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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 →

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Systems Change: Seeking a Broader View of Family Engagement: CTL 20th Anniversary Blog Series

By Sharon Darling: An often overlooked strategy to achieve college and career readiness is family engagement that is focused on literacy development across generations. Meaningful interactions that bring parents and children together to work, play, read, and learn can lead to enhanced language, literacy, emotional, and cognitive development. Read More →

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Creating a Great School

What accounts for the lack of connection between our expectations and aspirations, and the reality of schooling for many students? For those of us who loved learning while in school, read voraciously and tackled reports and projects with enthusiasm, why are we unable to generate that same enthusiasm for the majority of our students? Read More →

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