Holman Pirate Academy: Do. Reflect. Do Better.

Pirate Academy: Do. Reflect. Do Better.
by Dr. Sarah Moran and Maegan Bowersox Holman Pirate Academy is housed at Holman Middle School in the Pattonville School District, and is proudly located in suburban St. Ann, MO. Holman is a diverse community: of approximately 640 students, 38% are African American; 37% White; 10% Hispanic; 10% Multi-Racial; and 5% Asian, Native American, and Pacific Islander. Our students speak a variety of la...
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Kaneland School District: Our Road to Personalized Learning

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by Sarah Mumm, Patrick Raleigh and Laura Garland, Kaneland School District Like most travel adventures, Kaneland CUSD #302’s road to implementing personalized learning has included stretches of open road, dangerous curves, forks in the road, and even some unexpected lane closures. Through it all, we have kept our GPS locked in on our final destination; a district where students are not just alo...
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The Shift: Competency-Based Learning

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by Odetta Smith, Pattonville School District For the Pattonville School District, August 17th and 18th, 2021 came so much faster than we anticipated. The two very full days of our professional development centered around moving instruction with learner progressions. Teachers gathered with other teachers in the district and engaged in conversations around rigor, assessment, and progressions. We ...
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Project-based Learning: A Coral Reef of Discovery

by Shae, Student at West Allis-West Milwaukee School District When I was three years old, my mother taught me the gift of language. Not just how to speak and understand it, but how to find beauty in a vast sea where most stayed toward the shallow end. I was told not to follow the rest of the crowd. The discoveries I wanted could not be found on the shore or where the water only reached my ankle...
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