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Student Voice vs. Student Choice

The Emergence of Choice in Our Society The year is 1950. You probably shop at one local grocery store. You have your hair cut at the local hair salon. If you are fortunate enough to own a television, you might be able to access three network stations. The point is, people did not have the […]

5 Strategies for Leveraging Neurodiversity in the Classroom

In the blockbuster The Imitation Game, Alan Turing is stigmatized as arrogant and apathetic. In a classroom, children labeled with these characteristics are less likely to be authentically engaged. Their education and career opportunities become limited as a result. However, when we shift our mindsets and frame those characteristics as self-aware and passionate (for Turing, […]

Principal Support Is Just a PLE* Away!

The pandemic started a domino effect of issues that are still affecting schools today. Principals must attend to so much, and there are so many urgent items nagging at them, that it is sometimes hard to focus on instructional leadership. As principals face the challenge of moving their schools forward, they must shift to empowering […]

Designing Authentic Curricula

Some points I’d like to make: – Students are constantly learning … just not necessarily what you want them to learn. – Reality TV points to the power of the “real world” to engage youth today. – A real-world pandemic burst into our lives, causing us to focus on the here and now. – The […]

Opportunity and Access in Your Learning Environment

Guest blogger Shané Beauford, Director of Educational Equity at IDE Corp, shares her perspective on the importance of the opportunity-access connection in all classrooms. Opportunity and access are two of IDE Corp.’s 7 Lenses of Instructional Equity. These two lenses generally represent what has been afforded to an individual by others or by a system or […]