Art has the power…

When someone asks me why the arts are important to learning, I usually respond by describing my own experience in using the arts to excite learners. One such experience follows. Here is the scene: A narrow, windowless room in an urban middle school, with twelve desks and twelve teenage bodies that don’t quite fit sitting in them. Read More →

Innovation – Let’s Make Good Art: CTL 20th Anniversary Blog Series

Art by Sarah Almeda: CTL is marking its 20th anniversary with an education forum and celebration in September. In advance of that event, we wanted to begin the conversation on inventing the next 20 years of education in ways that transform teaching, learning and leadership. We’ve identified three inter-related themes necessary to the invention process: innovation, equity and systems change. Read More →

Questioning: Is Teaching a Science or an Art?

Obviously going into a unit or lesson without intentional planning is a recipe for disaster but what great teachers know is that in addition to great planning there is indeed an art to knowing just what question to ask and when. Some teachers come by this more naturally but we all grow through experience and practice as we become more perceptive to knowing just how much productive struggle to allow before our students shift into shutdown mode. Read More →

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