We have to stop pretending challenge

Here is our addition to the Scott McLeod challenge. When it comes to education, we have to stop pretending... That our current educational system has the capacity to meet the needs of all learners That we are adequately preparing our children for the future they will experience That a high-stakes, “moment in time” test is a worthy indication of what a student has actually learned ...
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Ready to Set Goals With Your Students? Six Tips to Get Started

Goal Setting
In an earlier blog post we discussed a number of benefits to students when we engage them in setting meaningful goals related to their learning. In this post we will discuss a half-dozen tips you can use to assure that the goals you and your students set will generate the benefits you seek. Tip #1:  Involve the Learner Actively involve the learner in setting and writing goals for their learnin...
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Six Reasons You Should Start Setting Learning Goals With Your Students

Goal setting with students
At every turn it seems we are seeking ways to lift student performance and improve their learning. We want them to take more ownership of and responsibility for their learning. Some of the techniques and strategies we try work; others do not. The good news is that there is a process with substantial power to lift student learning and help to personalize their learning experience. This process i...
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Reflections on the High School Redesign Conference

This week we are pleased to have a guest blogger, Jody Landish, who shares her reflections on the recent High School Redesign Conference she attended as part of a team of educators from SE Wisconsin. Ms. Landish is the principal at North High School in the Waukesha School District. All students prepared for success! Some states call it proficiency, some competency, yet others mastery. The botto...
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Are Standards and Personalization Mutually Exclusive?

There has been a lot of chatter about standards, particularly the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in recent months. Some has been positive and some has been negative. In particular, one of the things we’ve seen is the argument that if a district uses the CCSS, student-centered learning is not possible. At the Institute, we wholeheartedly disagree with that argument. In fact, personalized learni...
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