7 Key Criteria for Learning Innovation

by Brenda Vogds and Jim Rickabaugh In recent months there has been a whirlwind of discussion about learning loss for our children exiting the pandemic. Great Schools Partnership states “The term learning loss refers to any specific or general loss of knowledge and skills or to reversals in academic progress, most commonly due to extended gaps or discontinuities in a student’s education.” Where th...
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Am I ready for this? Beneficial Strategies When Implementing Learner-Centered Practices

Am I Ready For This?
by Shawn Galvin, Principal, Lincoln Elementary At Lincoln Elementary in Janesville, WI, we have been working to implement learner-centered practices for the past 6 years. During that time we have gone through many ups and downs as we have tried to change long held practices. We have a lengthy list of strategies that we tried that didn’t work or at least didn’t work as intended (this could be a to...
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If You Build It, They Will Reflect

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by Sarah Mumm, Director of Educational Services, Kaneland Schools Student reflection has been a never ending journey for most school districts across the nation. In our current society it seems reflection is becoming a lost art. With real-time results in video gaming, social media that allows a person to get immediate thoughts on anything and everything they post, and even cars that tell you what...
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Scaling Student-Centered Learning: Slow and Steady Wins the Race

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by Donna Held, PL Coach, Richmond School District  Richmond’s personalized learning journey can be best described as slow but steady. You know the old saying, “slow and steady, wins the race.” Of course, we are not trying to win a race, but we have been moving consistently toward a learner-centered approach to education in our K-8 District School in the Lake Country Area of SE Wisconsin. Our tr...
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Rethinking Assessment

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by Eric Hill, Professional Development Specialist Today, more than ever, educators are administering continuous assessments to their learners. The trend is largely driven by the increased demand for data. However, it is time we pause and reflect on the intentionality and purpose that drives our assessment practices, and more importantly learning and teaching. Before you read any further, take a ...
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