Giving the Gift of ‘Time’ Through Authentic and Purposeful Innovation

  I’m honored and excited to share this guest post written by Dr. Marc Bertrando, Superintendent of Schools for the Garnet Valley School District. Dr. Bertrando is entering his 27th year in public education. He began his career teaching 7th … Continued

How to Host Your First Twitter Chat

So a teacher from China, a Principal from Spain, a Headmaster from Praug, and an educational consultant from Texas walk into a bar…not quite sure what happened at the bar…however the 1 meeting that is more likely to happen than … Continued

​​Edit, Undo, Reflect

I’m excited to share this Guest Post Written by Becky McDowell in response to a discussion in our Innovative Teaching Academy #ITA17! Life-long learner and educator, Becky McDowell, grew up and landed her first teaching job in South Dakota – 8th … Continued

Put Simply, It’s About Purpose

This post started as an answer to the #ITA17 Week 7 Question: What strategies have you used (or plan on using) to implement technology with purpose?  Then just got away from me… When I first began using technology in the classroom … Continued

When Form Matching Function: Redesigning Our Learning Spaces

During the introduction for the Shark Tank pitch that was about to happen as part of our Summer Creative Problem Solving Academy, an incoming 6th grader (whose team was pitching a full redesign for an ELA classroom), began with the … Continued

Seeing the Forest Through the Trees and Saying Thanks

Sometimes it is easy to get lost in the day to day of the work we do…the grind. For the past few years, Garnet Valley has been working towards becoming a Future Ready School District.  This means continuously looking at … Continued

Digital Notebooks and Digital Portfolios in the Secondary Classroom #ITA17

Through discussions onFacebook this past week, many of you asked about students creating digital notebooks and/or portfolios The short answer is Yes!  There are a ton of platforms for our students to begin to shift to digital creation and curation … Continued

Investing in Our Teachers by #Go(-ing)Open

This is the value of the teacher, who looks at a face and says there’s something behind that and I want to reach that person, I want to influence that person, I want to encourage that person, I want to … Continued

The Creative Problem Solving Academy: Summer Remediation Done Differently

The Power of AND. Here at Garnet Valley we have bought into the power of AND.  With the deluge of data, testing, scores, growth measures, etc…it is easy to get caught teaching to the test. While we have heard time and … Continued

Building a Foundation for Short and Long Term Future Ready Success

“If you don’t know where you are going, you’ll end up someplace else.”― Yogi Berra Over the past 3+ years at Garnet Valley, our Superintendent Dr. Marc Bertrando signing the U.S. Department of Education’s Future Ready District Pledge put in … Continued

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