Proficiency-Based Learning

In practice, proficiency-based learning can take a wide variety of forms–there’s no universal approach! The following principles of proficiency-based learning describe the common features found in the most effective proficiency-based systems, and can therefore help teachers and schools learn how to best understand and utilize this method.  All learning expectations must be clearly and consistently communicated to students and families. This includes long-term expectations like graduation requirements and standards, short-term expectations like learning objectives for…

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Do’s and Don’ts for Group Work

Educators have learned much about the benefits of using projects for learning, and collaboration is easily recognized as an important skill for students to build. There are very few arguments against having students do group work together in class and on certain assignments. However, the challenge facing many educators lies in figuring out how to group students together in the most effective way. The following simple guide can help. 1) Do: Consider distance and access…

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SSAT Test Dates Have Been Released for 2018-2019

The SSAT test dates have been released for the 2018-2019 school year. 2018-2019 SSAT Test Schedule: October 13, 2018 November 10, 2018 December 8, 2018 January 5, 2019 February 2, 2019 March 2, 2019 April 27, 2019 June 8, 2019 Remember, it can be beneficial for your child to take the test multiple times. Read below about SSAT testing and scoring strategies: Will the school I’m in automatically receive my test scores? No. All score recipients,…

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What You Need to Know About the SSAT Test

What level of the SSAT test will my student need to take? Your student’s test level is automatically selected according to the grade you select at registration. Students listed in 3rd grade will take the 3rd grade Elementary level test. Students listed in 4th grade will take the 4th grade Elementary level test. Students listed in 5th, 6th, or 7th grade will take the Middle level test. Students listed in 8th, 9th, 10th, or 11th…

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What You Need to Know About the ISEE Test

How often may a student take the ISEE test? Students may register to take the ISEE up to three times in a 12-month admission cycle, once in any or all of three testing seasons. The seasons are Fall (August–November), Winter (December–March), and Spring/Summer (April–July). ISEE does not encourage multiple testing, but we do offer students and families that option. For which grades is the ISEE available? With the recent addition of the ISEE Primary for…

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Books to Help Students Engage with Math

Math is at play in every sphere of our lives, from recipes to internet security to the electoral college, but that reality can be difficult to make kids understand. They can get weighed down in the drills, static numbers, and strict rules that make up so much of K-12 math education. One way to bring the subject to life is through literature. Books connect students with their sense of wonder, imagination, and creativity. Here are…

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Project-Based Learning

Interest in project-based learning has been on the rise in recent years, and the practice can now be found in some form or another all over the United States. But while interest in projects is high, a deep understanding of what makes project work meaningful and impactful to students is less pervasive, largely due to a lack of understanding of what kinds of projects make for high-quality learning experiences. There’s certainly a danger in an…

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Challenging Self-Doubt

According to social scientists, a mindset based on self-doubt leads to two common coping mechanisms among children and young adults. The first is called “self-handicapping,” which is when students underperform as a way to shield themselves from the psychic consequence of working hard yet doing poorly. The other is “subjective overachievement,” which is taking heroic measures to guarantee a successful outcome, and attributing that success solely to effort. The overachieving variant of self-doubt is common…

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SAT/ACT Test Dates Released

Does your child need to take the SAT or ACT tests next year? The 2018/19 test dates have been released! SAT: August 25, 2018 October 6, 2018 November 3, 2018 December 1, 2018 March 9, 2019 May 4, 2019 June 1, 2019 ACT: September 8, 2018 October 27, 2018 December 8, 2018 February 9, 2019 April 13, 2019 June 8, 2019 July 13, 2019 Start Preparing Now! Make sure to check https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat and https://www.act.org for…

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Promoting Gender Equality in the Classroom

As young children begin to take notice of gender equality and the differences in social expectations for gender roles, the ways in which their teachers interact with them become more weighted. These interactions also create long-lasting effects in other areas of their lives, at times limiting their self-image and their perception of the opportunities that are available or appropriate for them. This trend is especially apparent in the shortage of women who pursue education and…

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