Innovator Interviews: Four Questions for Principal Albert Sackey

Innovator Interviews: Four Questions for Principal Albert Sackey

Welcome to the Innovator Interview Series, where we ask educators to share their insights on the future of teaching and learning. In the inaugural interview, we speak to Dr. Albert Sackey, the principal of Nathan Hale Middle School in the Norwalk Public Schools district. Sackey was named Connecticut Association of

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Meet the Geeks: New Classrooms Fall 2017 Home Week

Meet the Geeks: New Classrooms Fall 2017 Home Week

At New Classrooms, the end of October isn’t just about dressing up in costumes for Halloween. Another cherished tradition is Home Week, a two-day, all-team conference that brings staff together from across the country.
During Home Week, our team participates in an engaging lineup of events, including interactive sessions, panel

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Recommended Reads: Personalized Homework and “Big Bets” on Innovation

Recommended Reads is a roundup of interesting news, articles, and insights curated by the team at New Classrooms. Sign up for our email updates and we’ll send these to your inbox each month. 
Is Homework Compatible With Personalized Learning?
A middle-school curriculum specialist in Tennessee asks, “What message does it

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Going From Neighbors to Roomies: Establishing a Positive Culture in a Shared Space

Going From Neighbors to Roomies: Establishing a Positive Culture in a Shared Space

When transitioning to personalized learning models such as Teach to One, one of the biggest shifts for teachers is going from being neighbors to roommates. In traditional classroom models, teachers typically teach their own students in their own classrooms. Now, we’re asking them to knock down their walls–literally and figuratively–and

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Taos Middle School Launches Personalized Learning with Innovation Grant

Taos Middle School Launches Personalized Learning with Innovation Grant

Amanda Martinez knew that she and her colleagues had to do things differently. For the math team at Taos Middle School in Taos, New Mexico, a one-size-fits-all approach wasn’t working for students, most of whom enter below grade level. Meeting their diverse learning needs would be crucial for developing lifelong

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Catalyzing STEM Innovation in New Jersey With Personalized Learning

Catalyzing STEM Innovation in New Jersey With Personalized Learning

Personalized, blended, and project-based learning are driving innovation in STEM education, according to a new report from JerseyCan that examined promising schools and best practices in New Jersey.
Among the schools recognized is Passaic Gifted and Talented (G&T) Academy School No. 20 and its exemplary personalized mathematics program. Using

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Partner Spotlight: Making the Move to Middle School

Partner Spotlight: Making the Move to Middle School

Achievers, Leaders, Innovators, Champions, and Scholars. These are Mendota Junior High School’s (MJH) visions for its students, and are reflected in its Teach to One: Math program.
The students are right out of elementary school, so much about this school year for them is different. Students making the move

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How Competency-Based Accountability Promotes Personalized Learning

Rick Hess, director of education policy studies at the American Enterprise Institute, recently caught up with New Classrooms Co-founder and CEO Joel Rose to talk about personalized learning and accountability systems. Below are a few excerpts from the interview, which you can read in full on EdWeek’s Straight Up blog.

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Collaborative Teaching Models at William P. Gray Elementary School

Collaborative Teaching Models at William P. Gray Elementary School

William P. Gray Elementary School in Chicago is starting its sixth year of Teach to One: Math (TTO). In that time, it has seen three different portals, a range of virtual vendors come and go, and over 2,000 students engaging in Teach to One: Math’s personalized learning model. Amid the

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