Teaching & Learning

Teaching & Learning

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 Road to Meeting Individual Learners' Needs

By Patricia F. Deklotz

The charge to “transform the educational delivery system to better and more efficiently meet the needs of all students” has been the quest of the Kettle Moraine School District since I began serving as superintendent in this high achieving, blue-ribbon school system over five years ago. What is...

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Transforming Schools through Expanded Learning Time

By Roy Chan

Orchard Gardens K-8 Pilot School (OGPS) opened in 2003 amidst much fanfare. Its $30 million building represented a large-scale effort to revitalize one of Boston’s poorest communities. But for its first seven years, OGPS was plagued by low academic performance and high staff turnover. From 2003...

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Redesigning Teacher Preparation Today for the Classrooms of Tomorrow

By Arthur Levine, Ph.D.

Seemingly everything about our schools is changing as America shifts from a national, analog, industrial economy to a global, digital, information economy–demographics, technology, curriculum, standards and testing. The skills and knowledge students need, as they compete for jobs with peers from...

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