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William  Tolley

February 13, 2016

Semester Without Grades: An Early Report from the Field

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This past August I seized the opportunity be an early adopter (read: guinea pig) by requesting that my principal let me pilot a transitional gradeless classroom (our goal is to be a fully standards-based high school within 3-5 years). Six months later, I am emerging from the initial messiness of the process (that stage of cleaning your room when you’ve got your junk in piles all over the place, and can now start folding and filling drawers) so I thought I might share a few reflections in the moment.

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Liz Prather

December 26, 2015

Thoughts from our Blogging Unit II: A New Year's Wish for Compassion

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During this season of fiery political rhetoric, my students have been looking for models of harmony and compassion. Two stories of every day heroes stand as models for character-driven decisions.  My new year's wish for my students is to always see their own humanity in others with empathy and tolerance for all. 

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Sandy Merz

October 29, 2015

A Model for Crowdsourced Standardized Testing

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Could we build a standardized testing system from crowdsourced content and open-source technology?

The two goals of this idea - to create data that teachers can use to inform their instruction and that can aid in evaluating teachers and schools - are familiar. But in the idea I describe below, every element of the system remains close to the classroom, with ongoing community input, and allows for improvement and correction, all at a relatively low cost, mostly paid locally.

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