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Maker Education Edutopia

Details: Starting a School Makerspace from Scratch. Successfully launching a school makerspace includes community buy-in, generating a student buzz, finding cheap or free resources, and building maker activities into the curriculum. Colleen Graves. 4.1k.

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Environmental Education Edutopia

Details: 5 Benefits of Outdoor Education. An outdoor education program builds community and culture, raises expectations and standards, increases connection between students, and develops positive associations around school and the outdoors. Michael Becker. 3.6k.

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A New Way of Learning: Innovative School Models Edutopia

Details: Many education experts believe learning works best when it is personalized. For Dennis Littky and Elliot Washor, founders of the Metropolitan Regional Career and Technical Center (the Met) , in Providence, Rhode Island, personalized learning means designing a blend of courses, internships, and experiences that respond to the needs and interests

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A Glossary for the Current Education Debate Edutopia

Details: Education Savings Accounts (ESAs): state funds put into special savings accounts that parents manage for education expenses. The funds, which represent all or some of the money the state would have spent educating the child in public schools, can be used for qualifying expenses that can include private school tuition and fees, tutoring and test

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What Past Education Emergencies Tell Us About Our Future

Details: About 9 out of 10 students are out of school worldwide right now, writes Anya Kamenetz for NPR—a global school shutdown on an unprecedented scale. While no historical event is identical to the coronavirus pandemic, Kamenetz spoke with experts in the field of “education emergencies,” probing for lessons learned in regions that experienced extended school closures due to humanitarian

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Germany Takes On Education Reform (Education Everywhere

Details: Education Everywhere Video Series This series takes a look at high-achieving education systems and model schools around the world to see what makes them successful. This series is a co-production with the Pearson Foundation. Germany is the largest country in the European Union, with a population of eighty-two million.

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Education Speak: Defining Innovation Edutopia

Details: According to Merriam Webster, it's defined as: 1) the introduction of something new, 2) a new idea, method, or device: novelty. This week in Doha, Qatar, the Qatar Foundation is holding the World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE). Earlier this year, the Office of Innovation and Improvement at the US Department of Education held a $600

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Why Pre-K Education is Worth the Cost Edutopia

Details: The recent two-week budget measure which did avert a government shutdown, starts these cuts -- $66 million was cut from Even Start, a grant program that supports local family literacy projects that integrate early childhood education, adult literacy, parenting education, and interactive parent and child literacy activities for low-income families and teen parents.

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Big Thinkers on Education Edutopia

Details: Big Thinkers on Education. January 28, 2010. close modal. Some of the most compelling visionaries in the world -- from Sir Ken Robinson to Jane Goodall to Martin Scorsese -- are focusing their attention on how to improve education. From innovative classroom concepts to suggestions on how to foster creativity and collaboration, they share their

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How Online Simulations Work in the Classroom Edutopia

Details: Also, check out Kar2ouche, a product of Immersive Education that asks students to work together in groups to "compose role-plays, storyboards, movies, and animations"; according to the Web site, this experience "encourages creative self-expression, engages learners to develop narration and storytelling, and fuels collaboration, peer discussion, and debate."

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How to Beat "Teacher Proof" Programs Edutopia

Details: Education Trends. How to Beat "Teacher Proof" Programs. By Richard Curwin. July 31, 2012. The word "foolproof" means that even a fool can do it. So what do we make of programs that claim to be "teacher proof?" The growing trend to incorporate programs that are devoid of teachers deciding what to teach, when to teach it and how to teach it, is a

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The Key Components of Effective Teacher Preparation: The

Details: President, National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education. Teaching today is where medicine was just about one-hundred years ago. Indeed, there was a revolution in both the practice of medicine and in medical education that occurred between 1890 and 1910. And I like to believe that we are in the middle of a comparable revolution in our

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Integrating ELL Students in General Education Classes

Details: Most general education teachers of ELLs (English-language learners) will tell you they are usually doing one of two things to support their readers. They are figuring out either the best way to teach them within a full-class inclusion, or what kind of activities can suit their abilities within a …

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How Educators Can Take a Stand Against Discriminatory

Details: What’s tragic about this story is that Grace, a special education student, was ultimately found guilty of struggling to adjust to our new normal of online learning—a common issue that’s shared by millions of parents, students, and teachers nationwide.

