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Year in Review: Top 8 of 2018

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    April Hattori

2018 was a memorable one in education. Notable news included students taking action in their communities, open-educational resources growing in popularity, and civics education and personalized learning rising to the forefront. EL Education was part of the national conversation on all of these topics and more in the New York Times, Washington Post, Education Week, ASCD Express and other publications. We thank our partners for making our approach come to life in communities across the country. Let’s take a look back at the top EL Education stories and resources in the last year.

Media stories

Washington Post/Hechinger Report: What if personalized learning was less about me and more about us? The work of King Middle School and Casco Bay High School, both in Portland, Maine bring EL Education’s interdisciplinary and collaborative approach to personalized learning come to life.

New York Times In the Age of Trump, Civics Courses Make a Comeback The anti-gun violence work of Polaris Charter Academy students in Chicago is featured and Ron Berger, EL Education’s Chief Academic Officer notes that their work is “not to prepare students for tests, but to prepare them to be active, contributing citizens.”


Hechinger Report: Why Thomas Jefferson would be proud of Florida’s students  Ron Berger writes that “our public schools must reclaim their original charge: to imbue positive character and citizenship to all students while they are learning academic skills.”

Education Week:  What Educators Get Wrong About Bloom’s Taxonomy In one of most popular Education Week commentaries of the year, Ron Berger writes that students must have a chance to apply what they’re learning.

ASCD Express:  Empowering English Language Learners Through Language Dives  EL Education’s Anne Vilen and Kevin Jepson share concrete strategies to help ELL’s develop critical language skills.

MiddleWeb:  How Ordinary Kids Can be Extraordinary Citizens  Anne Vilen shares three lessons that are key in developing informed students who are passionate about contributing to their communities.

EL Education Videos

Station-based Student-Led Conferences in Kindergarten  See how kindergartners own their learning as they rotate through three stations of student-led conferences with their families at Conway Elementary School, in Escondido, CA
Leading Professional Learning on Student-Engaged Assessment Learn about four types of adult professional learning: data informed professional development, coaching teachers, walkthroughs, and learning walks.