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Topic: Learning Environments

Get More Out of Professional Learning

Get More Out of Professional Learning

Convenient, high-quality professional learning is hard to come by and needed now more than ever. But the needs of learners and the demands of teaching and learning are evolving in ways not well served in traditional professional development delivery models. Sure, online access is more available but is anyone really... Read the full article >
Student Transfer in K-20 Education

Student Transfer in K-20 Education

Around the turn of the 21st century, regional accrediting associations agreed that a student who earned credits from an approved institution and transferred to another, generally, would be granted credit acceptance. In the past, the credits came from the same kinds of schools that taught a curriculum comprised of much... Read the full article >
A Courageous Approach to School Improvement: Teacher Agency and Voice

A Courageous Approach to School Improvement: Teacher Agency and Voice

How many school improvement initiatives have you implemented … and how strong were your results? Now is the time for leaders to look at school improvement from a new perspective of supporting teachers and invest their focus and energy into a different approach to continuous school improvement—using the power of... Read the full article >
Cognia’s New Teacher Observation Tool Helps Teachers, Schools, and Districts Measure Learner-Centric Classrooms

Cognia’s New Teacher Observation Tool Helps Teachers, Schools, and Districts Measure Learner-Centric Classrooms

But classroom observations can be challenging to implement at the school, district, and state levels. Some research on the effectiveness of classroom observation raises concern about potential bias in ratings and questions the tools’ alignment with what they purport to measure or what matters to improve learning. Equally significant, many... Read the full article >
Pandemic and Academic Recovery Are About More Than Loss

Pandemic and Academic Recovery Are About More Than Loss

Educators across the country are formulating plans to address so-called “learning loss.” As a teacher in Washington, DC, I see every day the losses that students, families, and teachers face due to Covid-19. But I also see how resilient our communities are—and how harmful it is to focus solely on... Read the full article >
Parent, Teacher, or Both?

Parent, Teacher, or Both?

March 2020 felt like a game board was suddenly tipped over and all the pieces went flying around. As we began picking them up, stunned and scared, we realized that one of the biggest challenges families with school-aged children were facing was the rapid shift to online learning, and the... Read the full article >
Developing Meaningful Alternate Assessments

Developing Meaningful Alternate Assessments

Developing an alternate assessment goes beyond compliance with regulations. Such an assessment must be built on the determination and passion to provide students with significant cognitive disabilities authentic ways to demonstrate what they know and can do related to the academic standards for their state. As a former teacher of... Read the full article >
Empowering Teachers for Online Instruction

Empowering Teachers for Online Instruction

Biggest Challenges Teachers Face Based on our experience working with schools, school districts or networks, and states, we see every day the biggest challenges teachers face. Specifically, educators find it most difficult to: Figure out how to teach students remotely in class and simultaneously support their learning at home. Many... Read the full article >
The Case for Non-Traditional STEM Learning

The Case for Non-Traditional STEM Learning

The past several months have changed the rules when it comes to traditional learning inside and outside the classroom. As the first aquarium to be STEM-provider certified by Cognia, Georgia Aquarium recognizes our unique position as a non-traditional learning environment with the values of STEM education. We may not be... Read the full article >
Character, Care, and Respect Build a School Community

Character, Care, and Respect Build a School Community

The Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) defines social and emotional learning as “the process through which children and adults understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions.” Social and emotional learning... Read the full article >