Ready to Shake Things Up!

Angie’s TrueSchool Story By Angie Wittmus, TrueSchool State Lead Most people don’t know what they want to be when they grow up.  I was one of the lucky ones; I knew at six-years-old that I would be a teacher.  It was in Mrs. Samson’s first-grade class where I watched her work with groups of children […]

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MID-YEAR CASE STUDY: Wheeler Elementary School

CONTEXT The Wheeler team are educational leaders in a suburban community outside of Omaha, Nebraska. While Wheeler is one of the higher-performing schools in their cohort, they know that they cannot be complacent and that there is always more work to be done to achieve excellence for their students. They aim to serve as a […]

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MID-YEAR CASE STUDY: Trent Park Elementary School

    CONTEXT Principal Ashley Faulkenberry describes Trent Park as “a community school. My parents went there. My husband’s parents went here. One of our design team member’s children went here. This school is very respected by the community.” Trent Park was among the eastern North Carolina schools hit hard by Hurricane Florence in September […]

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MID-YEAR CASE STUDY: Walnut Creek Elementary School

  CONTEXT Administrator Kathy Rackley describes Walnut Creek as a “school with complex needs.” In her perspective, the “level of excitement and optimism” that her team has found in the TrueSchool Program is reinvigorating and reenergizing: “I’ve left both Studios filled with such excitement about the work our school is doing. It is not often […]

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Designing with students in mind

Julia Ciciora I first learned about the engineering design process in a class called IPRO (Interprofessional Projects Program) while doing my undergrad at the Illinois Institute of Technology. As a non-engineer major, I didn’t think much of it but did my part as a member of the two required interprofessional projects. The class required students […]

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VOTE TrueSchool for Tory Burch Foundation Fellowship!

VOTE TODAY!  The Tory Burch Foundation launched its inaugural Fellows Competition to select 10 entrepreneurs for a yearlong fellowship. Their mission is to empower women entrepreneurs to grow their businesses. Over 500 applicants from across the nation applied. TrueSchool Studio is one of thirty finalists selected to compete for mentorship and coaching for one year, funds […]

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“The Mirage” or The Dream? A discussion of what might be if we think boldly…

TNTP’s “The Mirage” sets out to identify bright spots of teacher growth to determine what type, frequency and delivery of teacher professional development yield the most improvement. Researchers identified “improvers,” as 19-30% of teachers in 95% of schools they surveyed and compared their experience to “non-improvers.”* Surprisingly, both groups had very similar levels of engagement […]

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“Build Better Edtech Products By Connecting Early And Often With Teachers”

Many edtech developers create what they believe is the best and brightest edtech solution only to find that teachers aren’t using it at the rates they expected – one of the reasons this can happen is when developers have not developed understanding of the teacher experience. Falkenthal of UP Global names the top reasons to […]

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“100 Schools Worth Visiting”

Tom Vander Ark has compiled 100 schools worth visiting across the US all the way from elementary and K-8 schools through high school. One of the most-prized association skills innovators possess is to see awesome ideas in other settings and fields and steal them to apply to a new context. This list provides lots of opportunities […]

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