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Making PBL Stick Part 2: Leading a Reflective Year

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By: Jenny Pieratt Are you an instructional leader looking for small ways to make big shifts that move your staff forward in their project-based learning (PBL) practice this year? Hint: your power move is all about reflection, and I’ve got you covered with practical strategies from the trenches! Consider any number of the following ideas…

Podcast: Susan Patrick on Transforming Education Systems for Equitable High-Quality Learning

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Today the Getting Smart team interviews Susan Patrick, CEO of iNACOL about high-quality learning and five global trends in learning.

Making PBL Stick Part 1: All It Takes is 5 Minutes

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By: Jenny Pieratt. Jenny details how to make project-based learning (PBL) stick this year through a 5-minute reflection.

When NExT Is Now

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By: Lindsay Portnoy. How could we use experiential learning to reframe educational problems as opportunities and make learning more equitable globally? Over 100 educators representing thousands of educational settings across the country recently gathered at Northeastern Experiential Learning Network (NExT) to discuss this important question. The NExT network is a hub of innovation- and activation-inspiring…

Podcast: Peter Janzow on the Digital Credential Revolution

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Today the Getting Smart team is talking with Peter Janzow, the Vice President of Business Development for Credly about the digital credential revolution.

Professional Development: What Do Educators Really Need?

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For many educators, summertime is an opportunity to relax, recharge and reflect. Contrary to the popular perception that teachers have their “summers off,” many teachers take advantage of extra time during the summer to pursue personal and professional development. While it is not the same as following the daily school schedule and keeping up with all…

Transforming Professional Learning With Micro-credentials

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By Brenda A. Pearson. As a lifelong educator, my professional learning experiences have run the gamut from self-study to week-long intensive institutes. These experiences have increased my knowledge, but few bridged the gap by impacting my instructional practice. The distinction between an impact on knowledge and practice is at the crux of professional learning reform discussions.…

Agilix’s Dawn Academy: Anytime, Anywhere Professional Learning

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  Last fall, Agilix announced that its new mobile-first, video-centric learner platform, Dawn Academy, would be coming soon (see our announcement and smart review posts); and now they have begun to unveil more of Dawn Academy’s capabilities. Educators can check out the platform by enrolling in free courses, and content providers can still reach out to Agilix to…

The Fundamentals of Formative Assessment: How to Build a Practice

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By: Abbey Gonzales and Erin Lester. When we originally recognized formative assessment as a complex practice that demands a combination of “soft” skills and content, we knew we had a challenging, but achievable path ahead of us. Here's what we learned through our practice.

How A Culture of Formative Assessment Impacts Mindsets

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By: Arlena Gaynor. Dallas ISD's integration of formative assessment into classrooms and schools has been a multi-year effort requiring reflection, depth of commitment, and student ownership.

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