Performance assessments - assessments that ask students to apply their learning in new, real world ways - are a critical measure of learning for mastery education. Within this system, performance assessments enable students to show what they know and are able to do in many different ways.
Revisiting the idea of the rubric to see how well it has worked and how it can better serve our students is a legitimate and worthwhile exercise. It’s a conversation we should all be having.
“We want to see kids value themselves. I think it's about honoring the strengths that all kids have so that we can support them in feeling good about their assets." The Essex County Learning Community brings teachers together to create better learning experiences for students with learning differences.
As people in powerful places continue to attempt to create a monolithic school system that only teaches wealthy white culture, it becomes increasingly important that we try to include social justice and diverse perspectives in every part of our educational evolution.
Karla E. Vigil shares four principles for using culturally responsive teaching practices to engage students.
I learned geometry sitting in a classroom copying down the Pythagorean Theorem. Jackson, a high school student in Vermont, learned geometry by plotting angles over acres of land and drawing blueprints for areas in his hometown.
It can often be hard to find positivity in a chaotic world. Our staff reflects on the little things in their communities that are inspiring them and giving them hope for a brighter future.