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Leader. Visionary. Entrepreneur. Disruptor. Change Maker. Angela embodies each of these descriptors with passion, commitment and fierce determination.

A closer look at how Tract melds creation and contribution to student learning and agency.

School has always been thought of as preparation for college and careers.

But what if it were a time when students actually started making a difference in their community? What if young people had the chance to figure out what they’re interested in, what they’re good at, and how they could start making a contribution?

These are questions I have been pondering for decades. One of the challenges in answering them is the lack of spaces available for students to make contributions, grow their community…

Hello Friends!

I’m so excited that Clubhouse has finally come out with a new update that allows Android users on the platform! Now that there will probably be a lot of new people joining, I wanted to give you 5 tips to help you get started.

  1. Start by creating your profile: Add a picture, write a bio description, link your social media… This way, when you join rooms, people will be able to get to know you! The first three lines of your bio are the most important, so make them count.

This post was co-authored by Nora Moran, a student at Northern Highlands High School in New Jersey.

April 14th is Leaders for Literacy day, a movement started by the International Literacy Association in 2015 to bring attention to the plight of almost 800 million people worldwide who are illiterate.

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The movement invites authors from around the world hold discussions for advancing literacy and to tell the stories of those who cannot speak for themselves.

Literacy is a human right; a tool of personal empowerment and a means for social and human development. Educational opportunities depend on literacy.

Reading and writing…

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Clubhouse updated their app this past Sunday and there are some awesome new features I wanted to share with you!

  1. Invite people to your club: Want to share your club event with your friends, but they aren’t on the Clubhouse app yet? No problem! Now you can share a link with them that allows them to skip the waitlist, join your room, and join your club.
  2. Events on club pages: When you visit a club page, upcoming events for the club are now displayed right above the club’s “About” section! You can also swipe left to see more events.
  3. Higher…

Hi Friends,

You may have heard me or someone you know mention the social media app Clubhouse, and I am not going to be shy about how much I LOVE LOVE LOVE this space.

I want to make the case now for you. So here are the 10 things that I love the most.

10 Things to Love About Clubhouse: In No Particular Order

  1. Community: No matter what your interests are, Clubhouse has a community of people for you!

There are still a large number of folks who believe that Social Media is about the tools you choose and the content you create.

Champion Tweeters, Bloggers, and Network Leaders think differently. They spend their time on the social web and in their communities with a different behavior set, mindset and belief system. I call these Habitudes — as success is a combination of disciplined habit and battle hard attitude.

These “Social Media Habitudes” are what separate them from the rest of the pack. Their decisions about tools, techniques and trends are shaped and molded by their Habitudes.

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You have…

Schools have a standardized system and protocols in place for every aspect of student learning — except one: Schools have no system at all in place to teach students how to bring about change in the world.

Few, if any, schools offer a set of lessons and practices that guides students through the process of how to approach a problem, insist that change can happen and make it so.

If we believe that today’s students are society’s change agents, creators of innovations that will disrupt the status quo and transform our world, then we need our classrooms to be a…

There is no ONE way to define comprehension, but the past four decades have produced for us a substantial body of research on comprehension that exist inside the mind of proficient readers and learners.

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We can, with great confidence and conviction, state that proficient learners employ a variety of effective strategies to plan, manage and attain understanding. These cognitive strategies are flexible and must be consciously applied as learners navigate different text, genre, and contents.

The following seven strategies have received the strongest scientific support in promoting and sustaining comprehension.

• Using Schema to Make Connections

• Creating Sensory Images

Did you know great innovators formulate new ideas by making connections between observations, experiences, facts, history and feelings that on the surface do not seem related — but are — to uncover fresh, brilliant insights? You can do the same.

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A new book, RED THREAD THINKING: Weaving Together Connections for Brilliant Ideas and Profitable Innovation by Debra Kaye reveals how to activate your own knowledge and resources — what you already have at your fingertips — to make connections for big insights and smart, innovative ideas. …

For 30 years, I have been sharing a singular message: Everyone needs to know they matter. Human beings need to know they are significant in the lives of others. They also need to be noticed, valued, and honored. This is not an ego-driven “want” — it is a biologically-fed “need.”

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I launched Choose2Matter to help everyone embody these notions. Choose2Matter is a call action that challenges us to:

  • ACCEPT that we matter, and have a contribution to make to the world.
  • ACCELERATE the message that everyone matters.
  • ACT, by asking, “What matters most to me and why?; “What breaks my…

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