Making the most of the home stretch

NOTE - This post originally appeared on the Spark Learning blog Thinking back to my high school history teaching days, I don’t remember the final quarter of the year...

Deepening learning in schools, one project at a time

Wow, it’s been quiet around here on the CILD blog – not because we haven’t been busy, though. Reimagining teaching and learning with collaborators from across Virginia is...

The Power of Protocols

Look around at a typical PD session and you’ll often see laptops out with Facebook up, the guy working on his grocery list, and the blank, comatose stare...

CILD: Sparking Innovation

Last April, we held a screening of the documentary, Most Likely to Succeed at the School of Education. The opening scene of the film features a parent-teacher conference...

Small Hacks to Increase Student Voice

In an average school year, students spend about 1,260 hours in school. When we step back and consider it, all this time is spent in an environment in...

An Interview with Pedro Noguera

As we begin a new semester at CILD, we wanted to share with you a special interview with Dr. Pedro Noguera, Director for the Study of School Transformation...

Pre-service Teachers Skype with Project Based Learning Experts

What happens when you send a premier PBL expert some novice lesson plans and ask for advice? He gets up at zero-dark-thirty his time, 2,000 miles away, to...

Educator Spotlight: Jackie Chisam on bringing PBL into the traditional classroom

“I am a big believer that students learn from experience and exploring…They have to figure it out on their own.  It’s like a light bulb going on. They...

Developing a Designer’s Mindset: The Marshmallow Challenge

The excitement in the room was palpable. Bits of tape, string, and even remnants of raw spaghetti were strewn on the floor. There was the thrill of victory...

Welcoming Dr. Pamela Eddy as a CILD Faculty Fellow

We are excited to introduce Dr. Pamela Eddy as a CILD faculty fellow! Please join with us on congratulating Dr. Eddy on her new appointment. Dr. Eddy’s research addresses leadership as...