Educational Change

Educational Change

An Equitable Education Matters Significantly

By Jay Cummings, Ph.D.

Equal — the same in number, amount, degree, rank or quality. Not changing, the same for every person.

Equality — the state of being equal in political, economy and social rights.

Equity — fairness or justice in the way people are treated. (Merriam-Webster)

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The (Dys)function of Empathy – Activating the Right Type of Empathy to Increase Equity in the Classroom

By Amanda Janssen

"Another type of teacher empathy I saw was one that sought to understand the 'why' behind success and failure and then invested in the student accordingly. The teachers who used it were driven to understand each student as an individual so that equitable accommodations could be made. It...

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Green STEM: STEM as It's Meant to Be

By Laura Arndt and Anne Tweed

Roland Quitugua, a leading scientist in the U.S. territory of Guam, stood before a room of 60 public school teachers, describing his tireless efforts to eradicate a devastating problem on the tiny island in the Western Pacific: the Coconut Rhinoceros Beetle.

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Systematic Change in Education Begins with a New Vision for Professional Development

By Stephanie Hirsh

In his now-classic book The Fifth Discipline, Peter Senge describes systems thinking as a “discipline for seeing wholes.” It is a framework for seeing interrelationships rather than things, for seeing patterns of change rather than static snapshots. “Systems thinking,” Senge writes, “...

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The Creation of One Learner Centric Learning Environment

By Arnold Langberg

I have been involved in the creation of learner-centric public high schools throughout my professional career, in Colorado and in New York. Described below is the beginning of one such school in a Colorado school system in 1975. The school continues to this day, although I have been gone from it...

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