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Edutopia History of Impact

Details: Education Nation is published, drawing on author Milton Chen's extensive experience in media and his twelve years as executive director of the George Lucas Educational Foundation. Education Nation offers myriad examples from Edutopia.org of films, articles, and resources, illustrating ways technology positively impacts student learning. Education Nation was selected as a Top Education Book of

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George Lucas: What Education Means to Me Edutopia

Details: Perhaps Allen Glenn, a professor and former dean of education at the University of Washington, is right when he says, "The biggest obstacle to school change is our memories." Creating schools for the twenty-first century requires less time looking in the rearview mirror and more vision anticipating the road ahead.

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Innovation: Significant Positive Change Edutopia

Details: Education Trends. Innovation: Significant Positive Change. Educational innovation means finding new, positive, impactful ways to rethink roles and responsibilities, create meaningful learning opportunities, and enable students to untangle complexity. By Beth Holland. December 23, 2014

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Sharing Student Work Beyond the Classroom Edutopia

Details: To bring similar benefits to many more schools, a national campaign called Share Your Learning aims to have 5 million students across the U.S. sharing their stories of learning by 2020. That will require the participation of 300,000 teachers. “This could move the needle of what public education can look like,” says Mari Jones, co-director of the campaign. Share Your Learning is a project

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Education Equity: Tackling the Term "At Risk" Edutopia

Details: Education Equity. Education Equity: Tackling the Term "At Risk" By Ben Johnson. December 18, 2014. We actually won our first basketball game! I had my doubts when the other team showed up in three times our numbers (we only had six young men) and they all had snazzy blue uniforms (our team had t-shirts with the numbers drawn on the back with

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It Takes a Planet: Education Is a Common Thread Edutopia

Details: Education varies according to need, sometimes widely. What hunter-gatherers in the Amazon rain forest need their next generation to know is very different from what a child on Manhattan's Upper West Side is taught, but the unifying theme is that learning is crucial, whether the lesson is avoiding jaguars or looking both ways before crossing.

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Social-Emotional Apps for Special Ed Edutopia

Details: Social and emotional learning (SEL) is the cornerstone of emotional intelligence, as these abilities do not come naturally for some special education students. Children in special ed settings need to have their confidence, courage, and emotional awareness nurtured in order to successfully play, work, cooperate, and be productive in their studies.

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Important Trends in Teacher Preparation: The Experts Share

Details: One of the most intriguing developments in teacher education over the last few years has been the emergence of the professional development school. It is a structure that in some sense serves as an exemplar or a model institution between the university and the K-12 school setting. It is a K-12 school, but it is a school that really has four

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Academic Integrity: Cheat or Be Cheated

Details: Guest blogger Denise Pope, senior lecturer at Stanford's Graduate School of Education, looks at the culture of desperation that encourages widespread student cheating and suggests five steps toward academic integrity in the classroom.

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Teacher Collaboration: When Belief Systems Collide Edutopia

Details: Social Reconstructionism: Social reconstructionists believe that the purpose of education is to help students become good citizens who can help take care of the world. They view learners as social beings who ought to be concerned with social, political, and environmental issues. They believe that education is an instrument of change and that

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Making Our Nation Great: Teaching Is a Special Calling

Details: That is what is different about being a teacher versus being a stockbroker or a plumber. I believe that teaching is a higher calling and, as such, is entitled to extra help. Where that help comes from is for you to decide. Take it for what it is worth religiously, …

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Launch Video Classroom Observations With New Toolkit

Details: A new toolkit from Harvard University’s Center for Education Policy Research provides resources to help educators leverage video observations in school communities to improve teacher practice and student learning. By Ashley Cronin. November 6, 2015 Photo credit: Center for Education Policy Research Harvard University

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How Do I Get a PLN

Details: Follow education blogs (read and comment). Follow education chats that are specific to your content area. Join and participate in education groups on Facebook and LinkedIn. Accept invitations to collaborate. More links below will help you better understand what you need to know to get started. Explore them at your own pace.

