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Experimenting and Innovating: How to Find the Best Tools and Tactics

New York City is experimenting with new tools and tactics with its Innovation Zone, a devoted unit for trying out new approaches to learning and sharing best practices with like-minded educators. The iZone, as it’s commonly called, started in the 2010-11 school year with 81 schools, and since then, they’ve more than doubled that number … Continue reading Experimenting and Innovating: How to Find the Best Tools and Tactics →

Can Learning How to Blog Change Makeal’s Life?

How can learning to blog make a lasting impact on a 12-year-old boy living in a rough, East Oakland neighborhood? In the second installment of MindShift’s My Education series, which examines whether technology in learning can have a lasting impact on low-income kids through the perspective of one child, the question focuses on Makeal Surrell, … Continue reading Can Learning How to Blog Change Makeal’s Life? →

Can a 9-Hour School Day Prevent Students from Dropping Out?

Despite President Obama’s loftiest hopes to extend the number of school days per year, many schools are actually having to decrease them because of severe budget cuts. While the number of school days in other countries exceeds 200, they’re being cut further in the U.S. to fewer than 180. With families that have access to … Continue reading Can a 9-Hour School Day Prevent Students from Dropping Out? →

Educators Go From Soloists to Choreographers in the Future School Day

Different levels of experience and expertise create a vibrant learning environment. Joe Ross leads the California region of Citizen Schools, a nonprofit that partners with middle schools to expand and re-imagine the learning day for low-income children. The organization draws thousands of volunteers into classrooms every year to teach 10-week “apprenticeship” courses where students learn … Continue reading Educators Go From Soloists to Choreographers in the Future School Day →

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