Podcast: Jean Eddy on Starting Early with Career Education – Education Article

“Today’s economy demands that students graduate from high school, earn some type of degree or credential, and develop knowledge and skills they can use in a job. But far too many young people drop out of high school, fail to enroll in a higher education program, or are unable to complete their credentials.” That’s the problem American Student Assistance (ASA, @ASA_Impact) is attacking with guidance resources and advocacy initiatives.  After taking over as CEO three years ago Jean Eddy expanded…

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iLEAD Schools Creating Authentic, High Quality Project-Based Learning Environments – Education Article

As a longtime project-based learning (PBL) practitioner, facilitator and advocate, I am continually on the lookout for a school, or school system, that has not only embraced PBL as pedagogy but is truly making it a reality as a daily practice. Many educational systems are talking a big game of deeper and more personalized inquiry-based learning, but a visit will typically reveal that they often lack the culture, creativity, and commitment to necessary elements that facilitate high-quality PBL for all…

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Student Innovators Use AI to Improve Public Speaking – Education Article

By: Divyesh K., Olivia B., Omar I., and Roberto M. Fear of public speaking, formally known as glossophobia, can have a huge impact on a career. In fact, it has been shown those with the fear make about 10% less than those who don’t. Knowing this problem – we created an app to combat the problem. VoxLion, a public speaking app uses artificial intelligence to coach students in real-time on their public speaking. The app will analyze a student’s presentation…

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Larry Rosenstock: 2019 WISE Award-Winner – Education Article

At this year’s World Innovation Summit for Education in Qatar, there were over 3,000 attendees from over 100 different countries. Everyone gathered together to discuss innovations in global education and celebrate the trailblazers dedicated to quality learning for all. This year, the prestigious WISE Prize was awarded to Larry Rosenstock, founder of High Tech High (HTH) — one of the preeminent innovative schools in the world. For decades, Larry has been committed to empowering student voice, pushing the limits of project-based…

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Podcast: Jessie Woolley-Wilson on Intelligent Ed Tech – Education Article

Early in her career and while in banking in NYC, Jessie Woolley-Wilson started tutoring kids as a service project. She felt renewed and inspired by the students she met and was impressed by their innovation, skill, and ability to thrive in scarcity. The experience launched her leadership in education technology. After leading the pre-college and pre-graduate programs at Kaplan, she enjoyed engaging young children to help them learn how to read as President at Leapfrog SchoolHouse. She went on to lead…

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How New Models are Preparing Students for the Future of Work – Education Article

Today’s students will be an integral part of tomorrow’s workforce. This statement is no truer now than it was 20 years ago, or in 1980, 1960, 1940 or 1920. Yet the characteristics of this group have drastically changed over time, evolving with (and sometimes in anticipation of) societal shifts due to political, technological and cultural influences. The newest generation to come of age—Gen Z—is currently engaged in studies from middle school through college, or just beginning a career. Though infrastructure…

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Is the Transition to Flexible Spaces That Challenging? – Education Article

By: Andrew Miller Flexible learning environments encompass many facets—from furniture and physical space to student agency and choice in how they spend their time and take ownership of the learning environment. The implementation of flexible learning environments captures the dynamic way space, time and agency come together to create student-centered learning. Singapore American School has been on this journey for quite some time. It is one of their components of personalized learning, which also include competency-based learning and customized pathways. Sixth-grade teams…

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OECD Learning Compass 2030 Provides Teachers, Students, and Employers with Milestones for Workforce Success – Education Article

My standard keynote address begins with a quip that defines the long and winding road of my career: I’m a millennial trapped in an old man’s body. I have worked in retail and journalism, mopped floors, been paid to taste wine, held upper management jobs in two educational non-profits, started two consulting practices, and worked in two school districts as a K-12 teacher. The longest I’ve ever worked in one field is 13 years, but my transiency has accelerated as…

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Taking the Guesswork Out of Science – Education Article

By: Regina Ahmann Workers in science- or STEM-related fields typically use multi-sensor packets to collect several points of data quickly and accurately. Copying those real-world tasks through the use of probes and data loggers in science instruction not only prepares STEM-focused students for the workplace but also streamlines experiment procedures, increases the accuracy of results, and heightens the engagement of all students, even those not planning on STEM careers. I’ll use the example of environmental science, a hands-on subject where…

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Thinking With Your Hands | Getting Smart – Education Article

By: Cate Heroman Sixty-five percent of kids who are entering elementary school today will have jobs that don’t exist yet. That piece of data has stuck with me ever since I heard it. My educator mind went circling for solutions. To me, the answer revolves around creativity, innovation, and imagination. If we give kids tools to be successful learners, then they will be able to solve problems using whatever new technology comes their way. At the Knock Knock Children’s Museum, we encourage…

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Inspiring Serendipity in the Classroom – Education Article

“It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.”  – Albert Einstein. The phrase “awaken joy in the creative expression” reminds me of a fascination I developed a few years ago with the concept of serendipity. It all began with an op-ed piece I read in the New York Times: “How to Cultivate the Art of Serendipity,” written by Pagan Kennedy. The author described serendipity as “the art of finding what we’re not seeking.”…

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Guided Pathways and Meta-Majors | Getting Smart – Education Article

My oldest son, who will graduate from college in June of 2020, leaves in a month for an internship in Los Angeles. My youngest son heads off to college, again in LA, in August. I constantly think about their pathway through college and wonder if they will be prepared to enter the workforce. My children are prime examples of the importance of support networks and effective mentors. They are carving their own pathway, but they have road maps, field guides,…

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Big Picture Learning Connects Students to Internships through ImBlaze – Education Article

Today the Getting Smart team is bringing you a conversation with Andrew Frishman. From the minute Andrew Frishman met a student from the flagship Big Picture Learning school, he knew he would be involved in crafting education one student at a time. He became a Big Picture advisor at (the now world famous) Met in Providence and then the internship coordinator at Met Sacramento. For the last six years, Andrew has been co-director of Big Picture. One of his initiatives…

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Podcast: Exploring Inquiry with Kimberly Mitchell – Education Article

Today, the Getting Smart team is talking with Kimberly Mitchell about her new book, Experience Inquiry: 5 Powerful Strategies, 50 Practical Experiences, that explores five strategies any teacher or parent can use to promise inquiry and curiosity. Kimberly Mitchell experienced her first inquiry-based lesson watching a colleague at an international school in Quito Ecuador — and been hooked by the power of inquiry ever since! After working with teachers around the world on developing great inquiry practices, she started Inquiry…

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