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Walking the Walk: Professional Development Personalized

Posted by on Aug 15, 2014 in Blog, Featured, USC Hybrid High | 2 comments

Walking the Walk: Professional Development Personalized

As the leader of various instructional and non-instructional teams for the past eight years, I thought I had things figured out when it came to onboarding PD. People generally had a good time getting to know one another, my PD laid the foundation for healthy, high-functioning teams, and we saw strong results at the end of each year. I was also conscious to ensure that my PD modeled strong instructional practices, doing my best to complete the traditional lesson cycle for each topic and modeling what I expected from teachers.   Although we...

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Education Innovation Fellowship: Effective Practices Gleaned From Summer Pilot Projects

Posted by on Aug 5, 2014 in Blog, Education Innovation Fellowship, Featured | 0 comments

Education Innovation Fellowship: Effective Practices Gleaned From Summer Pilot Projects

  July Program Day   “The people that aren’t here for summer school are really missing out,” Cindy, a spunky seventh grader tells me. “I’ve learned so much more this summer because I get one-on-one time with Mr. Johnson, and get to work at my own pace. School wasn’t like that before.”   When was the last time you heard a student boast this much about summer school?   Joshua Johnson is one of the 20 CityBridge Education Innovation Fellows, all PreK-12 public and public charter school educators in Washington,...

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How to Cultivate Blended Learning Leaders and Grow a Better Pipeline

Posted by on Jul 14, 2014 in Blog, Featured, KIPP Chicago | 1 comment

How to Cultivate Blended Learning Leaders and Grow a Better Pipeline

As more schools look to implement blended learning, positions like “Blended Learning Manager” and “Personalized Learning Director” have popped up in larger numbers on jobs boards. I just wrapped up my first year in such a role as the Director of Technology for KIPP Chicago Schools. As I reflect on this year, there are a few key skills that schools should look for in their candidates and/or be prepared to develop. In addition, a better pipeline needs to be created to sustain the growing demand.   Let’s start with the...

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Easy Tips to Film and Share Effective Blended Learning Practices From The Classroom

Posted by on Jul 2, 2014 in Blog, Education Innovation Fellowship, Featured | 0 comments

Easy Tips to Film and Share Effective Blended Learning Practices  From The Classroom

June, 2014 – Program Day Six   While most teachers around the country see the month of June as a time to finally relax with the arrival of summer, the teachers in the CityBridge Education Innovation Fellowship (EIF) have their eyes focused on the launch of their blended learning pilot projects. In my last blog post, I wrote about how the Fellows used design thinking principles to develop their summer pilots. In our June EIF program session, the 19 Fellows, teachers from PreK-12 D.C. public and public charter schools, learned about...

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Finding the Innovation from Within

Posted by on Jun 25, 2014 in Blog, Featured, NGLC | 0 comments

Finding the Innovation from Within

As part of my preparation to become a teacher, I completed my student-teaching in a large, comprehensive high school in inner-city New Haven—the type of school that, at the time, was plagued by low test scores, high drop-out rates, and like many schools that fit these categories, was, (and still is) the object of generation upon generation of well-meaning reforms.   My supervising teacher, “the Doc,” as he was called, was an avuncular former civil rights activist and academic whose social studies classroom was one of the few beacons...

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Student-Centered & Blended Learning: The Evolution of a Model…and Teacher (Part III)

Posted by on Jun 12, 2014 in Blog, Featured, Matchbook Learning | 2 comments

Student-Centered & Blended Learning: The Evolution of a Model…and Teacher (Part III)

Part III   Some have recently argued that standardized testing, as we currently know it, will be an obsolete practice within a decade. But as we still operate in the Matrix, how do we hold teachers and students accountable for their practices in an equitable manner? More importantly, how do we measure achievement within an SCL environment, where students learn and master content at their own pace? Let’s take the blue pill first:   Every school that takes public dollars is beholden to the “state test,” but in this new climate of...

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Organizational Culture in Schools: The Sixth Man on Your Team!

Posted by on Jun 9, 2014 in Blog, Featured, Matchbook Learning | 1 comment

Organizational Culture in Schools: The Sixth Man on Your Team!

In every aspect of our lives we come into contact with many different people on multiple levels within our personal, professional, and social lives. Each of these encounters reveals some level of cultural influence. To place this article into perspective, I view culture as the foundation necessary to create long lasting organizational change. The weight of organizational change will inevitably crush the efforts of innovators if there is not a top-down approach to developing a culture that has a foundation embedded deep in its core. Ready for...

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Using Design Thinking to Develop Personalized Learning Pilots

Posted by on May 28, 2014 in Blog, Education Innovation Fellowship, Featured | 1 comment

Using Design Thinking to Develop Personalized Learning Pilots

May, 2014 – Program Day Five   Since January, the 19 D.C. public and public charter school teachers of the Education Innovation Fellowship (EIF) have explored the expansive field of blended and personalized learning in search of promising practices to implement in their classrooms. Drawing from visits to over a dozen schools in the Bay Area, Los Angeles, Detroit and D.C, as well as intimate conversations with thought leaders like Gisèle Huff, former Governor Bob Wise, and Tom Vander Ark, the Fellows are now in the “Design and...

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