May 2, 2018   |   By Dr. Ann Newman

Getting Ready to Engage, Embark, and Embrace the Journey with Competency-based Professional development.


This is a guest post written by Dr. Ann Newman, Director of Instruction at the School District of South Milwaukee. 


Take a moment to reflect on your cultural readiness.

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April 18, 2018   |   By Lucia Giacomantonio

Success Story: A Phased Approach to Implementing Micro-credentials


"If we are asking educators to provide differentiated and personalized learning experiences for students, it only makes sense that we help districts provide teachers with that same level of personalization in their professional learning.”

- Machel Mills,  Director of Professional Learning Systems,
Tennessee Department of Education

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March 6, 2018   |   By Lucia Giacomantonio

Is College Still Worth It? A TEDx Talk by Jason Lange, Co-founder of BloomBoard

Last month, BloomBoard Co-founder and President, Jason Lange, had the opportunity to speak at the TEDX Wilmington conference. The conference theme was Education Possible and brought together educators, students, parents, and other community members to explore the positive impact that education has on young minds as well as some areas in need of vast improvements.

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June 5, 2017   |   By Janet Larsen Roberts

Changing Mindsets: Dormancy May Lead to a Super Bloom

This post was written by Janet Larsen Roberts, a senior education consultant for the Knowledge Group and a cooperative learning teacher trainer and coach for Kagan Arabian Region. It was originally published on LinkedIn and the Knowledge Group blog at http://bit.ly/2qWV7ck.

A principal at an educational seminar made this comment, “Our teachers are lazy. They don’t want more training.” I think he’s dead wrong. Teachers may feel like they are stuck in a rut, but I believe that what appears to be a barren desert may actually be a super bloom waiting to happen.

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May 9, 2017   |   By Ray Huang

‘13 Reasons Why’ Your District Needs Suicide Prevention Training

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The hit Netflix series, ‘13 Reasons Why,’ is getting a lot of attention on how it irresponsibly romanticizes teen suicide. The series is about a high school student who leaves behind audio tapes for the 13 people she says contributed to her suicide. The show has been both praised and panned by viewers and has prompted discussion about depression, bullying and suicide.

The series has also prompted many schools to send home letters to parents to make them aware of the show and the sensitive subject matter. Schools have also addressed this among their staff, however talking about it is just the beginning.

Here are 13 reasons why your school or district needs a competency-based professional learning program on suicide awareness and prevention:

  1. Suicide is the second leading cause of death for ages 10-24.1
  2. More teenagers and young adults die from suicide than from cancer, heart disease, AIDS, birth defects, stroke, pneumonia, influenza, and chronic lung disease, combined.1
  3. Each day in our nation, there are an average of over 5,240 suicide attempts by young people grades 7-12.1
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