reDesign Blog

February 19, 2019

Creatively Communicating Metacognition and Meaning Making: The Art of Visual Journaling for Learning

Back in July, Jon Altbergs wrote a post: 6 Ways to Use Drawing to Make Meaning. In it, he wrote about some simple activities that teachers across content areas could use to help students develop their visualization skills and make meaning of content...

January 10, 2019

A Friendly Introduction to the Competency-based Learning Cycle

Can you imagine walking into a library, in search of a particular book, to find the library has no classification system in place? Or what about arriving at the airport, passing through security, and discovering there are no flight information...

December 3, 2018

Organizing for a Learning-Centered Culture

Does your school, network or district recognize that Learning is Learning is Learning? When I first began working with reDesign’s Framework for Effective Instruction as a building-level administrator, it was a revelation. It was as though I...

October 25, 2018

Everything I Needed to Know About Teaching, I Learned from Black Women: Recommended Reading List

Early Influencers So, the title of this blog is not completely true. Still, the majority of this piece details why it may as well be true for me and why it should be for you, too. First though, in any discussion on what I know about teaching I’d...

August 28, 2018

Mastery Week 2018: Two Best Practices for Crafting Mastery Assessments

No matter what kind of system you teach in – assessment – knowing what your students know and are able to do – is essential to understanding what students are learning. In mastery-based systems, in particular, where the focus shifts from time-based...

July 10, 2018

6 Ways to Use Drawing to Make Meaning

Reflections on pedagogy that works for marginalized students. More than 15 years ago, Mike Schmoker’s “The ‘Crayola Curriculum’” appeared in Education Week.   In it, Schmoker laments the loss of opportunity in classrooms where students...