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Introducing this work

Introducing this work | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

For the purposes of this site, the history of human interaction with information may be divided into 4 eras. The first (spoken) era ended with the invention of writing around 3000-4000 BC. The second era ended with the invention of the printing press in 1440. The third era ended, and the fourth began, with the invention of the Internet (depending how one defines its operational beginning) somewhere between 1969 and 1982. We now exist early, but decidedly, in the fourth era.

 

All readers may not agree with this interpretation of the history of information, especially with the division and numbering of the eras. That is not the main point. Rather, it is that humankind presently exists in an era distinctly different from the one that preceded it -- that in fact, this new era is accompanied with, and characterized by, a new - and quite different - information landscape. This new Internet information landscape will challenge, disrupt, and overpower the print-oriented one that came before it. It will not completely obliterate that which preceded it, but it will render it to a subsidiary, rather than primary, level of influence.

 

Just as the printing press altered humanity's relationship with information, thereby resulting in massive restructuring of political, religious, economic, social, educational, cultural, scientific, and other realms of life; so too will the advance of digital technology occasion analogous transformations in the corresponding universe of present and future human activity.

 

This site will concern itself primarily with how K-20 education in the US, and the people who comprise its constituencies, may be affected by this transformative movement from one era to the next. All ideas considered here appear, to me at least, to impact the learning enterprise in some way. Accordingly, this work looks at the present and the future through a lens that is predominantly, but far from entirely, a digital one. -JL

 

Opinions expressed, scooped, or copied in this Scoop.it topic are my own, or a result of my own judgment, and should in no way be understood to reflect those of my employer.

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Margaret Waage's comment, June 20, 2013 7:43 AM
Jim - I like your perspective. Great subject matter here!
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Beautiful!

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Three Chicago Nonprofits Get $55 Million to Help Low-Income Students Graduate, Largest Gift Ever for Communities in Schools | The 74

Three Chicago Nonprofits Get $55 Million to Help Low-Income Students Graduate, Largest Gift Ever for Communities in Schools | The 74 | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"Pharmaceutical giant AbbVie will contribute $55 million to help low-income students succeed in school. The donation announced Friday will be divided among three organizations: Communities in Schools, City Year, and the University of Chicago Education Lab, all of which serve low-income students in Chicago.

"Part of the money will also help improve City Year’s national math and literacy efforts and expand its STEAM program in San Jose, California.

"Communities in Schools will receive $30 million, the largest gift in the organization’s 40-year history. Of that, $6 million will go directly to Communities in Schools of Chicago, which will use the grant to place full-time social workers in 16 additional high-poverty schools to provide struggling students with academic and social-emotional support."

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National Poll on Education Attitudes Finds Majority of Teachers Down on Profession, Lack Trust in Parents | The 74

National Poll on Education Attitudes Finds Majority of Teachers Down on Profession, Lack Trust in Parents | The 74 | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"Each year, the reform-oriented EdChoice research group surveys the public on their attitudes toward education policy and school quality. This year, for the first time, it included the voices of teachers in the poll — and the results, officially released at an event in Washington, D.C., today, were bracing. Measured against a common indicator of consumer satisfaction, teachers were less likely to recommend their profession than were state legislators or active-duty military personnel. Even more striking, few said they placed much trust in key education players, such as local school boards, state and federal authorities, even parents."

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Free Technology for Teachers: Turn Text to Speech With the Voicepods Chrome Extension

Free Technology for Teachers: Turn Text to Speech With the Voicepods Chrome Extension | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

A couple of months ago I discovered a new text to speech tool called Voicepods. When I first tried it and wrote about it Voicepods would only create voice recordings based on text that you wrote. This week Voicepods launched a free Chrome extension that will let you have the text of any webpage read aloud. There are other Chrome extensions that do the same. What makes Voicepods different is that while Voicepods reads the text of webpage it also makes a recording that you can save and playback whenever you want. Watch my demonstration video to see how the Voicepods Chrome extension works.

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Higher Ed faculty need tech that supports Active Learning

Higher Ed faculty need tech that supports Active Learning | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

Faculty members in higher education find themselves caught between two competing realities. On the one hand, colleges and universities have shifted focus and importance away from academic rigor and faculty research in favor of student success and effective teaching. On the other, research and grants continue to carry the most weight in the tenure and promotion process. It is essential for edtech entrepreneurs to understand the interplay and conflict between these two forces as they consider what kinds of technology faculty members truly need.


