Sunflowers and Butterflies

a picture of a sunflower with a butterfly on it
by Toby J. Karten As I painted the sunflowers on the cedar planked walls of our A-framed Vermont cabin, I smiled at the field that emerged. Broad and fine brushstrokes gave birth to each root, stem, leaf, and flower. Together they grew as I dug into the walls and feverishly painted. Some sunflowers overlapped and intertwined, some stood apart, some were taller, some were smaller, some had deepe...
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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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Teaching and Thriving During a Pandemic

Teaching and Thriving During a Pandemic
by Trevor Muir Many people are viewing teaching during a pandemic like a car that is trying to drive with the emergency brake on. It’s as if there are teachers and students doing what they normally do, but it is covered in a malaise that keeps it from being fully effective. “Students can’t fully engage virtually, and social distancing keeps in-classroom learning from being entirely effective. Tea...
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What Educators Need to Know About Teaching in a Post-Covid 19 Classroom

by Andrew Easton In the first few weeks following the widespread school closures across the U.S. and the world, educators were gasping for resources and scrambling to move their coursework online. In what was an incredibly stressful and emotional time, teachers everywhere rose to meet the needs of the moment. Together, we shined.  Having weathered that initial storm, we now find ourselves perfor...
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Conflict: A Predictable Companion of Social Change

bell curve graphic of conflict cycle
by Jim Rickabaugh, Senior Advisor In our excitement and enthusiasm for creating better learning experiences and a more effective educational system for young people we can ignore a predictable, but uncomfortable truth: Rarely does significant change in social processes, norms, and systems happen without conflict. Even when the benefits are clearly significant and documentable, resistance is nearl...
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