Learning Innovations



Acton Academy: An Invitation to a Hero’s Journey

Acton Academy is small private K-9 school in Austin. The core promise is that each student will “Begin a Hero's Journey.” Located in Austin, Texas, students learn that courage, grit, and perseverance matter far more than regurgitation.

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The Literary Revolver: An Interactive Structure from Studio 113

Frankly speaking, interactive learning structures work. By merging standards-based prompts, random selectiveness, a backchannel, improvisational acting, and overall creativity, Studio 113’s fairly new “Literary Revolver” places students on an engaging, challenging, and fun path to lesson mastery.

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Formative Assessment: Progress, Barriers and Opportunity

The progress made, current barriers and opportunities that face formative assessment with the ongoing shift to digital learning and increasing access new technologies and data.

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Innovative Strategies for Writing Success

As more students are heading towards a workforce that demands a post-secondary degree, a growing number of our young people need to know how to write effectively and experience success in writing. College graduates will be required to be writers and analytical thinkers, which is why the new CCSS have a focus on the inc...

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10 Ideas to Help Math Teachers Keep that Back to School Buzz

Getting Smart's Math Contributor shares 10 Ideas designed to support teachers to keep the energy and buzz flowing throughout the fall.

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Curriculum Associates

Curriculum Associates designs research-based, print and online instructional materials, assessment tools, and data management resources. We believe every student deserves the chance to succeed and with our easy-to-use i-Ready®, Ready®,and BRIGANCE® programs, we strive to make a meaningful impact on student outcomes.

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6 Steps to Becoming a Highly Effective Leader: Your Personal “SWOT” Analysis

Getting Smart Team Member, Jennifer Aalgaard, reflects and shares her leadership development tactics she learned through Western Governors University.

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Leave Retention Behind in Favor of Promotion on Mastery

The alternative to retention isn’t social promotion - it's mastery. Why competency-based learning is more important than seat time.

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