Author - Emily Kirk

What’s Up With… Competency-Based Learning?

It seems that every day there is a new education buzzword that pushes teachers to change the way they teach, so when people began discussing competency-based learning, educators and policymakers were cautiously optimistic. But as Illinois’ Department of Education joins New Hampshire, Michigan, and Ohio in incorporating competency-based learning into their policy, the buzz around this new learning strategy is gaining steam. Here, we define competency-based learning and discuss how can you incorporate the techniques from this new methodology into your classroom, school, and district.

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5 Questions: What to Ask Providers When Shopping for Blended Learning Solutions

5 Questions: What to Ask Providers When Shopping for Blended Learning Solutions

As blended learning continues to gain momentum and show increased success, you may be considering making the switch. If you are looking to incorporate technology into your classrooms by augmenting teacher lectures, replacing textbooks, transforming traditional homework, or even trying out a new classroom environment (i.e., flipped or station rotation) you are probably filled with questions. Here we address the top five things to ask potential providers when shopping for blended learning solutions. Read More

American Education Week 2017: What Are We Doing Well? [Infographic]

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Each year, American Education Week provides an opportunity to celebrate public education and honor the teachers, administrators, and educational professionals who are making a difference. Since the first observance in 1921, the National Education Association, American Legion, US Office of Education, and PTA join together with other partners to emphasize the importance of public schools and to support public education. Though there will always be room for improvement, there are many things being done well in US public education. This week helps us to remember those things, while also considering how we can expand on them to continue providing quality education to millions of students.

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One District’s Success with Personalized Learning

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With 32 years of experience at the Burlington Area School District in Wisconsin, Assistant Superintendent Connie Zinnen has seen education revolutionize the term personalized learning. Her district strove to differentiate learning for every K–12 student, and technology enabled her to do that. How did Burlington achieve incredible results on the NWEA MAP® Growth exam over the last 5 years? Superintendent Zinnen tells her district’s story here and focuses on their success with personalized learning.

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5 Questions Answered: How Can Parents Help with Online Learning Success?

As online learning becomes more prevalent in schools, more and more students are completing some of their coursework online. Some states even require students to take at least one online class to meet graduation requirements. While technology is the way of the future, many parents may feel uncomfortable with the unknown aspects of the virtual learning process. To ease some of that stress, we address five of the most common questions parents have about online or virtual learning, and provide strategies for parents to help with online learning success.

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