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Ignite My Future in School - Curriculum for Middle School  #computationalthinking

Ignite My Future in School - Curriculum for Middle School  #computationalthinking | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Ignite My Future in School provides middle school educators with standards-aligned, transdisciplinary resources designed to effectively engage classrooms with the foundations of computational thinking across core subject areas.

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Designing for Learning — Transcend  [Building Beyond the Limits of School Design]

Designing for Learning — Transcend  [Building Beyond the Limits of School Design] | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
The fields of neuroscience, psychology, and cognitive science have unearthed important insights and established agreed-upon models that help explain how learning happens and inform the design of impactful learning environments. Our Designing for Learning resources aim to share these insights and models in a way that supports whole-school design.

To that end, we’ve brought together research on multiple factors that impact learning—including cognition, motivation, identity, and individual variability—and applied a school design lens that considers not just classroom-based instruction, but also other elements of a learning environment’s design (e.g., adult roles, schedules, community partnerships, etc.). We hope these resources, which currently include a primer summarizing key insights from the research and design cards to help communities act on these insights, complement the exciting and growing body of knowledge related to the science of learning and development in meaningful and actionable ways.

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Effective implementation of project-based learning - Teacher

Effective implementation of project-based learning - Teacher | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"If you’re looking to use project-based learning (PBL) in the classroom next term, a new research review offers some practical pointers for teachers.

"The paper, by Durham University colleagues Dr Dimitra Kokotsaki, Victoria Menzies and Dr Andy Wiggins, also has six key recommendations for the successful adoption of a student-centred approach in mainstream schools. Writing in the journal Improving Schools, the academics explain PBL is an inquiry-based approach that can be used from early years through to higher education, where students learn by addressing a real-world challenge. They add that its uniqueness lies in the fact that students come up with an end product which represents their ‘new understandings, knowledge and attitudes ...’.

"Their literature review looked at studies from around the world exploring evidence of the effectiveness of PBL – including the use of concept maps in Hungarian Kindergartens, a primary school PBL program for low SES students in the United States and a STEM-based project involving female high school students in Taiwan."

 

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Better Together: Why Schools Should Work in Networks

Better Together: Why Schools Should Work in Networks | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
After working with hundreds of districts and thousands of schools, Lydia and I concluded that personalized and project-based learning is powerful but challenging. It breaks a lot of old conventions and the toolset isn’t good enough to make it easy. In short, it’s hard to do well, at scale and over time.

Where personalized learning is working for kids, there is usually a network ranging from an informal collaboration to a formal governance structure.
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When Co-Curriculars Spark Careers: Over 80 Years, How ‘Career and Technical Student Organizations’ Have Evolved From Bricklaying to Business Management to Robotics | The 74

When Co-Curriculars Spark Careers: Over 80 Years, How ‘Career and Technical Student Organizations’ Have Evolved From Bricklaying to Business Management to Robotics | The 74 | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"For over a century, the federal government has supported vocational education, and starting in the mid-1900s, Career and Technical Student Organizations. But those organizations have evolved over the decades, just as education policy and the workforce has evolved — from serving students headed to work immediately after high school to preparing those with college ambitions. The 1983 A Nation At Risk report in particular helped spur a push for academic rigor across schools.

 

"Just looking at the changing names of these organizations shows their history. Future Farmers of America, which has nearly 670,000 members, is now known as the National FFA Organization. It updated its name in 1988 because “FFA is not just for students who want to be production farmers; FFA also welcomes members who aspire to careers as teachers, doctors, scientists, business owners and more,” FFA’s national website states.".

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What Does Personalized Learning Actually Mean? It Depends Who You Ask :: Education Week

"The pro-personalization parents I interviewed tended to come in two varieties. Ideally, we would be able to offer students the best of both of these visions, but trade- offs inevitably are required.

"The first set of parents have high academic expectations and want their child exposed to all the on-demand customization that modern technology has made possible in other industries. If transportation, food, clothing, and entertainment can all be made to our specifications, they ask, why not learning? These parents want to ensure that their child is never presented with a question too easy or too hard, but always in their zone of proximal development to ensure a seamless learning experience. A common refrain is that their child is "bored" in their current school.

