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Project-Based Learning and the Middle School Mind

By: Amber Chandler. Middle school students need project-based learning environments to compete with the multitude of issues they face in their changing lives. There is nothing quite like the air of excitement when students are learning with their full attention and when they have a purpose for learning.

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Moving Faster Toward New School Models

The most important innovations in learning today are where smart teams and developing new tools and schools simultaneously -- like at Summit Public Schools. A new report from NewSchools Venture Fund outlines the path toward more innovative new school models.

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A Reflection on the Field of Competency Education

By: Chris Sturgis. In perhaps the year's best blog on competency education, we examine the expansion of CompetencyEd, progress by leading organizations, the greatest weakness currently in the field and current Issues going forward.

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Gaming That Leverages Engagement, Mindset and Design

How can gaming for a few hours over the course of two months have such a dramatic impact? The researchers suggest 3 mechanisms that research has shown can have a significant effect.

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8 Ways To Encourage Soft Skills (Core Dispositions) in our Children

Parents and teachers alike agree personal growth and development matters, but these qualities still seem intangible, subjective, and hard to see and measure. The very term ‘soft skills’ sounds pretty fluffy and doesn’t command the sense of importance it deserves. So how might we, as parents, highlight and nurture...

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Digital Learning Now! is a national campaign to advance policies that will create a high quality digital learning environment to better prepare students with the knowledge and skills to succeed in college and careers.

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Can Common Assignment Improve Student Outcomes?

Literacy Design Collaborative (LDC) created an instructional design platform that provides free online tools and resources for creating literacy-rich assignments and courses across content areas. LDC CoreTools is a guided online experience that supports teachers in planning and creating curricula, allowing them to effe...

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3 Back to School Project-Based Lessons for Middle School

By: Amber Chandler. Starting the school year with a project based learning activity will set the perfect tone for your classroom. Here are three lessons that have and generate BAM -- burning questions, authentic audiences and millennial skills.

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