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4 ways Vermont educators are sharing their practice - The Tarrant Institute for Innovative Education

The #everydaycourage of being seen<p>Take the iconic back-to-school prompt for students — <i>what I did on my summer vacation —</i> and give it a twist. Imagine …

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#everydaycourage and trauma-informed education - The Tarrant Institute for Innovative Education

#everydaycourage is always around us if we can slow down to notice it.<p>I spent many years working in a therapeutic school with teens who were …

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The #everydaycourage of talking about race in Vermont schools - The Tarrant Institute for Innovative Education

How will your students prepare for active engagement in democracy?<p>Last spring Christie Nold, a 6th grade teacher at Frederick H. Tuttle Middle …

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The Crossett Brook Queer-Straight Alliance - The Tarrant Institute for Innovative Education

Think middle schoolers are too young for a QSA? Think again<p>At the Queer Straight Alliance (QSA) at Crossett Brook Middle School in Duxbury, Vermont, …

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Diverse books for conversations around identity - The Tarrant Institute for Innovative Education

The birth of a YA teacher’s book club<p>“Sometimes you can do everything right and things will still go wrong. You’ve just got to keep doing …

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What it looks like when students teach - The Tarrant Institute for Innovative Education

“It really is nice being able to teach others. I know that I had an effect on them.”<p>The Essex STEM Academy, at Essex High School, lets students …

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#vted leads the way with #everydaycourage - The Tarrant Institute for Innovative Education

School leadership in turbulent times<p>As schools prepare to welcome students through their doors, many educators are researching how to talk with their …

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Laying the groundwork for effective teaching teams - The Tarrant Institute for Innovative Education

Or, What to Bring to the First Staff Potluck<p>Opening up to fellow educators can be hard. We all know we’re doing the best we can, but many of us also …

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#everydaycourage - The Tarrant Institute for Innovative Education

It’s time we celebrated it in our schools.<p>When we walk into Vermont schools, we see it. It’s there, every time, when our eyes scan the hallways, the …

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Checking in with Stowe & PAML's peer PLP collaboration - The Tarrant Institute for Innovative Education

When last we left the students of these two plucky Vermont middle schools, they had managed to connect students and educators via Google Hangout. …

J-Term at Hazen Union - The Tarrant Institute for Innovative Education

Personalized, proficiency-based PBL or bust<p>During a faculty meeting in late December of 2016, educators and staff talked about the need to provide …

Use a student leadership team for feedback on PLPs - Innovation: Education

Guiding Crossett Brook PLPs with student voice<p>The Crossett Brook PLP student leadership group presented their recommendations on PLPs to the teaching …

Sharing STEAM projects with families - Innovation: Education

Proctor’s STEAM Family Night<p>The sleepy little town of Proctor VT, is making some big waves when it comes to showcasing their students’ STEAM …

Why One Napa School Is Opting Out of Online Learning

Nestled among rows of wine grapes, Stone Bridge School is a K-8 independent charter school in Napa County. On a recent afternoon, 28 first-graders …

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How to win the VT Tech Bridge Building competition - The Tarrant Institute for Innovative Education

It takes a combination of flexible pathways and student passion.<p>Peoples Academy Middle Level 6th graders Noble Beerworth, Josephine Simone, Anna …

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4 examples of students as partners in school change - The Tarrant Institute for Innovative Education

Let students help you transform your school<p>Creating sustainable systemic change is hard work. Yet there are readily available, free, renewable …

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Using audiobooks for Universal Design for Learning - The Tarrant Institute for Innovative Education

Expanding student access to reading<p>As a school librarian, I needed to think how I could adopt Universal Design for Learning (UDL) in my own teaching …

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Machinima: using video games for storytelling - Innovation: Education

Be an X-Box Hero (with stars in your eyes)*<p>Meet machinima. The word’s a portmanteau of “machine” and “cinema”. It’s a unique form of storytelling …

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Flexible pathways in proficiency-based learning - The Tarrant Institute for Innovative Education

Choose Your Own Adventure<p>In Sam Nelson’s classroom, students choose what they learn, and how. Through the use of learning scales and targets, Nelson …

Teaching

GOOGLE FORMS IN THE CLASSROOM: CREATE AN INTERACTIVE STORY

You may have been using Google Forms in the classroom to collect data, for surveys and even to grade, but did you know you can use Google Forms to …

8 year-end reflection tools and activities - The Tarrant Institute for Innovative Education

Reflect, celebrate and plan<p>Oh, the spring. Such a busy time for teachers.<p>There are all those transition meetings, already getting ready for the next …

What we can learn from brand new educators - The Tarrant Institute for Innovative Education

What advice would your 7th grade self give you about teaching?<p>Remember when you were first starting out as an educator? The ink on your certification …

Take Project-Based Learning to the next level - The Tarrant Institute for Innovative Education

3 ways to plan for PBL 2.0<p>You’ve dipped your toe into project based learning. You’ve planned an entry event, shared a high quality driving question, …

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What are the benefits of taking Genius Hour school-wide? - The Tarrant Institute for Innovative Education

It’s a movement, not a moment<p>Every teacher should consider making time for Genius Hour (sometimes called 20% time or Passion Projects). We know that …

The student-centered art classroom - The Tarrant Institute for Innovative Education

Structures to support student artists<p>Art is “the expression or application of human creative skill and imagination”. To teach children that …

Student-led conferences and engagement in PLPs - The Tarrant Institute for Innovative Education

A middle school case study<p>Katie Bryant, an English teacher at Lamoille Union Middle School, presents the results of her semester-long action research …

Scheduling and student choice - The Tarrant Institute for Innovative Education

Meet “iLearn”<p>The middle school team at Rutland Town School in Rutland, VT have been working on a more fully integrated implementation of personal …

4 ideas for using a makerspace to support PBL - The Tarrant Institute for Innovative Education

How do project-based learning and makerspaces fit together?<p>Making and PBL may look like two completely different educational movements, but in …