In Crisis, Opportunity.

You can't teach what you don't do.

What does it mean to be an educator? In January of this year, our answer to that deceptively simple question would have been quite predictable. Since March, though, we have witnessed so many educators in our profession reveal a more nuanced and humbling elaboration beyond anything we could have ever imagined. To be an educator […]

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Deeper Assessment: Why don’t we practice what we know we should do?

This four-part series on Deeper Assessment began with a high-level overview of using backwards design to decide what we really want students to know and do. Prioritizing learning outcomes is a common first step in designing a guaranteed and viable curriculum that prepares students beyond “the test.” Prioritizing standards helps determine vertical scope to prepare […]

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Connecting Careers, Curriculum, and Community

Across the Commonwealth, school districts seeking to make learning experiences more authentic and purpose-driven for their students are exploring the intersection between and among career preparation, curricular outcomes, and community engagement. To that end, several VaLIN Innovation Teams are designing and facilitating systems to define career pathways, establish high-interest academies, and/or expand community partnerships that […]

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Learner Profile Design and Implementation

Co-authored by Craig Bennett and Gaynell Lyman Across the nation educators are asking deep questions about the essential knowledge, skills and dispositions that prepare learners to be life-ready.  In Virginia, these discussions are leading #VALIN Innovation Teams to design learner profiles, empowered learning frameworks, and skills progressions that inform learning and teaching practices.  As we […]

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ALP Welcomes Julie

Advanced Learning Partnerships is delighted to welcome Julie Foss as our newest Education Consultant.  Julie is not new to ALP, as she has been integrally involved leading innovation across the country with us for the past two years. We couldn’t be more excited about the opportunity to leverage her experiences to strengthen our internal team. […]

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Finding Bright Spots

As educators across the country respond to this spring’s circumstances, the weight of the challenges facing our communities can sometimes feel unbearable. Moreover, trying to operate as a school district in these stay-at-home conditions can also contribute to a sense of isolation, as if we are each and all navigating this situation on our own. […]

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