Edutopia: Evidence-Based Practices and Strategies for K-12 Educators [web resource]
Funded by the George Lucas Educational Foundation, Edutopia is dedicated to transforming kindergarten through 12th-grade (K-12) education so all students can thrive in their studies, careers, and adult lives. Their focus is on the practices and programs that help students acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes, skills and beliefs to achieve their full potential.
Edutopia offers a range of resources to help educators implement the core strategies aimed at “empowering students to think critically, access and analyze information, creatively problem solve, work collaboratively, and communicate with clarity and impact.”
Effective assessment should measure the full range of student ability — social, emotional, and academic achievement. Through various measures, including portfolios, presentations, and tests, multiple learning styles are supported.
To increase engagement and retention, academic subjects are presented in an interdisciplinary fashion that reflects modern knowledge and society. For instance history, literature, and art can be interwoven and taught through text, images, and sound.
Long term and student centered, project learning is a rigorous hands-on approach to learning core subject matter and basic skills with meaningful activities that examine complex, real-world issues. Project learning helps students develop and retain useful, working knowledge of subjects that are often taught in isolation and abstraction.
Social and Emotional Learning
When students work together on project teams, they learn to collaborate, communicate, and resolve conflicts. Cooperative learning and character development supports the social and emotional development of students and prepares them for success in the modern workplace.
The human touch is the most valuable element in education. Teachers, administrators, and parents play critical roles in coaching and guiding students through the learning process, nurturing students’ interests and confidence as learners.
Through the intelligent use of technology, combined with new approaches to education, a more personalized style of learning can be realized.
Also see Edutopia’s videos that exemplify the strategies and showcase evidence-based learning practices in K-12 schools.
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