How Our School Shared Student-Centered Learning With Families

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Over the past four years, the Winship School’s instructional focus has been to create student-centered learning environments for all students, all the time. This focus has been a major driver of our school’s success. As a result of this intentional focus and our aligned efforts, we were able to enhance our capacity to meet students’ academic,… Read More ›

One School’s Commitment to Equity Using Student-Centered Learning

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We know that within the past year lower-income families have been relegated to remote learning with inconsistent or nonexistent internet service, improper removal from special education services, lack of suitable WIFI-enabled devices, insufficient or nonexistent childcare, food insecurity and innumerable other challenges. Comparatively, wealthier families have in-person classes, higher diversion rates to private schools, availability… Read More ›

10 Drivers of Engagement You Can Use Right Now

Whether learning occurs in brick-and-mortar schools or in virtual environments, student engagement drives an impressive array of student outcomes. Eric Toshalis, Senior Director of Impact at KnowledgeWorks, uses research to present and explain ways educators can drive student engagement in their classrooms regardless of whether they are teaching virtually or in-person. Below is a list of resources… Read More ›

Resource Round-Up: Peer Discussions

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We know engaging discussion with peers builds community, leads to deeper learning and motivates students. Figuring out how to create meaningful dialogue and get every student to participate is tough in the classroom. Finding new ways to do this remotely is an even bigger challenge. So, we have compiled advice from fellow teachers to help… Read More ›

The Resources You Loved in 2020

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We can all agree 2020 was a difficult year. But it did bring many opportunities for change, and Students at the Center has been here to offer a guiding hand. We hope you’ve found at least one thing to help you build a more resilient, equitable future for your classrooms and schools. Here are your… Read More ›

Resource Round Up: Project-Based Learning at a Distance

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At first glance, project-based learning (PBL) may seem out of reach during remote learning. Bringing together schools, community members and business partners to engage students in authentic problem-solving may seem daunting. However, with creative adaptations, schools committed to project-based learning are continuing their work. At any school, teachers can embrace best practices and engage students… Read More ›

Strategies for Making Human-Centered Learning a Reality

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Human-centered learning allows people to relate in new ways to education systems, society and the natural environment. In a recent publication, KnowledgeWorks introduces a bold, aspirational vision human-centered learning – for education that enables life-affirming experiences and outcomes for everyone involved in learning systems. The paper looks at the four essential elements of human-centered learning… Read More ›

Three Lessons From New Hampshire’s Effort to Expand Deeper Learning

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In 2019, Aurora Institute released the new definition of competency-based learning. This seven-part definition was developed with extensive support from practitioners, researchers and leaders across the country. Image courtesy of Vander Els and Stack, 2019 This updated definition reflects a deeper understanding of key issues and developments in the field. This is certainly true for… Read More ›

Resource Round Up: Competency-Based Education

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Stakeholders throughout the education field are asking how student-centered approaches might address inequities and challenges. Some schools already utilizing a personalized, competency-based approach have found the transition to remote learning less difficult, though the articles below make a case for adopting competency-based approaches during remote learning – and in the future. How to Use Online… Read More ›

A Roadmap for Student Self-Direction: Building Essential Skills for the Future

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The BEST Self-Direction Toolkit is a collection of resources for teachers to use in the classroom for instruction and assessment that focuses on self-direction. The toolkit includes the self-direction rubric, self-direction activities and targeted resources for teachers. All tools are designed by teachers and tested in the classroom. Who is the toolkit for? It’s for… Read More ›

Resource Round-Up: Motivation and Remote Learning

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I bet that if you are reading this, you are teaching remotely at least some part of your week. Keeping students motivated and engaged in this new learning format is an ongoing challenge. Below are some thoughts from fellow educators and researchers to spark some ideas you can try in your virtual classrooms. How to… Read More ›