Kickboard’s October Classroom of the Month: Mrs. Wallace’s 2nd grade, ARISE Academy Elementary Charter School

Congratulations to Danielle Wallace, a second grade teacher at ARISE Academy Elementary Charter School and lead math planner for the ARISE Schools network. She is Kickboard’s first-ever Classroom of the Month. In a nomination sent in by her colleague, Danielle is “not only driving data and instruction at her school, but at the new school in [...]



Action Planning – Best Practices for Creating a Thriving Analytics Culture (4 of 4)

This is the final post in our series that highlights the best practices identified during the webinar “Create a Thriving Analytics Culture and Empower Teachers to Use Data in Daily Decision-Making”. The previous topics in the series include goal setting, making observations, and uncover and analyze the causes of the problem. Click here to sign-up [...]



Uncover and Analyze the Causes of the Problem – Best Practices for Creating a Thriving Analytics Culture (3 of 4)

This post is the third in a series that highlights the best practices identified during our webinar “Create a Thriving Analytics Culture and Empower Teachers to Use Data in Daily Decision-Making”. The first post covered goal setting and the second covered making observations. The final post will cover action planning. Click here to sign-up for [...]



A Frank Chat with Peter Gray, Author of “Free to Learn”

I recently had the great pleasure of chatting with Peter Gray, author of “Free to Learn”, a marvelous book about self-education. It is my great joy to recount to you, dear reader, our discussion: Self-Education in the Modern School There’s not an easy answer to that, the idea of self-education in schools nowadays. Schools are constructed [...]



Sandlots are Vanishing, Peter Gray’s “Free to Learn” Tells Us Why We Need Them Back

“The Sandlot”, the 1993 children’s movie which depicts kids in 1962 enjoying pickup baseball games wherein adults have no part, reaches back to a time when children had greater independence. The seldom seen adults of the movie are preoccupied with getting their kids out of the house and into play with other kids. It is hard to [...]



Making Observations from Data – Best Practices for Creating a Thriving Analytics Culture (2 of 4)

This post is the second in a series that highlights the best practices identified during our webinar “Create a Thriving Analytics Culture and Empower Teachers to Use Data in Daily Decision-Making,” which featured educators Kristen Morin of E. Greenwood Leadership Academy in Boston, Elizabeth Greene of Cohen College Prep in New Orleans, and Karina DiGirolamo [...]



Engaging Parents in School with Larry Ferlazzo

Featured in Daniel H. Pink’s “To Sell is Human”, Larry Ferlazzo promotes challenging students to do something they want to do and discourages forcing them to do what we want them to do. Here at Kickboard, we value insightful and creative ways to engage students. Larry has traveled the highways and byways of education for nine years and [...]



Goal Setting – Best Practices for Creating a Thriving Analytics Culture (Part 1 of 4)

Earlier this year, we hosted a webinar called “Create a Thriving Analytics Culture and Empower Teachers to Use Data in Daily Decision-Making.” The webinar featured best practices from three practitioners: Kristen Morin of E. Greenwood Leadership Academy in Boston (part of Boston Public Schools), Elizabeth Greene of Cohen College Prep in New Orleans (part of [...]




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