"The second variety of pro-personalization parents want their child to be able to slow down and get the support needed to fully learn a subject. These parents want their child to enjoy learning, and often complain that their current schools don't make time for their child to study the subjects that deeply interest them, be it black holes, Legos, or songwriting. Sometimes their child hasn't yet figured out how to fit in socially, and these parents are looking for a school that can help personalize that part of the school day as well. They look at the spikiness of their child's learning profile with curiosity, appreciation, and patience."

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About education reimagined

About education reimagined | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"Our purpose is to accelerate the growth and impact of the learner-centered education movement in the United States by

 

"Sharing the possibility of learner-centered education with a broad spectrum of education stakeholder groups, so as to attract new leaders and grow support for transformational efforts.

"Identifying and emboldening learner-centered leaders already at work in communities, school systems, policy arenas, and the education profession, growing the number of leaders who see themselves as part of a larger movement.

"Igniting and fostering ever-growing communities of diverse learner-centered leaders who wouldn’t otherwise see each other as allies in a movement—and creating the conditions for them to effectively collaborate, innovate, and advocate together."

 

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Lots of good ideas and resources for fundamental change in American education.

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Vaux Big Picture School: A Conversation with Gabe Kuriloff

Vaux Big Picture School: A Conversation with Gabe Kuriloff | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
I hope we are the beachhead in showing you can run a progressive, neighborhood high school—that learning-by-doing can be for everyone. I’d like to walk away from this work in ten years knowing we were the first of a breed of schools that helps people understand the value of this kind of learning. For 30 years we’ve been spouting, “No Child Left Behind means test, test, test;” whereas I believe No Child Left Behind means “love, love, love.”

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Google Makes a Rare Education Technology Acquisition | EdSurge News

"...this week, Google acquired Workbench, a Baltimore-based company that provides an online library of lessons and projects, organized by subject and grade level, that educators can use in their classrooms. It also offers a programming interface where students can do coding exercises and even control bluetooth-connected devices that are integrated with the platform.

"The two companies are no strangers. In early 2018, Workbench integrated its tool with Google Classroom, which allows educators to assign Workbench projects to students, and track, review and assess their progress. Claiming more than 30 million users, Google Classroom is currently one of the most widely used online educational tools, which lets teachers, students and parents manage class assignments, quizzes and discussions."

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Nation’s First Charter School Teacher Strike Shutters Class for 7,000 Students in Chicago | The 74

Nation’s First Charter School Teacher Strike Shutters Class for 7,000 Students in Chicago | The 74 | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
In the first strike of charter school teachers in the nation’s history, 500 staff members walked off the job from Chicago’s Acero Schools charter network Tuesday morning after negotiations broke down overnight.

The strike forced the network to cancel class for more than 7,000 students in its 15 schools across the city. The teachers’ demands include higher pay, more teacher diversity, more special education staff, smaller class sizes, and a shorter school year.

They also want all 15 schools to be declared “sanctuary schools,” which would prevent the network from sharing students’ information with federal authorities and would bar federal agents from entering the schools without a warrant. More than 90 percent of Acero’s students are Latino.
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Curriculum Management: 4 Strategies for Today’s Digital Classrooms | Tech & Learning

Curriculum Management: 4 Strategies for Today’s Digital Classrooms | Tech & Learning | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
In this article we’ll explore the importance of effective curriculum management, some common curriculum challenges educators just like you are facing, as well as uncover four different ways you can make curriculum management in the digital classroom successful.

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Power Skills: Preparing students for the Future of Work

Power Skills: Preparing students for the Future of Work | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

In a global study carried out by McKinsey & Company, 72% of deans and university leaders said they prepare their graduates for the workforce. In contrast, only 42% of employers and 44% of students thought the same (Mourshed et al. 2013). The mismatch between universities and the world of work is real and it is huge.

In a world where the pace of technological change is accelerating, trying to guess what the future trends will be seems impossible. According to a University of Oxford study, 47% of all the occupations in the US could be lost to automation in the next two decades (Frey et al. 2013). Moreover, 60% of all occupations have at least a 30% chance of being automated (Manyika et al. 2017).

With all this uncertainty, how can the education system prepare students for jobs that are not yet invented? One thing is for sure: the future of work depends on the future of learning.


