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President Donald Trump’s rescinding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) revokes American promise to nearly 800,000 young children.

New Teacher Center CEO Ellen Moir issued the following statement: Our country has been lauded as the ‘land of opportunity,’ where anyone can succeed if they just work hard enough. However, we know that this is not true. Those born into poverty, certain zip codes, or certain backgrounds all face barriers to reaching their full […]

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Beyond the right answer

How ‘Productive Struggle’ Builds Our Understanding By Kathleen Cushman, co-author, Belonging and Becoming (Harvard Education Press), and Wendy Baron, Chief Officer, Social and Emotional Learning, New Teacher Center  Somehow we recognize it immediately, the scene in this lesson about interior angles of a polygon, videotaped in an eighth-grade classroom somewhere in the United States. Over […]

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The Art and Science of Developing Student Agency

By Kathleen Cushman, co-author, Belonging and Becoming (Harvard Education Press), and Wendy Baron, Chief Officer, Social and Emotional Learning, New Teacher Center  Dreaming up a capstone project for his science class, Ryan Gallagher wanted something that would put his San Diego eighth-graders in the driver’s seat, as learners. “There’s this game,” he said with a […]

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Setting Personal Goals Fuels Academic Growth

By Kathleen Cushman, co-author, Belonging and Becoming (Harvard Education Press), and Wendy Baron, Chief Officer, Social and Emotional Learning, New Teacher Center  Born in the U.S. but raised in the Dominican Republic till the age of 9, Luis entered grade 4 in Springfield, MA without a word of English. It took him a year to […]

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Academic Feedback

The Secret Ingredient in Student Agency By Kathleen Cushman, co-author, Belonging and Becoming (Harvard Education Press), and Wendy Baron, Chief Officer, Social and Emotional Learning, New Teacher Center  No matter what we are trying to do well, every learner needs feedback. From soccer to singing, geometry to knitting, attending to what others notice about our […]

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Through Others’ Eyes

The Power of New Perspectives By Kathleen Cushman, co-author, Belonging and Becoming (Harvard Education Press), and Wendy Baron, Chief Officer, Social and Emotional Learning, New Teacher Center  For most of us, it’s quite natural to approach a situation from our own individual point of view. We routinely make sense of what we see, what we […]

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