Author: Jolene Zywica, PhD

Skills Don’t Have To Be “Extra”

Years ago I worked in a middle school in Chicago that had a really incredible media arts program. Professional filmmakers, roboticists, musicians, and game designers primarily ran the program through after school clubs, elective... Read More

The Skills High School Students Need

The skills students develop through Quest Forward Learning — learning skills, work skills, and essential habits — can benefit them for the rest of their lives.... Read More

The Secret of Effective Feedback

I stumbled upon an article today by Dylan Wiliam (2016) called “The Secret of Effective Feedback.” I’m familiar with Wiliam’s work from his seminal publication with Black in 1998, “Inside the Black Box: Raising Standards... Read More

4 Strategies to Support Assessment for Learning

As educators, our favorite assessments are those that help us and our students. They help us gauge where our students are, what they need, and what we can do to support them. They help students take actions to improve and to do so... Read More

Going Gradeless: Here’s How We Do It

Grades are so much a part of our own learning experiences and the tools available to teachers today it might be hard to imagine your school without grades. But as many of you already know, it’s possible — and powerful when you can... Read More

What is your school’s teaching approach?

Use this continuum of teaching approaches to drive conversations about learning at your school and to identify goals for improvement.... Read More

10 Strategies for Developing Work Skills

Help students (or anyone!) develop work skills to be successful in their courses, future academic pursuits, careers, and life.... Read More

6 Work Skills for High School and Beyond

Learning work skills during high school can benefit students for the long term. Learn how Quest Forward schools support this important skill development.... Read More