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Why engage students in creating?

Why engage students in creating?

You've probably heard of the Maker Movement in recent years. With articles like “Maker Movement Conquers the Classroom” and TED talks like “We are Makers,” it is hard to deny that making is th…
Literacy matters in math classrooms, too

Literacy matters in math classrooms, too

Math teachers do math. English teachers do, well, English things, like words and vocabulary and meaning. Never the two shall mix. But is this common perception true? No. The reality is that, ev…
Calibrating the competency conversation

Calibrating the competency conversation

If I tried to define competency-based education in the fewest words possible, I would say: in a competency-based system, students advance upon mastery. But if you haven’t already, you’ll fi…
What does free community college proposal mean for NC?

What does free community college proposal mean for NC?

Late last week, President Barack Obama announced a proposal that would provide two years of community-college tuition to American students who maintain certain academic criteria. Details about the pro…
Could Harry Potter be an innovative principal?

Could Harry Potter be an innovative principal?

Last month, principals from NC New Schools network schools came together to determine if Harry Potter would be an ideal principal. Sounds a little crazy, until you know that we were analyzing sever…
Who’s doing the thinking in your classroom?

Who’s doing the thinking in your classroom?

What’s chess have to do with baseball? Ask Riley Dahlberg, a junior at Mountain Heritage High School. “I’m a pretty good pitcher. I also play third base,” Riley said. “Chess is hel…
Powerful Learning, Real Applications – Part 2

Powerful Learning, Real Applications – Part 2

Read Powerful Learning, Real Applications: Part 1 for background about City of Medicine Academy teacher Vance Kite's "Disease and Society" class, which is creating prosthetic hands using 3-D printing.…
SAS coders share expertise through Hour of Code

SAS coders share expertise through Hour of Code

Reposted with permission from SAS Voices. Last year during Computer Science Education Week, some in the corporate community participated in The Hour of Code. To those who visited classrooms, thank …