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The Power of Yet Edutopia

Details: It is hard to go to a conference related to Mind, Brain, and Education Science (Neuroscience) that does not reference her work. Moreover, Dr. Dweck’s work is also often paired with that of 10,000 hour rule made popular by Malcolm Gladwell’s Outliers who draws on the research of Dr. Anders Ericcson .

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Literacy Edutopia

Details: The 10 Most Significant Education Studies of 2020. We reviewed hundreds of educational studies in 2020 and then highlighted 10 of the most significant—covering topics from virtual learning to the reading wars and the decline of standardized tests. Youki Terada, Stephen Merrill. 19.4k.

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Designing a School Makerspace Edutopia

Details: Maker Education. Designing a School Makerspace. An approach to defining and designing the right space for your school. By Jennifer Cooper. September 30, 2013. Photo Credit: Jennifer Cooper. Makerspaces, STEAM labs, and fab labs are popping up in schools across the country. Makerspaces provide hands-on, creative ways to encourage students to

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School Leaders: Guiding Teachers into the Digital Age

Details: Without strong leadership, education initiatives tend to crash and burn. Consider professional learning. Leadership is one of Learning Forward's seven Standards for Professional Learning-- evidence-based standards that outline the characteristics of professional learning that lead to effective teaching practices and improved student learning.

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Understanding a Teacher’s Long-Term Impact Edutopia

Details: A 2015 study found that promoting students’ social and emotional well-being resulted in significant long-term economic gains—a return of $11 for every $1 invested—largely from better outcomes in students’ long-term health, education, and employment, and a decreased likelihood of juvenile and adult crime. “Not every skill needed in

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Supporting Good Schools Is Good Business: An Expert Speaks

Details: One is that the business community's involvement with education is motivated by self-interest. While it is true that better-educated workers lead to a more productive and adaptable workforce, the ultimate beneficiary is the individual. Further, good schools mean good communities and a healthier, more civil, and more innovative society.

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Informal Learning: Facing the Inevitable and Seizing the

Details: Everyone’s education (in school or in the so-called real world) is a unique collection of facts and lessons, failed tests and hard-won accolades. Our on-the-job experience of being living, thinking people started on our first birthdays. Underemployed. Overemployed. Partly employed. Reluctantly employed.

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Climate Justice Projects for Grades K to 12 Combine

Details: Allison Shelley / American Education As another Earth Day approaches, many teachers have been leveraging the opportunity for lessons and projects about climate change. But teaching students about climate change without challenging them to work on solutions is a missed opportunity, including academically.

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Social, Emotional, and Character Development: The Heart of

Details: Tim Brennan is the Founder of the DREAMER Institute for Connective Living. He is also a life-long public educator and has been pursuing a deeper understanding of the importance of social, emotional and character development (SECD) well before he was familiar with those terms.

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Reform Starts Now: Obama Picks Arne Duncan Edutopia

Details: Running Time: 11 min. Duncan described his clear-eyed view of education in a June 2007 interview with Edutopia when he said, "Quality public education is the civil rights issue of our generation.". Duncan, known for transforming underperforming schools and experimenting with new models, has a record as a pragmatist with a taste for innovations.

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Building Climate Literacy With Community Science Projects

Details: Building climate literacy can help prepare students for their role as citizens and decision-makers so they can hopefully adapt to and mitigate the effects of global climate change. This begins with effective climate change education, which includes opportunities for students to engage cognitively, emotionally, and behaviorally.

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Rethinking Independent Schools in the 21st Century Edutopia

Details: Outdoor and adventure education Global education and travel Service learning Sustainability initiatives Leadership development Independent schools have run with this sort of "3D" learning, with stewardship coming from the growing Independent Schools Experiential Education Network (ISEEN). ISEEN sees itself as "an international learning

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