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Barnett Berry

March 10, 2016

Investing more and differently in students: Teacher leadership for deeper learning


What do students experience when teachers can lead and learn deeply? Peek inside Social Justice Humanitas Academy (Los Angeles Unified School District)—and find out how we can seize opportunities to take deeper learning to scale. 

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Jessica Cuthbertson

March 6, 2016

From Safety Goggles to Seventh Period: What Shadowing A Student Taught Me


Have you shadowed a student in your school? This post describes what I learned from stepping into the shoes of a freshman for one day. And why I believe we should all shadow our students to redesign the school experience. 

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William  Tolley

February 13, 2016

Semester Without Grades: An Early Report from the Field


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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Marcia Powell

February 10, 2016

The Stinky No Good Day


Today was a bad day. It's all the stinky dog's fault.  Alright, it is not the animal's fault. It has been extremely cold, and our older dog with arthritis needs to come in. Not perfect, but it is what you get when you accept the responsibility of an animal. I grabbed a suit jacket off a chair (In hindsight, I should have asked myself, "why wasn't it on the hanger?!") and headed out the door. Partway to work, I realized the suit had a musty dog smell. Most likely, it had fallen off the hanger, and our pet must have used it as a pillow before someone kindly picked it up off the floor.

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Sandy Merz

January 14, 2016

Picturing Fairness, Equity, and Access


Which is more fair: grading on a curve or on a straight scale? Which is more equitable? Do all students in an open-enrollment district really have access to all schools if transportation isn't provided? From daily classroom practice to broad debates on policy, it's generally accepted that public education should be fair, equitable, and accessible. But what do fairness, equity, and access look like?

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