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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7 Big Hurdles In Education and Ideas For Solving Them

7 Big Hurdles In Education and Ideas For Solving Them

| April 3, 2014 | 2 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 | 19 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 | 14 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 | 4 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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Challenging Work Is Essential to Deep, Meaningful Learning

Challenging Work Is Essential to Deep, Meaningful Learning

| March 21, 2014 | 3 Comments

Pushing students to go beyond what they think they can do is at the core of good teaching. Challenging tasks keep students engaged and curious to learn more, driving their learning to new depths.

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The Science of Character: Developing Positive Learning Traits

The Science of Character: Developing Positive Learning Traits

| March 20, 2014 | 0 Comments

People can develop their characters with a little bit of attention to their innate positive qualities and staying attuned to those of others.

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A Teacher’s Perspective on Teens’ Complicated Online Lives

A Teacher’s Perspective on Teens’ Complicated Online Lives

| March 19, 2014 | 0 Comments

A teacher’s perspective on how to reach teens in an increasingly networked and online world.

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Strategies to Reach Every Student, Regardless of Language Barrier

Strategies to Reach Every Student, Regardless of Language Barrier

| March 19, 2014 | 6 Comments

Helping every student experience meaningful, deep learning is a constant challenge, in no small part because no two learners are alike. To reach students who are particularly challenged — whether because of their ability to speak English or some other reason — educators can find a way in by tapping into students’ interests and passion.

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For One African American Student, Coding Is the Path to Success

For One African American Student, Coding Is the Path to Success

| March 18, 2014 | 0 Comments

Students are “hacking” problems important to their everyday experience, like developing a simple app for women who feel harassed on the street.

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Why Letter Grades Just Don’t Cut It

Why Letter Grades Just Don’t Cut It

| March 17, 2014 | 6 Comments

Letter-grades fail at giving students specific information about how they are doing in class.

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