“Heroes Work Here" You have probably seen these signs out in front of hospitals and senior care facilities over the last year. Well, we are here to tell you that these signs also belong in front of our schools. The work that our school-based staff of teachers, counselors, behavior specialists, social workers, administrators and [...]
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I had the privilege of participating in a panel on Competency-Based Education at last week’s NewSchools Venture Fund Summit 2018. Facilitated by my friend, Dr. Jeremiah Newell, the panel also included Chris Sturgis of CompetencyWorks and Nate McClennen of Teton Science Schools. We had a terrific conversation about the challenges and opportunities of CBE, as [...]
The Wrong Way to Teach Grammar Boston Public Library/Wikimedia Commons This recent piece in The Atlantic makes a compelling case for interest-based learning. Instead of forcing students to master a set of mundane grammatical rules before getting to the "fun" part of writing about things they are interested in, we should throw them [...]
Tonight, Resolution A-11 authorizing the opening of the first Building 21 high school was unanimously approved by the School Reform Commission of the School District of Philadelphia. We appreciate this vote of confidence as well as all of the support we have received from individuals at every level of the School District. [...]
This is an extremely thought-provoking blog entry from Grant Wiggins (one of the authors of Understanding By Design) that questions much of the conventional wisdom underlying curriculum design in schools. I particularly appreciated the following questions: If curriculum is a tour through what is known, how is knowledge ever advanced? If learning requires a didactic [...]