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The Case for Human-Centered Systems Design

The Case for Human-Centered Systems Design

Jal Mehta explores how using design-thinking at the school level has the potential to unlock new, practical ideas to radically improve student outcomes.

How Data Matters for School Leaders

How Data Matters for School Leaders

Guest blogger Dr. Eric Tucker, Executive Director of Brooklyn Laboratory Charter School (LAB), shares three critical ways in which LAB uses data.

Personalization, Not Isolation

Personalization, Not Isolation

Ed Tech investor Jennifer Carolan on the true promise of the popular shift toward personalized learning , by explaining its genesis in teachers - not tech.

Students at the Center

Students at the Center

Nick Donohue from Nellie Mae illuminates key ingredients of learning environments that seek to truly put students at the center. They are: personalized, competency-based, prioritize student ownership, and take place anytime/ anywhere.

Technology Won’t Save Our Schools

Technology Won’t Save Our Schools

Austin Dannhaus advocates for increased attention on developing new whole school models, instead of developing new technologies for the classroom.

Assessing the Learning that Matters Most

Assessing the Learning that Matters Most

The Institute for the Future of Learning’s report highlights innovative schools that focus on deeper learning and the development of the whole child.

How Childhood Trauma Affects Health Across a Lifetime

How Childhood Trauma Affects Health Across a Lifetime

A tragically under-appreciated force affecting many students is the childhood trauma they endure.  In this seminal TED talk, pediatrician Dr. Nadine Burke Harris illuminates the effects of trauma on children’s brains and long-term health.  Effective learning environments must account for these insights in their designs.

Why Don’t Students Like School?

Why Don’t Students Like School?

Cognitive Scientist Daniel T. Willingham’s recently released book on how the mind works and what it means for the classroom.