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PBL Stories and Structures

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Dalton understands how 21st Century Skills can help move you toward your goals. Before engaging in Project Based Learning, Dalton skated by with the bare minimum that allowed him to play sports. After engaging with community partners on a regular basis, he saw the value of talking with professionals as a mode of learning, connecting, and accomplishing goals. P21 Blog

The Importance of Process Art in the ECE Classroom

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The early childhood classroom provides the foundations for a child’s education and success in life. In addition to academic learning, children are growing in self-confidence, creativity and individuality. As a part of STEAM learning, art plays a large role in helping to build these skills. P21 Blog

Engaging Parents & Families in Language Learning: Lessons Learned the DCPS Way

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Scholars have long known that learning multiple languages benefits overall academic achievement. Research dating back as early as the 1960s demonstrates the positive impact of studying another language on cognitive function.

Does your work net-work?

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Sharing our most promising ideas or strategies is great, but often we leave so much of the thinking behind our work invisible thereby severely limiting collaboration. As NTN has explored formal improvement science with our schools, some practical tools have surfaced.

5 Costly Inventory Management Mistakes Schools Should Avoid

If your school is like most, inventory and/or asset management plays a critical role in daily operations.

Educating the Whole Child in the Philippines

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A team from P21 spent two days sharing insights about 21st century skills and project-based learning at the Annual Educators Conference in Manila. P21 Blog

Bullis Charter School Students Engage in Global Climate Change Work

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How PBL Changes the Teacher

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At the end of this school year, I will have finished my twentieth year in education and my tenth as a facilitator of Project-Based Learning. Practicing PBL as my “day job” has changed me in many ways that I absolutely did not expect. And I am not just talking about improving as an educator. So even though my PBL time is half of my career, it is definitely the case that far more than 50% of my personal and professional growth have occurred during the past decade. P21 Blog

Global Schools Network Launch

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It seems I can’t escape conversations about global education. P21 Blog

Animals, Imaginative Play & Finding Joy In Nature: 3 Inspirations from Healthy Afterschool

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Since this is my first article on the P21 blog, let me introduce myself. I’m Daniel - the Director of Community Partnerships at the Alliance for a Healthier Generation. My world revolves around the dream of all 10.2

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Today’s Curriculum for the Higher Ed HR Leader

Speaker: Joseph Clay, Business Transformation Strategist at Oracle, and Jeffrey Haynes, Director with Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP

Today’s universities and colleges face many challenges ranging from reconciling financial pressures, to ensuring student success, to managing complicated workforce dynamics. One thing they all have in common: Their head of HR must align the HR function to best support the institution as it navigates this current landscape.

Five Elements for Differentiation of the 21st Century Learner

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In a high school English classroom in Arizona, students work in established teams to tackle assignments. The teacher, Mr. Maier, coaches them on how to support each other through a variety of communication and collaboration strategies, such as the Harkness Discussion.

Common Project-Based Learning Myths and Mistakes

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Schools around the world are shifting to project-based learning, which challenges students to create something original while collaborating and building knowledge through authentic learning tasks. But how do you make this kind of deep learning a reality in your classroom? There are so many moving parts to PBL that it can be difficult to know where to start. P21 Blog

Every Child In: Children with Special Needs Learning the 21st Century Way

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Volume 2, Issue 10, Number 4. This post begins a four part series from Katherine Smith Elementary School, a P21 Exemplar. In this series, you will read about how a school's policy and practice are connected so that all students with special needs are included as 21st century learners.

Closing the Familiarity Gap Through Global Education

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I recently attended a China Now forum hosted by the 1990 Institute. P21 Blog

Full PBL Inclusion: Ensuring Deeper Learning for My Special Education Students (Part 2 of 4)

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Volume 2, Issue 10, Number 5. Driving Question: How can children with special needs in a Special Day Class (SCD) fit in a Project Based Learning (PBL) school? Three years ago, I joined the reinvention team at Katherine Smith Elementary School. My transition was huge.

The Tandem Bicycle Approach to Distributive Leadership

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The Affiliated High School of Peking University’s Dalton Academy employs a wide variety of industry professionals (lawyers, engineers, artists), academics and experienced teachers. This configuration allows administrators to afford faculty members a high level of autonomy and ability to thrive within their fields of expertise. Furthermore, this trust and autonomy is extended to students, allowing them to lead and teach their own courses as well as experiential learning excursions.

Emphasizing Understanding Builds Better Projects

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Designing and planning your first (or second or third) project can definitely be a challenging prospect. It takes time and intention to figure out how to expand learning beyond the walls of the classroom, involve experts in the field, and mimic the work adults do in the world outside of school.

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Framework Facelift

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With the upsurge in new methods of news sharing- real, fake, and personal- on social media streams, P21 is often asked why the Framework for 21st Century Learning does not address these “new” issues. P21 Blog

Developing Natural Curiosity

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As we move into the latter half of this decade, it becomes more evident that 21st Century Skills must be deeply embedded in the authentic experiences we design for our learners. It wasn’t that long ago when we were introduced to P21 and their concepts of 21st Century Skills in education. P21 Blog

Empower Student Voice through Collaboration and Communication

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When my son was a 9th grader, he was on a team with a student who struggled with completing tasks. After a week, my son shared the team’s frustrations, as they felt helpless to convince the student to move past excuses and make attempts at the work.

