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Is School For Everyone? Some Say ‘No’

A network of learning centers is helping families make the difficult decision to remove a struggling child from school in favor of a radically different, self-directed type of education.

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Pixar In A Box Teaches Math Through Real Animation Challenges

A collaboration between Pixar and Khan Academy hopes to show students what math looks like at work in successful animated films.

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Why Making Mistakes Is What Makes Us Human

Could being wrong be the best way to recapture wonder?

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What If Teachers Took Computation Out of Math Class?

Conrad Wolfram argues it's time to rethink why schools require math classes in their current form and what purpose they serve.

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6 Storytelling Apps That Get English Language Learners Talking

Learning English in a public setting can be a daunting experience. Apps can help kids break past some of the hang-ups that come with learning something new in front of a classroom.

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Can Design Thinking Help Schools Find New Solutions to Old Problems?

Some schools are tackling the toughest problems like truancy and parent engagement by thinking outside the box.

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Rethinking Data: How to Create a Holistic View of Students

By gathering personal interests of students and keeping details handy, educators can use that info to seed ideas for meaningful assignments, connect with students and offer encouragement.

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When Educators Make Space For Play and Passion, Students Develop Purpose

These teachers made room for playful exploration and student passions in the classroom, helping their students to develop the purpose that drives them.

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10 Big Hurdles to Identifying and Educating the Nation’s Smartest Kids

The authors of a new book argue that efforts to raise achievement for students at the bottom have come at the expense of the most gifted and talented.

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Growth Mindset: How to Normalize Mistake Making and Struggle in Class

We hear a lot about how students need space to fail when learning, but how can teachers make their classrooms feel safe enough for that kind of risk? Take a peek inside East Palo Alto Charter School.

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What a Student Learned From a Short Experiment in Self-Directed Learning

Nick Bain, 17, was in class one day when he calculated that only "2 1/2 to three hours" was actually useful instruction. So he decided to go out on his own to learn.

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The Funniest Back-To-School Pep Talk You May Have Missed

It's time to head back to school and in the words of Kid President, "Be more awesome."

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Homework Battles: When Parent Help Negatively Affects Students

A study finds that a parent's anxiety over math transfers to their kids if the parent spends a lot of time helping the kids with their homework.

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For Aging Schools: What ‘Community-Centric Design’ Could Look Like

A design firm takes a fresh approach to existing school space by creating environments for project-based learning, mentoring and character development.

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