Teaching and Learning

5 Ways to Connect with Learners IRL (in real life) and remotely this fall
July 14, 2020
As we all begin to imagine what the fall will look like, one of the big questions in many of our minds is how to build relationships with learners in a world where remote learning is almost certain...
What is there to say when the world is out of control? A Student Guide to Writing a Personal Statement
April 22, 2020
As part of reDesign's #justonething effort to support (and not overwhelm!) educators during the COVID-19 pandemic, here is just one thing: a student-facing performance task guide, The Personal...
Teacher Growing Pains
May 31, 2019
Student accuses teacher of lying. Student is right. Nothing is done. Sounds like an event of a distant past? Nope. King Johnson’s recent note to his teacher this month reminds us, telling lies is not...
Driving Instruction with Culturally Relevant Pedagogy: CRP and the Competency-based Learning Cycle
May 1, 2019
In an October blog post, Everything I’ve Ever Needed to Know About Teaching, I Learned From Black Women: A Recommended Reading List, Akosua Lesesne highlighted the groundbreaking works of ten Black...
Design It Like It's Hot: Creating a High-Quality Inquiry Frame for a Unit of Study
March 1, 2019
Though strong in theory, Essential Questions often wander off into drab and uninspiring standards-land when writing them for a unit. How do we frame learning, right from the start, in a way that...
Creatively Communicating Metacognition and Meaning Making: The Art of Visual Journaling for Learning
February 19, 2019
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...
A Friendly Introduction to the Competency-based Learning Cycle
January 10, 2019
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...
Organizing for a Learning-Centered Culture
December 3, 2018
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...
Meet Angela, Our Equity-Driven, Empowering, and Transformative Educational Designer
May 29, 2018
Angela Stepancic has joined our team at reDesign after what has already been an impressive, revolutionary, and impactful career. In order to highlight her accomplishments and expertise, we connected...
What a Middle School Pen Pal Program Taught Me About Difficult Conversations
April 24, 2018
Our guest contributor, Catherine Epstein, highlights the power of a community that supports initiative, flexibility, and collaboration, and that honors human needs and humane values of empathy and...

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