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Welcome to the Learning Commons blog, where you will find our latest news, updates, and insights. We will also highlight helpful ways our users are working with the Learning Commons and feature new content playlists. Interested in sharing how YOU are using the Learning Commons? Drop us a note at hello@learning-commons.org.

 
 

Designing and Implementing a New School Model: Resources & Advice to Drive the Process

October 22, 2019

“Designing a new school model is an exciting premise. There are limitless opportunities to explore, stakeholders to engage, and resources to utilize. But it can be challenging to know where to start and what to bear in mind throughout the process. 

Springpoint supports districts, schools, and CMOs in designing high school models that are responsive to the needs of their students and communities. In the past seven years, we’ve…

9 steps to creating and managing successful blended classrooms

June 27, 2019

“Going blended” is about more than just technology—it’s about rethinking instruction and effectively managing innovation over time. While that can seem daunting, the Christensen Institute’s Blended Learning Universe (BLU) has a research-driven design guide to support educators as they build (and refine) their blended-learning programs.

This guide can be adopted by teachers striving to implement blended solo, or by teams…

Good Professional Development Focuses on Problems of Practice

June 13, 2019

High-quality, effective professional learning can be hard to find. Too often, educators experience learning that is not personalized, engaging, or relevant. Professional development that is designed to be one-size-fits-all does not take into account the different needs and skill levels in the room, making sessions feel more about compliance than actual learning. Accountability structures still focus on hours and seat time, leading to sit-and-get sessions that are not focused on application nor actual change in practice…

Dallas ISD: Sharing the “what, why, and how” of personalized professional learning

March 28, 2019

When our district’s personalized learning journey began back in the fall of 2013, we relied heavily on the pioneers who came before us. In those early years, we spent countless hours on phone calls, Google Hangouts, and school visits trying to make sense of what personalized learning is and is not. In our short five years, one of the greatest lessons we’ve learned is that none of us are going to get any closer to true personalization if we don’t lean on and leverage the work of others. For us, this means being committed to sharing not just resources but the…

Protip: Streamline professional learning with the Learning Commons and Google Classroom

February 22, 2019

The Learning Commons gives educators, coaches, and leaders access to a vast library of diverse professional learning content. We’ve partnered with leaders in the space – including districts, nonprofits, and consultants – to make content and playlists available at your fingertips.

While we know there is a lot of value in finding and exploring content within the Learning Commons site, we also know that integrating the content into platforms you already use…

Let’s Improve Professional Learning Through Collaboration and Knowledge Sharing

October 30, 2018

In education, we have a tendency to reinvent the wheel. At its core, the challenge is not a lack of will to share; rather, our public education system isn’t built for sector-wide collaboration. Instead, it decentralizes structures and policies, leading to the unintended outcome of a hyper-local system. While adapting content to local contexts is always important, our inability to share universal high-potential practices cripples our system from effectively scaling the strategies that will ultimately move the needle for students in our country…

A Commons for Educator Learning

March 14, 2018

One of the most valuable yet scarcest resources we have in our school systems is teacher time. Inundated with countless demands--lesson planning, preparing materials, meeting with families, after school meetings and functions, and teaching itself--teachers are left with very limited, precious time to spend on arguably one of the most needed activities: professional development.

But when educators do get time to develop their skills, the content and resources readily…

The Learning Accelerator and Yet Analytics Launch the "Learning Commons"

March 12, 2018

The Learning Accelerator (TLA) and Yet Analyticstoday announced the launch of the Learning Commons, a free, open site where educators can search for resources provided by different learning content providers, educational research institutions, professional development organizations, and school districts to find the professional learning support they need to implement blended and personalized learning in their classrooms…