resources While Social Distancing

Empowering student-centered learning in new ways Never have my two worlds collided in such a big way. I have worked in education research for the last 20 years and spent the last several curating the Students …

Published: March 27, 2020

Topics: Anytime Anywhere, Authentic Learning, Community

Scaling is All the Rage, but How Do You Make It Happen?

It’s fall 2017 in New Hampshire. The state’s Performance Assessment for Competency-based Education (PACE) system is entering its third year. Using this alternative state accountability system, 150 teachers in nine school districts have created 14 …

Published: March 13, 2020

Topics: 21st Century Skills, Alternative Assessments, College & Career Readiness



The Power of Protocols for Equity

In this article, Zaretta Hammond, an expert on equity and building more culturally responsive classrooms, discusses the importance of deep student-led discussions and how to have them. She outlines how to use structured protocols to …

Published: May 26, 2020

Topics: 21st Century Skills, Collaborative Group Work, Deeper Learning

Can Responsibilities to Family and Community be Empowering for Youth, Even in a Pandemic?

In this article, the author speculates about the empowering effect of personal responsibility young people might gain through service to their families and communities during the pandemic. The author shares research conducted from a Los …

Published: May 26, 2020

Topics: 21st Century Skills, Community, District Leaders

Fostering a Strong Community in a Virtual Classroom

This article focuses on the importance of building a sense of community during online learning. The author offers practical tips to help students feel comfortable and safe participating in synchronous and asynchronous online learning. The …

Published: May 26, 2020

Topics: 21st Century Skills, Collaborative Group Work, Educators

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