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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Learning Loss or Innovation Gain? You Decide!

by Greg Goelz, West Allis-West Milwaukee School District The global pandemic has affected nearly every aspect of our lives, including education. As a result, there has been a lot of conversation about “learning loss” when we should be talking about creating “innovation gain.” Rather than looking back and trying to get “back to normal” (whatever that means), let’s focus on forging ahead. As e...
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What’s Your Walk-Up Song?

Image of baseball field
by Casey Ewy, Manhattan-Ogden School District It is no secret that music plays an important role in all our daily lives. Music evokes emotions, enhances memories, calms us down, and pumps us up. Nowhere is this more evident than the realm of sports. Music plays such a critical role in the fan experience that sometimes it is more entertaining than the game itself.   In college, my neighbors w...
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The Power of Learner Voice

by Eric Hill, Professional Development Specialist Learner Voice is crucial to making the shift to learner centered practice. When learners have opportunities to share their perspectives, participate in decision making, set goals, and take ownership of their progress, their overall commitment to and confidence in learning grows. Giving learners voice allows them to fully participate and drive thei...
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Honeycomb Constellation Maps: What Does Personalized Learning Look Like for You?

Honeycomb Constellation Maps
by Paige, Youth Advisory Council Member The term “personalized learning” has become more prevalent within the last few years, but what is it? According to the Institute for Personalized Learning (I4PL), it is “an approach to learning and instruction that is designed around individual learner readiness, strengths, needs and interests.” Although personalized learning in many ways is “reinventing ...
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