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January 29, 2015 9:00 am - By in Blogs, Math Learning

The inner workings of the middle school math mind

The middle school mind is…different. As 13-year-old Logan LaPlante described in his Ted Talk Hack Schooling Makes Me Happy, “Neuroscientists say that the teenage brain is pretty weird: our prefrontal cortex is underdeveloped, but we actually have more neurons than…

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January 29, 2015 7:06 am - By in Blogs, Math Learning

Forget “academics” for middle school. Focus on engagement and authenticity.

Several years ago when my school district was working to create a new, more actionable mission statement, we hit an unforeseen bump in the road. We were proudly reviewing our sixth draft of the statement (which was 95 percent finished)…

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January 23, 2015 3:55 pm - By in Blogs, From DreamBox

Seattle Business Awards Jessie Woolley-Wilson!

Last night at Seattle Business magazine’s annual award gala, our CEO, Jessie Woolley-Wilson, was honored with a 2015 Executive Excellence Award. These awards honor individuals who demonstrate extraordinary leadership in guiding their companies and organizations to success. Jessie’s unyielding determination…

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January 14, 2015 12:39 am - By in Blogs, From DreamBox

Wholehearted support for student privacy protections and for using data to personalize learning

I welcomed President Obama’s announcement of a proposed new Student Digital Privacy Act aimed at preventing companies from selling sensitive student information collected in schools and using the data to engage in targeted advertising to children. President Obama’s statement, “Data…

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December 2, 2014 9:10 pm - By in Blogs, Personalized Learning

Personalized Schooling Gets Most of the Attention

I was initially surprised when my July blog post—Personalized Learning or Personalized Schooling?—became one of my most widely read and shared posts so far this year. In particular, this graphic resonated with educators:  This framework clarifies critical distinctions that are…

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October 31, 2014 5:01 pm - By in Blogs, Math Learning

The Math Barrier: An Unfortunate Reality

When you’re a math major in college like I was, you can be guaranteed at least two things. First, many people will assume you’re a human calculator because they’ll ask you to make outrageous computations on the spot. Second, fellow…

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October 29, 2014 4:09 pm - By in Blogs, Uncategorized

3 Musts of #iNACOL14

iNACOL is taking place in Palm Springs, California this year … helloooo sunshine! As Seattleites, we are especially excited for this event, but not only for the sun. The following are the three “musts” of iNACOL 2014. 1. Breakout Session…

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October 15, 2014 2:58 pm - By in News

This Just In: Jessie Woolley-Wilson to Speak at SXSWedu in Featured Session

It’s official! It’s just been announced that our CEO, Jessie Woolley-Wilson, will be speaking at the upcoming SXSWedu 2015 conference, March 9–12, in a just announced Featured Session titled, “EdTech for Educational Inclusion.” The panel will address important topics including inequalities…

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October 7, 2014 5:19 pm - By in Blogs, From DreamBox

The Appropriate Use of Data to Drive Student Success

I believe that we must honor every student’s individual abilities, the way they learn—and their privacy. Protecting student data has become a growing topic of discussion, and the enactment of the nation’s first student data-privacy legislation on September 29th in…

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