Author: Jolene Zywica, PhD

Teacher Spotlight: Kyle Haselton

Last month I visited Quest Forward Academy Santa Rosa and had the pleasure of meeting Kyle Haselton, a second year English teacher. Kyle’s been kind enough to open his classroom door and share his experiences, including ways he... Read More

Get to know the Learning Skills that help students ANALYZE

In our last post we focused on strategies and activities to support students build skills as they Explore. Those Learning Skills include Establish Meaning, Ask Questions, and Investigate.  In this post we focus on a second... Read More

Get to know the Learning Skills that help students EXPLORE

When you think of your time in school, as a student, what comes to mind? Is it what you learned? Or how you learned it and what you did?  These days I can’t tell you the first thing about Calculus, or anything about Chemistry.... Read More

Three Ways To Start Making Skills The Focus

Over the last couple of months I posted about the skills every high school student needs and the value of making skills the focus in the classroom (skills don't have to be "extra"!).  Now that you’re familiar with the skills we... Read More

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