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Schools of Thought (the Ascend blog)

Beyond No Excuses: a teacher’s view

When I read Steven Wilson’s blog post Beyond No Excuses: the promise of student agency, I immediately connected with his message on No Excuses schools. Having worked at one, his words caused me…

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Building a liberal arts curriculum, inspiring independent thinkers

Two years ago, we decided to do something highly unusual: completely overhaul our entire curriculum, from kindergarten to high school. The new Ascend curriculum would respond to the challenge of the Common Core…

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