School Models

LeBron James Is Schooling Us on What Education Reform Got Wrong

National headlines offering hope about the state of American education this year have been few and far between. Until last week when LeBron James announced he was opening a school.

11 Ways Schools Can—and Should—Involve Families in SEL Programming

In their separate domains, educators and parents both understand the importance of social-emotional skills—that the ability to manage emotions, to empathize, and to collaborate is key to fulfillment and success, in school and in life. But schools and families are not always in sync on how to develop those competencies.

How to Create a School Culture Where Teachers Lead Innovation

Teachers have awesome ideas but it can be challenging for school systems to surface them and turn them into reality.

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‘Rocket Fuel’: How Schools Can Create a Positive, SEL-friendly School Culture

Tamara Alston expects her students to hold her accountable if she’s not being respectful and “solving problems in a way that works” for the community. And they do.This is an element of “whole body listening,” a practice of respectful and attentive listening all students learn at the fifth grade teacher’s school, Hazel Wolf K-8 STEM in Seattle. “Whole body listening” is just one part of the school’s approach to and emphasis on social and emotional learning.

Teachers Have Great Ideas. Here’s How to Turn Them into Reality.

As anyone who’s ever spent time in a classroom knows, teachers are constantly generating ideas and implementing them with their students. Naturally, schools are keen to surface these light bulbs so they can support them and increase their scope of impact. In some cases other teachers or schools may benefit from these small-scale brainstorms when they are applied to the big picture.

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The One-Teacher, One-Classroom Model Needs an Upgrade. Here’s What’s Next.

Emerging school models are supposed to ease the transition to personalized and blended instruction—or at least make it possible. But new ways of teaching like station rotation and fluid-schedule flex models can hit a snag when they run up against the familiar one-teacher-one-classroom setup. According to the authors of a new report, it’s not schools that need a “rethink” as much as school staffing.

#MontessoriSoWhite? Why the Diverse Charter School Model Is Being Gentrified

As we approach the school, my Uber driver, assuming that I am looking to buy property, cautions me saying the neighborhood is dilapidated. “I wouldn’t buy or rent here. There are many abandoned homes,” he warns.

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To Connect Classes to Careers, Consider Erasing Grade Levels

Back in the early 1900s, John Dewey promoted the “learning by doing” approach to education, which would later become the foundation of project-based learning (PBL). This framework allows for students to use knowledge from all areas of study to complete a project or task, a process that prepares them for the challenges that they may have to overcome in a future career.

Big Data, Different Visions: Why Charter Networks Are Investing Heavily in Data Teams

At a time when qualified teachers are in high demand, there’s another role that districts are looking to fill: data experts. Charter management organizations, which operate publicly-funded schools, are making million-dollar investments on data teams and shaking up staffing norms in the process. Today, education job boards feature openings such as strategic data facilitators, data analysts, and data coordinators.

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The First Day of School at Design Tech High’s New Oracle Campus

Technically, today wasn’t Nick Hom’s first day of school. But it was the first day he and his classmates were united in the newly-built campus of Design Tech High School, a free public charter school founded in 2014.Students, parents, educators and Oracle employees gathered today in Redwood City, Calif. for the school’s ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the official opening of the school’s permanent home on Oracle’s corporate campus.

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