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Right now, across this country, teachers are prepping their classrooms, uploading and scanning their rosters, revising their unit and lesson plans to meet the needs of their states, their districts, and their many students, and motivating themselves for the challenging and rewarding work of teaching in the 21st century. Like a surfer about to drop into a big wave, this is a time of expectation and excitement.More
Written by Cecilia Le and Rebecca E. Wolfe of Jobs for the Future for CompetencyWorks' blog "Learning from the Cutting Edge."More
What would an education system look like that responded to each student’s needs and interests – and based their progression on their individual mastery of vital skills and competencies? And what would it take to get there?More
"For the most part, teachers are not exposed systemically in a way that allows them to understand things like brain plasticity," said Michael J. Nakkula, the chairman of applied psychology and human development at the University of Pennsylvania's Graduate School of Education. Mr. Nakkula is part of the Students at the Center project, a series of reports on teaching and learning launched this spring by the Boston-based nonprofit group Jobs for the Future.More
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The more educators give students choice, control, challenge, and opportunities to collaborate, the more motivated and engaged those students will be and the more they will learn, according to a new research paper from the innovative, cross-disciplinary project Students at the Center: Teaching and Learning in the Era of the Common Core. More
JFF announces the second 3 papers in the series of 9 for the Students at the Center project. This research shows the promise of new technologies and student-centered practices to reach underserved students. The papers on minority students and mathematics, literacy practices for African-American male youth, and education technology shed light on applying student-centered practices.More
JFF announces the first 3 papers in the series of 9 for the Students at the Center project. This launch refocuses reform debate on meeting individual needs to meet higher standards. The papers on teaching, school districts, and the brain in education explore how students learn best.More
Press release announcing the new Students at the Center series.More

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