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Resource Spotlight: Get On Your Feet

Picture three classrooms. In one classroom, students are involved in a lab experiment. In another classroom, students are quietly and individually annotating a novel as they read. In another classroom, students are dancing to... Read More

Get to know the Learning Skills that help students REASON

In our last two posts we focused on strategies and activities to help students build skills as they Explore and Analyze.  In this post we focus on a third category of skills, Reason, which includes the following Learning... Read More

Teacher Spotlight: Kyle Haselton

Last month I visited Quest Forward High School in Santa Rosa, CA and had the pleasure of meeting Kyle Haselton, a second year English teacher. Quest Forward High Schools use Opportunity Education’s Quest Forward Learning to empower... Read More

Why we, a civil rights leader and a philanthropist, are on a mission to transform education

This article appeared in the Opinion section of Fox News on 3/15/2023.   In 2020, there were over 2 million people in the United States between the ages of 16 and 24 who had dropped out of high school. In 1954, Bob Woodson... Read More

Resource Spotlight: Scaffolding Socrates

The summer before I started teaching, I had a romanticized vision of class discussion. My dream class looked like my AP English class when I was in 12th grade: we devoured literature and led lively small group discussions, while our... 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

Resource Spotlight: Active Learning, A La Carte

When I think of professional development, I am hit with a visceral memory from my second year teaching. I had just walked back into my too-cold classroom with a stack of handouts from a PD session. In ten minutes my freshmen were... Read More

The Choice is Yours

Giving students options is a powerful way to engage students through active learning. However, just hearing the word “options” can set some of us into a panic, especially if we are required to closely follow a scope and sequence... Read More