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Learning Experience Design is NOT a new name for Instructional Design

Learning Experience Design is NOT a new name for Instructional Design | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

Let’s start by defining the both fields:

“Instructional design is creating instructional experiences which make the acquisition of knowledge and skill more efficient, effective, and appealing.” (Wikipedia)

“Learning experience design is the process of creating learning experience that enable the learner to achieve the desired learning outcome in a human centered and goal-oriented way.” (learningexperiencedesign.com)

A clear difference is the use of instructional experience versus a learning experience. Putting the emphasis on the instruction and the instructor (or trainer, teacher, facilitator) is quite different from focussing on learning and the learner (student, trainee or participant). Putting the instructor in the center of the experience is still common in education. LX designers always put the learner in the center of the experience. This results in a different design where the needs and preferences of the learner are leading.

Obviously, they are both called design disciplines. However, instructional design is a very different type of design discipline than LX design. This has a lot to do with their origins.


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Let’s start by defining the both fields:

“Instructional design is creating instructional experiences which make the acquisition of knowledge and skill more efficient, effective, and appealing.” (Wikipedia)

“Learning experience design is the process of creating learning experience that enable the learner to achieve the desired learning outcome in a human centered and goal-oriented way.” (learningexperiencedesign.com)

A clear difference is the use of instructional experience versus a learning experience. Putting the emphasis on the instruction and the instructor (or trainer, teacher, facilitator) is quite different from focussing on learning and the learner (student, trainee or participant). Putting the instructor in the center of the experience is still common in education. LX designers always put the learner in the center of the experience. This results in a different design where the needs and preferences of the learner are leading.

Obviously, they are both called design disciplines. However, instructional design is a very different type of design discipline than LX design. This has a lot to do with their origins.

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How Learning Happens :: New Videos from Edutopia

How Learning Happens :: New Videos from Edutopia | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"How can schools better align their practices with what the science says about human learning? Our new video series, featuring Linda Darling-Hammond, president and CEO of Learning Policy Institute, and Pamela Cantor, MD, founder and senior science advisor of Turnaround for Children, pairs research insights with a variety of illustrative strategies from schools, all grounded in the science of human learning and development. 

"We think these techniques will resonate with educators everywhere: They are focused on taking advantage of the incredible opportunity to help children reach their full potential by creating positive relationships, experiences, and environments in which every student can thrive. In fact, the science is beginning to hint at even more dramatic outcomes. Practices explicitly designed to integrate social, emotional, and cognitive skills in the classroom, the research suggests, can reverse the damages wrought by childhood trauma and stress—while serving the needs of all students and moving them onto a positive developmental and academic path.

"The full series of more than 20 videos will be released in early 2019. Please subscribe to our newsletter to be notified when additional videos are published."

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SEL Assessment Guide

SEL Assessment Guide | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"The Assessment Guide provides several resources for leaders and implementation teams in PreK-12th grade settings who are making decisions about selecting and using measures of student SEL. This includes guidance on how to select an assessment and use student SEL competency data, a catalog from which to select assessments, equipped with filters and bookmarking, and real-world accounts of how practitioners are using these data. Upcoming features include a platform to nominate measures for inclusion and a user forum for practitioners to ask questions and share their experiences."

 

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This is the most current and comprehensive guide to assessment of student Social and Emotional Learning. Definitely worth a look.

 

Access to the guide is free with free user registration required.

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Podcast | How the Platform Revolution is Changing Life and Learning

Podcast | How the Platform Revolution is Changing Life and Learning | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Education “is not as simple as media,” said Choudary about the delayed adoption of platforms in the learning. He points to MOOCs as one-sided content sharing with some but not all advantages of platforms.

Choudary thinks we need new use cases on platforms not satisfied by traditional institutions.

Networks that design new learning experiences and teacher supports are most likely to make great use of platforms in education.

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Gandal: Not All Industry Credentials Are Created Equal. Here Are 4 Steps for Figuring Out Which Are the Best for Student Success | The 74

Gandal: Not All Industry Credentials Are Created Equal. Here Are 4 Steps for Figuring Out Which Are the Best for Student Success | The 74 | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"Nearly every new job created today requires education or training beyond high school, though not necessarily a four-year degree. This new reality has sparked significant efforts to promote shorter-term certificates and industry credentials that can open doors to economic opportunity for less time and cost. But with thousands of these credentials available across industries, and very few mechanisms for deciphering which ones are valuable, how is it possible to determine which meet a high-quality threshold? Contributor Matt Gandal offers four suggestions from a new report for figuring out which alternate pathways provide the best value to students and the greatest opportunities for success in the 21st-century labor market."

