We’re excited to announce that our partner, the Cohasset (MA) Center for Student Coastal Research (CSCR), was recently awarded a NOAA education grant that will help “build the bridge” between hands-on summertime learning and school-year programs. CSCR engages “Varsity Research” teams of middle and high school students in authentic, community-driven inquiries throughout the watershed, from…

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Portrait of a Graduate

By David Lipkin A Portrait (or Profile) of a Graduate process is a wonderful way for school communities to build consensus about what matters most. The Portrait of a Graduate process is an opportunity to grow community, listen to diverse voices, affirm shared values, and take an honest look at how well our systems support…

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By Joey Lee When visiting with family for Thanksgiving, I found myself rummaging through old pictures and childhood artifacts. I came across a book that I had written at the age of 8. While unimpressed with the story, I found myself rather pleased with the ‘about the author.’ The brief and detailed biography closed with…

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While we may be physically distanced, we don’t have to feel socially distant. By Joey Lee I remember my first online course.  It was the fall of 2014 and I was a bit late to the game as online courses were already quite common. I remember sitting in my home in coastal NH reading the…

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10 Step Primer for Competency-based Learning Design

By Josie Jordan As an educator on the design team of the Pathways program at Mt. Abraham Union High School, I got pretty good at designing and scaffolding personalized, competency-based projects for individual students. Back in the regular classroom, it was a challenge to transfer those same, powerful practices to larger groups of learners without…

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