The Digital Citizenship Curriculum: Digital Literacy, Cyber Hygiene and More

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From cyberbullying to cybersecurity, digital citizenship lessons help students navigate the internet effectively. P21 Blog

From PBL to PBD: Next Steps for Project Based Learning

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Project Based Learning (PBL) has reached escape velocity. The small movement that began in the U.S. twenty years ago is rapidly becoming the teaching method of choice (and the hot topic of discussion) in virtually every country. P21 Blog

Developing a School Where All Learners Can Flourish as Innovators

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Schools, and school leaders, face enormous pressure to empower students to succeed in post-secondary education, prepare for careers we can’t yet imagine, and address challenges in their communities with innovative thinking. This is no easy task and there are no guaranteed roadmaps to follow – every learning community is one-of-a-kind, every school is defined by the people who live, learn and work within its bounds.

In the Spotlight: Pre-Identification Systems for 21st Century Learners with Special Needs

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Volume 2, Issue 10, Number 6. Driving Question: How can special educators use the 4Cs to ensure students are identified quickly and appropriately and services are aligned? My first year at Katherine Smith Elementary School as a specialist was tough. Our entire team was new to one another.

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All Hands on Deck: Young Children With Needs and Project-Based Learning (Part 4 of 4)

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Volume 2, Issue 10, Number 7. Driving Question: How do we support ALL students to ensure meaningful participation in early grade projects?

School Ambassadors: Tour Guides or Agents of Learning?

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Volume 2, Issue 11, Number 6. Driving Question: How might a student leadership opportunity lead to the development of meaningful student agency? Hello, my name is Tatyana. Welcome to Katherine Smith School," greets a school ambassador.

Skills for Today: Digital Literacy & The Importance of the 4Cs in a Global Context

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Kids are growing up with smartphones in their hands, developing their own apps, programming robots and creating online personas. Indeed, technology is prevalent in nearly every facet of children’s lives, including at school where they’re often using technology tools to enhance their learning.

Aligning the 10 Building Blocks for Future Ready Schools

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A growing number of schools are recognizing that they must start transitioning their learning environments toward deeper learning, greater student agency, more authentic work, and robust technology infusion.

21st Century Leadership: It’s All About the Trust

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March 23, 2015, Volume 2, Issue 4, Number 7. Driving Question: How Does Trust Create And Encourage 21st Century Leadership For Learning? Calling all classroom teachers, building managers, or district level administrators, we need you. 21st century learning schools need 21st century learning leaders.

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Advocating for Equal Learning Opportunities

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During a classroom visit to an early learning center, a little girl tapped me on the hand and introduced herself. P21 Blog

Global Schools Network to Launch

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Five years ago I spent a few days working in a small neighborhood school in Santiago in the Dominican Republic. The kids were bright and happy. The teachers engaged and passionate about learning. The rooms were filled with desks, chairs, tables, pencils, and books - the usual trappings of learning. On the ground floor, a computer lab filled with shiny equipment saw overflow business. P21 Blog

Skills for Today: Cultivate Passion, Purpose, Hope Along with 4Cs to Grow Global Citizens

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South Bronx educator Stephen Ritz routinely welcomes visitors from around the world to the awe-inspiring learning space he has designed atop a 100-year-old New York schoolhouse.

The Power of the iPad: Using Tablet Tech to Improve Student Performance

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Integrating iPad tablets into the classroom is becoming commonplace in schools all across the country. Statistics show that from as early as kindergarten all the way up to medical school , utilizing iPads for coursework and lessons make students more efficient learners. P21 Blog

How a Chinese Public School Promotes Global Social Justice

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For-profit private primary and secondary schools have proliferated in the major cities throughout China since the 1990s. The rapid expansion of the test preparation industry has been even more intense.

Vote Early and Often for Our SxSWedu Sessions

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Once again, the P21 network of Exemplar schools and member organizations is eager to represent at SxSWedu in Austin next March. P21 Blog

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Diary of a Global Learner

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June 22, 2015, Volume 2, Issue 7, Number 10. Driving Question: How Do Teachers Foster Learning In An Effective Global School? While the concept of global education has been around for years, it is considered a new model of teaching and learning.

Design Thinking or PBL: A Chicken/Egg Scenario

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A few months ago there was a great conversation, during a Twitter chat, hosted by #MeritKCI and involving educators who frequent the #dtk12chat. Embedded in the tweets from that chat was the relationship between Design Thinking (DT) and PBL. A blog post that was referenced was written back in 2012 by Ewan Mcintosh of Notosh.com. P21 Blog

Reflection Bingo: A Strategy for Reflection, Connection, and Sharing

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My district is one of the lucky districts that had the week before Christmas off (shopping was completed, parties attended, and I was rested!) which meant that we had to return the day after New Year for our professional learning.

Many Roads to Travel: Empowering Student Learning Outside the Walls

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June 15, 2015, Volume 2, Issue 7, Number 7. Driving Question: How Do Teachers Empower Students With Learning Outside School? Over the past two years, I've been afforded the opportunity to serve as an instructional coach with teachers at a high school in Northwest Georgia.