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Leading to Reform: October 1, 2014

This week we focus on how states are changing the name of Common Core, how districts get around the ACT challenge for all kids, ways to be more creative and a quick fix on how to keep kids learning. Some great jobs as well.Common Core By Any Other NameAs the national debate over the Common Core K-12 academic standards rages on, most of the states that originally adopted them are standing by the standards,
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What's Alternative About Alternative Education?

A 2006 report by the American Institutes for Research cited a number of characteristics of effective alternative schools, supported by quantitative and qualitative data:Program philosophies emphasize that it is the educational approach rather than the individual student that needs to be changed to accommodate learning differences among at-risk students.Program administrators and staff subscribe to
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Curious About Curiosity

Over the past week, three resources focusing on curiosity crossed my desk. First, an article in Psychology Today by my friend Jonathan Wai titled “Seven Ways to Be More Curious.” Second, a Phi Beta Kappa Society “Learning for All of Life” series asked the question, is your curiosity unleashed?” And, a third article by Brian Gresko titled, “7 Ways to Feed Your
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Choices

This summer, I have heard many parents, guardians, family members and friends asking young people, “What would you like to do?” The assumption is that there are many options for summer activities and that if youth make the choice they will be more motivated to engage in the activity.Giving youth choices gives them ownership and allows them to enjoy the activities and overcome challenges
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The Sole of Change

Over the past year I have walked over 1,300 miles in the same running/walking shoes. So, now it is time to buy a new pair.I am attached to my current shoes and they seem to understand my feet, my direction and my speed providing an incredibly comfortable feeling.When I “break in” my new shoes I will not wear both as the same time, rather I intend to wear one of my older shoes and one of
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