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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Virginia is for Learners Innovation Network: A Snapshot of Progress Earned

Seven short months ago, an intrepid band of twenty-six teams representing thirty-one Virginia school divisions embarked on a journey. Their individual quests, while disparate, were nonetheless unified by an aligned desire: to design language frameworks and organizational drivers that empower deep learning models accessible to all learners. Sponsored by the Virginia Department of Education, the […]

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The Wonder in the Question

Co-authored with Amy Feaver, Innovation Coach for Hopewell City Public Schools, VA Who knew there was so much to know and wonder about insects?  Students in a Hopewell City Kindergarten class were all a buzz during their Socratic Seminar as they uncovered their observations about insects.  Seeing bugs through the eyes of a Kindergartner as […]

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