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Estes Park Trail Gazette – Eagle Rock and Estes Park School District partner in Liberatory Design Thinking workshop

The Professional Development Center at Eagle Rock and Estes Park Schools have created a partnership that allows Estes Park to benefit from the nationally-renowned work done by Eagle Rock. Together, Estes Park School District R-3 and Eagle Rock used a process of Neighborhood Learning Conversations. These conversations helped the District discover what skills the Estes […]

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Getting Smart Blog – Integrated Curriculum: Why it Matters, and Where to Find It

by Tom Vander Ark Life is integrated. Why isn’t learning? Discipline-based learning was popularized in the mid 19th century. Disciplines were locked into place by course and credit structures a century ago. While experts would argue that disciplines have unique epistemologies worth exploring, the drawbacks of a discipline-based approach have long outlasted the benefits. It dampens […]

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The Atlantic – Inside a Multiage Classroom

Dividing students by arbitrary birthdate ranges doesn’t make sense, advocates say. By Stuart Miller The Francis W. Parker Charter Essential School in Devens, Massachusetts Stuart Miller DEVENS, Massachusetts—It looks like a typical class in a suburban high school. The teacher, Barbara Curtin, discusses the differences between mean, mode, and median while her students at the Francis W. […]

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Hechinger Report – Would students learn more if they were grouped together like Little League teams?

Dividing students by arbitrary birthdate ranges doesn’t make sense, advocates say by STUART MILLER May 9, 2017 Officials at the Francis W. Parker Charter Essential School in Devens, Massachusetts, believe multiage education fosters cooperation and collaboration between students, like these ninth- and 10th-graders working together on a Holocaust-related history project. Photo: Stuart Miller DEVENS, Mass. […]

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Getting Smart Podcast – High Quality Professional Development at Eagle Rock

By Emily Liebtag High-quality learning is often a result of great teaching and student-centered learning environments. We know from John Hattie and his work in Visible Learning that a teacher is one of the most important factors when it comes to student outcomes. Michael Soguero, long-time educator and current Director of Professional Development at Eagle Rock, fully supports […]

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Estes Park Trail Gazette – Eagle Rock play tackles identity, social constructs and privilege

By Barb Boyer Buck Meghan Tokunaga-Scanlon, music instructional specialist at Eagle Rock School, chose “Songs For a New World” as the school’s spring play very carefully. As written, the piece is more of a song cycle than a musical; all the music and lyrics were written by Jason Robert Brown. The overreaching theme of the […]

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Getting Smart Blog – Smart List: 100 Middle & High Schools Worth Visiting

School visits are a great way to learn. After a lot of visits of our own and a lot of recommendations, we’re excited to share this list of 100 secondary schools that can give educators a refreshing outlook on what schools can do. This list includes schools that achieve extraordinary results for underserved communities, create powerful […]

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Edutopia – Redefining At-Risk Kids

by Mark Phillips , Teacher and Educational Journalist Education is filled with phrases that are simplifications of complex challenges. The one that concerns me the most is the use of the term “at-risk” kids. That term is misleading and often used very simplistically. If we don’t define problems accurately, we can’t provide effective solutions. This is […]