Personalized Learning

School is an Economy and its Currency is the Grade

"School is an island in the middle of a horizonless sea of commerce and trade. Nearly everything that reaches its shores is borne there on the water of money—from the food to the electricity to the textbooks. Its teachers row in on creaky boats, while admin motor in on better ships and berth at closer docks. Some students arrive in yachts, while others swim in with nothing but a bathing suit." – School is an Economy and its Currency is the Grade, by Bernie Bleske.


 

Student mental health and well-being: Supporting students in transition from school to university

By Katie Rigg

Katie Rigg from the Council of International Schools provides some guidance and resources to help your school better support students in transition from school to university


 

Strong Professional Development is Critical for Retaining Teachers

Reflecting on his own experiences as a newbie teacher, Richard Long, Executive Director of the Learning First Alliance, speaks to how a strong professional development program is critical for retaining teachers and absolutely crucial for any school's success.


 

Want to Reach All of Your Students? Here’s How to Make Your Teaching More Inclusive

By Vijay Sathy and Kelly A. Hogan

"Teaching inclusively means embracing student diversity in all forms as an asset." Learn how to reach all of your students with this new advice guide from The Chronicle.


 

Will Our Children Know and Care About June 6, 1944?

An Editorial

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What Students Gain From Learning Ethics in School

By Linda Flanagan

Linda Flanagan makes the case for why Ethics courses should be a necessity in our schools, rather than a sought after rarity.

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How Differentiation Became a Dirty Word to Teachers

By Samantha Ryker

Differentiation has been relegated to yet another buzzword in educational circles.

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Why Men Like Joe Biden Find it So Difficult to Apologize

By Art Markman

If you have created a bad situation with your actions, then your intentions don’t matter much. You made a mess and you have to clean it up.

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Why Helicopter Parents Have Got it Wrong

By Bebe Nicholson

When the bar is set high for behavior and academic achievement, students rise to meet those expectations. Real achievement results in a sense of self-worth that no amount of parental hovering can accomplish.

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What Kids Need to Learn to Succeed in 2050

By Yuval Noah Harari

Yuval Noah Harari is an historian and best-selling author of Sapiens, Homo Deus and 21 Lessons for the 21st Century. In this article, he discusses how the art of reinvention will be the most critical skill of this century.

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Why Personalization in Education Misses the Point

By Jay Lynch - Medium.com

Personalization. It’s the big thing in education right now. Everyone in education is talking about it, selling it, and investing heavily in it.

The Mark Zuckerberg backed educational foundation CZI has recently committed to the goal of “bringing personalized learning to every child,” and the Bush Foundation is funding schools designed to enable “mass customization” of instruction.

The interest in personalization is but one example a broader shift across edtech toward the prioritization of services, algorithms, recommendations, analytics, platforms, etc., and away from content. Instructional content is increasingly perceived as commoditized and no longer a meaningful differentiator in the education marketplace.

So are educational companies now in a race to see who can best adapt, personalize, bundle, customize, filter, analyze, sequence, deliver, manage, [insert preferred adjective here] educational content (wherever that content may happen to come from)?

Is content as a differentiator dead?

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