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Author: Gerard Dawson, English & Journalism Teacher, Hightstown High School, New Jersey   Teaching students to self-reflect is important. It’s also challenging, especially if you’ve never fully realized the benefits of self-reflection for yourself. I always thought reflection was just an “add-on” or “bonus” activity that teachers asked me to do in school. It wasn’t […]

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A growth mindset as defined by Carol S. Dweck “is based on the belief that your basic qualities are things you can cultivate through your efforts, your strategies, and help from others.” So, what is the difference between a fixed mindset and a growth mindset? In a fixed mindset, it is believed that you have […]

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As we start a new year we reflect on all the successes, challenges, and happy times from the previous year. We set goals, make plans, and get ready to start the new year fresh and excited for all that is to come. We love hearing from our FreshGrade Champions and what they are excited about. […]

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Help parents engage in their child’s learning with a free printable handout of 17 parent conversation starters. We know that students perform better at school when their parents are actively involved in their education. Encouraging parents to comment on their child’s digital portfolio is a great way to reinforce learning and increase growth. Through ongoing […]

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We are excited to announce that FreshGrade was named a winner in the 2018 EdTech Digest Awards as the best personalized learning solution. The personalized learning category is part of the “Cool Tool” awards that recognize the most innovative and effective solutions to support teaching and learning. “The innovators, leaders, and trendsetters represented here are […]

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Busy week? We’re here to help. From teacher innovation to parent engagement, here are the stories we’ve been reading in the past seven days. Dr. Cederick Ellis talks to EdSurge about the four steps he took to catalyze change and support teacher innovation within a strict state accountability system. How do we bridge the cultural divide […]

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Busy week? We’re here to help. Here’s our roundup of top educational stories from the past seven days: “I believe that a continued emphasis and focus on effective integration of social-emotional learning is our greatest opportunity for improving school culture and climate,” says Melissa Jaggers, President, and CEO of Alignment Nashville. Read why she says SEL efforts […]

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Busy week? We’re here to help.Here’s our roundup of top educational stories from the past seven days: How do you help struggling students? It may seem counter-intuitive, but English teacher, Jennifer Bartell argues that self-directed learning is critical. Hamilton County School officials announced the pilot of four community school models this fall in Opportunity Zone schools. But […]

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Busy week? We’re here to help. Here’s our roundup of top educational stories from the past seven days: How can we bring project-based learning to life? Bob Lenz shares a new framework. A Virginia based Elementary school reveals what service-learning and global goals taught them (and their students) about promoting the greater good. How can we […]

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Busy week? We’re here to help. Here’s our roundup of top educational stories from the past seven days: The Washington Post examines whether parent-teacher organizations who raise massive amounts of money should be required to share it with other public schools in need. U.S. Congress rejects much of Betsy DeVos’ agenda in $1.3 trillion spending bill […]

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