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The Des Moines Register’s editorial on student retention is lazy and irresponsible

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The biggest indictment of our schools is not their failure to raise test scores

The latest results are available from the annual Gallup poll of middle and high school students....
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5 whys and 4 negotiables

I enjoyed Pam Lowe’s recent post about personalized learning. She asked four important questions:...
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Personalizing every student’s level of success

The Van Meter Schools have long been an incubator for innovation. Van Meter was one of our earliest...
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Rethinking learning time in Clear Lake

Clear Lake Middle School (CLMS) knew where it wanted to go. It just needed to put some new...
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Dreaming big at Iowa BIG

Do you know about Iowa BIG? Co-located with a corporate startup accelerator at a former brownfield...
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BloomBoard collection: Rethinking AUPs

BloomBoard invited me to be part of its February blogging campaign and to create a collection over...
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Summits

Summit. (noun) A day-long ’sit and get’ event designed to draw political and media...
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Project-based learning in Northwest Iowa

Many schools in Iowa are trying to find small chunks of time that allow students to engage in some...
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Real projects. Real responsibility. Real contributions.

In 2009, the Blue Valley Schools in Kansas launched their Center for Advanced Professional Studies....
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