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20 innovative edtech projects from around the world :: World Bank

20 innovative edtech projects from around the world :: World Bank | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
There is more happening, in more places, than ever before. A number of efforts have been informed (in good ways) by past failures. That said, others will no doubt attempt to 'reinvent the flat tire' and display a characteristic common to Einstein's definition of insanity: "doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results". Hopefully none of the groups profiled below will fall into that trap, but I suspect that a few of them might.

The list here, a mix of for-profit and non-profit initiatives, is deliberately idiosyncratic and non-representative (see the many caveats and explanations that follow below the list). Some of these projects are no doubt doomed to 'fail'; others will most likely be restructured more than once as they try, to borrow the words of Deng Xiaopeng, to "cross the river by feeling the stones". And maybe, just maybe, a few of them might actually turn out to be as 'transformative' as they hope to be. 
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Digital Authoritarianism Is Rising. Here's What That Means

Digital Authoritarianism Is Rising. Here's What That Means | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"This is the eighth year in a row that global digital freedom has declined, according to think tank Freedom House’s annual Freedom on the Net report. The report covered 65 countries that represent 87 percent of the world’s internet users; while the study found improvements in 19 countries,  it also found that 26 countries took a step backwards.

 

"The US was counted as one of the declining countries after the repeal of net neutrality rules, which ensure all internet traffic is treated equally, and reauthorization of the FISA Amendments Act, which permits the government to carry out widespread digital surveillance. But the most worrying trends identified in the report are the broadening efforts to monitor and manipulate public opinion online, and the increasing use of the specter of fake news as an excuse to stifle dissent."

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A little scary. Thanks to Jim Lerman. 

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Levers and Logic Models: A Framework to Guide Research and Design of High-Quality Competency-Based Education Systems

Levers and Logic Models: A Framework to Guide Research and Design of High-Quality Competency-Based Education Systems | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"Competency-based education, also referred to as mastery-based, proficiency-based or performance-based education, is a system of education designed to equitably ensure all students develop the success skills they will need for college, career and life. The phrase student success, used throughout this paper, refers to academic knowledge and skills, transferable skills such as collaboration, problem-solving, creativity, and lifelong learning skills.

 

"Competency-based education offers a foundation for personalized learning, shaping the culture, structure, and pedagogy, that allow students to play an active role in their learning and achieve this broader definition of success. Competency-based education is gaining momentum and visibility. Districts and schools turn to competency-based education for different reasons: to develop globally competitive graduates, to design schools that promote what is best for students, to achieve greater equity, to create a system of continuous improvement and learning, and to foster deeper learning. Furthermore, districts and schools are transitioning to competency-based education through different entry points and roll-out strategies, and they are in different stages of development within their local contexts.

 

"As a result, there is a significant variation in competency-based education across the country. To a degree, these differences can be traced to regional priorities and needs. However, many of the variations we see are generated by the depth of understanding of competency-based education and the breadth of implementation efforts. Leaders in the field share concern that these differences will lead to variations in quality, and that efforts to create competency-based systems will not, as a result, produce the desired outcomes for students or educators. Thus, as the number of districts and schools transitioning to competency-based education grows, so grows the concern about quality. And by extension, the concern about equity: if we do not implement competency-based education with quality, we have little reason to believe that it will achieve the goal of educational equity to which it aspires."

 

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I find this a meaningful report that offers well-developed ideas on why and how competency-based education can help address many of the shortcomings of K-12 educational practice.

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How Teachers Designed a School Centered On Caring Relationships | MindShift | KQED News

How Teachers Designed a School Centered On Caring Relationships | MindShift | KQED News | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"Roberto Vega has taught at schools all over Los Angeles, but when he came to Social Justice Humanitas Academy he knew he’d found something special. Everything about how the school is structured and run is done with the best interests of students in mind. He liked it so much he decided to pull his son out of a popular high school located on a college campus and send him to Humanitas....

 

"Listen on Apple PodcastsGoogle PlayNPR One or wherever you get your podcasts to hear what love sounds like in the hallways and classrooms of Social Justice Humanitas Academy, a school that’s getting results with kids who are often on the losing side of the achievement gap."

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