Katrina Schwartz

Katrina Schwartz is a journalist based in San Francisco. She's worked at KPCC public radio in LA and has reported, produced and blogged on health, climate change and local news for KQED in San Francisco.

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The One Room Schoolhouse Goes High Tech

The One Room Schoolhouse Goes High Tech

| April 17, 2014 | 2 Comments

A new school in San Francisco is combining the Silicon Valley startup model with progressive education tactics, creating classrooms as individual entities, using sensoring technologies to track kids’ progress, and building tech tools based on teacher requests.

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Taking Stock: Do MOOCs Work Best For Educated People?

Taking Stock: Do MOOCs Work Best For Educated People?

| April 16, 2014 | 1 Comment

Recent studies of MOOC completion rates and participation indicate that students with some college experience already do better.

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Creativity and the Brain: What We Can Learn From Jazz Musicians

Creativity and the Brain: What We Can Learn From Jazz Musicians

| April 11, 2014 | 20 Comments

Research on what’s happening in the brain when jazz musicians improvise is helping shed light on the neuroscience behind creativity.

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More Progressive Ways to Measure Deeper Level of Learning

More Progressive Ways to Measure Deeper Level of Learning

| April 9, 2014 | 5 Comments

How do we measure learning beyond knowledge of content? Finding that winning combination of criteria can prove to be a complicated and sometimes difficult process. Schools that are pushing boundaries are learning that it takes time, a lot of conversation, and a willingness to let students participate in that evaluation.

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Students Want More Alignment of Tech In and Out of School

Students Want More Alignment of Tech In and Out of School

| April 8, 2014 | 0 Comments

Project Tomorrow’s 2013 Speak Up survey of more than 325,000 students and 75,000 parents, teachers and administrators digs into how students and teachers are using technology in school and for learning outside of school, and comes up with some interesting insights about the pervasiveness of tech use. A quarter of students in grades 3-5 and […]

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Facing Race Issues In the Classroom: How To Connect With Students

Facing Race Issues In the Classroom: How To Connect With Students

| April 4, 2014 | 2 Comments

Students’ racial identities play a big part in how they approach classroom relationships and learning, and teachers can learn strategies to make all their students feel comfortable and capable of learning.

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7 Big Hurdles In Education and Ideas For Solving Them

7 Big Hurdles In Education and Ideas For Solving Them

| April 3, 2014 | 0 Comments

Seven challenges facing schools trying to shake up the education paradigm and solutions to push forward.

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Can Schools Be Held Accountable Without Standardized Tests?

Can Schools Be Held Accountable Without Standardized Tests?

| April 2, 2014 | 16 Comments

A Colorado school district is trying to prove to the state that its performance-based assessments of student learning work better than state standardized tests.

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What’s Your Learning Disposition? How to Foster Students’ Mindsets

What’s Your Learning Disposition? How to Foster Students’ Mindsets

| March 25, 2014 | 8 Comments

Stanford psychologist Carol Dweck’s work on growth mindsets has dominated much of the attention around how students can influence their own learning. But there are other ways to help students tap into their own motivation, too. Here are a few other important mindsets to consider.

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Are Today’s Parents Unintentionally Instilling a Culture of Fear?

Are Today’s Parents Unintentionally Instilling a Culture of Fear?

| March 22, 2014 | 3 Comments

In her provocative article “Hey! Parents, Leave Those Kids Alone,” writer Hanna Rosin documents the arc of child-rearing from the 1970s to today, making the case that parents are far too overprotective of their kids, unintentionally robbing them of importance of things like risk taking. She asks: “How did these fears come to have such […]

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