Voices, perspectives, and insights from the field


Merit Prep Personalizes Learning One Playlist at a Time

in 21st-Century Skills / Common Core

Survey Says: Parents are Willing Partners on Personalized Learning, But We Must Engage Them

in Student Performance / Personalized Learning

Tools to Help School Leaders Make Smart Staffing Decisions

in Administrators / Teacher Leadership

Networks for School Improvement: When Schools Learn, Students Learn


California Math Teacher: Common Core Adds Up

May 11, 2015

California elementary school teacher and mathematics specialist voices her support for the new math standards that force students to think deeply about concepts and follow a logical track in building math skills. Source: Redlands Daily Facts

Digital Literacy Tools Aid Young Readers

May 11, 2015

Cross-posted on Impatient Optimists Being able to read well opens whole new worlds to students. Literacy is crucial to mastery of any subject and to success in college and career. But it is also a door to the imagination, to stories, and to knowledge about the world—a way to experience a…

Rural Schools Benefit From Higher Standards

May 11, 2015

On the rural Hawaiian island of Molokai, the Common Core is helping students prepare for college and careers that may be far from home. For teachers, the standards are fostering greater collaboration. According to educator Loretta Labrador, “A common set of standards also allows teachers across the country to participate in a…

Digital Games Twitter Chat

May 21, 2015

Education writer Greg Toppo and Vicki Phillips hosted a Twitter chat on what makes a digital game good (or bad), what teachers have learned from bringing digital games into their classrooms and what game designers can learn from teachers’ experiences. Highlights and favorite tools from the chat are curated below. [<a href="//" target="_blank">View…