Student-led Learning – The What and How

One of my early attempts at student-led learning was through an extracurricular program outside of the core classes I was responsible for teaching. The inspiration was rooted in introspection. I was experiencing more behavior issues in my core classes and, upon reflection, recognized why. I wasn’t involving students in the creation of our learning experience…

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Student engagement in the classroom post-COVID-19

I recently read a blog by The Annie E. Casey Foundation called “Reengaging Students Who Lost Their Way During the Pandemic.” It reminded me of Josh. Josh was a student of mine a few years back, his reputation as a rebellious young man preceded him. Our class was primarily 9th graders and, at 18 years-old,…

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Building – and Finishing – the Plane While Flying It

Building the Plane While Flying It

Greater Lawrence Technical School: A LiFT Learning Partner Story As Coordinator of the STEAM Academy at Greater Lawrence Technical School (GLTS) in Andover, Massachusetts, Panagiota Athinelis has had the joy and challenge of implementing an innovative Competency-Based Education (CBE) program within an urban vocational school.  Panagiota holds an EdD from Lesley University, where she researched…

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