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 ›

The Critical Importance of Youth-Led Research

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Youth-led research plays a critical role in advancing student-centered education. It provides the opportunity to elevate student voice and transform an inequitable education system. Research, at its most powerful, combines methodological rigor with the openness to inquire from our lived experiences. Inhabiting this vulnerable place is necessary to provoke us to venture into uncomfortable spaces… Read More ›

Glossary of Education Terms

Get definitions and explanations of commons terms and phrases used when talking about personalized, learner-centered environments.

Commons terms and phrases used when talking about personalized, learner-centered environments, as used in Educator Competencies A – E | F – J | K – O | Q – T | U- Z Anytime/Anywhere Learning Students have equitable opportunities to learn outside of the typical school day and year, and outside of the classroom… Read More ›

Lesson Study: Resources for Administrators, Educators and Guardians

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In order to improve student learning, teachers need opportunities to observe and discuss instruction. Lesson study provides a structure for teachers to collaborate around pressing problems of practice and to engage in cycles of inquiry to explore the intersection of pedagogy and student learning. School Administrators Are you a school leader or department head who wants a… Read More ›

Diversity Talks

Diversity Talks is a Rhode Island organization dedicated to bringing students to the forefront of conversations about race and equity. This group, founded by two students and a teacher, trains students to lead teacher professional development around race and diversity. The founders believe that to help schools address issues of inequality in education, students’ own voices… Read More ›

Tools for Scaling Best Practices: Windows, Bridges and Roadmaps

Our last two articles (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 a statewide, nonprofit intermediary, the New Hampshire Learning Initiative (NHLI) as a scaling agent. There is another driver of scale observed… Read More ›

Dual Capacity-Building Framework for Family-School Partnerships

This tool is an update of the groundbreaking framework for family-school partnerships, designed in 2014 by researcher and family engagement expert Karen Mapp, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Education and the Southwest Educational Development Lab. The revisions were made after several years of research which point to the pivotal role of trust in… Read More ›

15 Classroom Resources for Discussing Racism, Policing and Protest

This blog article offers many useful resources to help teachers talk to students about racism and current events. This article discusses the importance of tackling tough conversations about race, racism, and the related protests with students; even when these must occur virtually. It includes a lengthy list of resources that teachers can use right away.… Read More ›

Educators Tackle Tough Conversations about Race and Violence – This Time Virtually

This article discusses the importance of discussing current events with students. It presents examples of the many different ways that educators around the country are tackling tough conversations with their students about current events and systemic racism while students are participating in remote learning. Source Organization: Chalk Beat Visit the Resource

A Plan to Safely Reopen America’s Schools and Communities

This detailed “Plan to Safely Reopen America’s Schools and Communities” was designed to help communities chart a path to safely and responsibly reopen school buildings and other institutions. It features five core pillars based on science as well as educator and healthcare expertise. The document shows how to effectively respond to the crisis, especially emphasizing… Read More ›

Relationships Check

The Relationships Check is a tool to spark self-reflection and conversation among peers and within families. During social distancing, it can be hard to maintain deep relationships with young people. However, meaningful relationships with caring adults are critical to children’s wellbeing during this time. Parents, community partners, educators, or anyone working with youth, can take… Read More ›