Best practices for 21st-century teaching and learning

When people play games, especially when we come together to play games, there’s a meaningful context for content that students may not embrace otherwise. I’ve used different games (including World of Warcraft, Minecraft, Portal 2 and Sims) in different contexts at all grade levels at many of our schools. Good games engage players in deep
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Surprise! Amid Rising Inequality, One School Gap Is Narrowing

Recent studies and government reports continue to highlight what many Americans know by their wallets: Rising income differences, debt and stagnant real wages are among the biggest problems besetting the nation. That economic inequality is reflected in America’s schools, right? Absolutely. But a study just out shows that the gap in school readiness between rich
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What Parents need to know about Democratic Learning Communities

You are reading this because you care about the child in your life, and you want the best for them. You want to be certain that they will get an education that equips them for a full, successful and happy life. This introduction aims to help you orient to the natural learning process, so that
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Reimagining the Modern Classroom

We asked prominent voices in education—from policy makers and teachers to activists and parents—to look beyond laws, politics, and funding and imagine a utopian system of learning. They went back to the drawing board—and the chalkboard—to build an educational Garden of Eden. We’re publishing their answers to one question each day this week. Responses have
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Factors To Consider When Developing Autism Programming In Schools

In the past few years, school districts across the country have been experiencing an increase in referrals for special education services for students with autism spectrum disorders. As a result District personnel, i.e. assessment teams, general educators, special educators and specialized services providers, have been taxed beyond their limits in terms of resources and time.
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A History Lesson: When Math Was Taboo

That’s not from a disgruntled student. It’s from a textbook. The author, 16th century mathematician Robert Recorde, nestled the line just after his preface, table of contents and a biblical quote citing God’s command to measure and number all things. Recorde didn’t believe in math’s awfulness — quite the opposite. He was simply reflecting popular
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A blueprint that makes for a better employee

SmartBrief Education’s Path to Workforce content series brings you original content and events on the topic. Path to Workforce is our vision of college and career readiness, encompassing K-12, adult learners, career changers, non-traditional students and those who forgo a traditional four-year college experience. In today’s world, CEO’s stress that their corporations need highly qualified and
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Will STEM Education Be The Child Left Behind?

Leaders in business, education and politics love to talk up how important Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education is for America’s future. Innovations! Jobs! Progress! are all at stake, they often argue. Just last week, President Obama hosted scores of mostly young people for an evening of stargazing and fun space talk at the
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You Can’t Decolonise Colonial Systems

“Decolonisation” is the buzzword these days, and Angie Motshekga loves the buzz. She has already decided that Shakespeare will be removed from English Literature lists (1), undertaken to make Indigenous Languages a compulsory part of the curriculum (2), and has also set about making school History texts more “Afrocentric” (3). At the recent Basic Education
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