ICSEI Underscores the Importance of Context, Community, and Capital

Several members of the CSC team attended the International Congress for School Effectiveness and Improvement (ICSEI) in Ottawa this week. We were ecstatic about the opportunity to share stories of the work we’ve been doing in Peru, and eager to hear about school improvement initiatives from other communities and countries.   On the ground, we […]

Textbooks Enrich Learning

Our Evaluations Director, Anita Sherwin-Hamer, submitted a Letter to the Editor of Professionally Speaking, and it was featured in the December edition! Take a look at her letter below and learn why she believes textbooks today are as important as ever in enriching student learning. I read with interest in the June issue about the history […]

5 Ways eLearning Can Change Your Classroom

Educators are constantly trying to find ways to make their learning environment more innovative and interesting for students. One way to get students engaged in learning is through eLearning tools. We live in a technology-abundant world where today’s students are surrounded by digital. From messaging friends to using apps to find directions, students are used […]

Working With Teacher Coaches at Innova Schools

I was one of the members of the CSC team who worked with Innova Schools on their Teacher Coaching project this year. After this experience, I can say without hesitation that the candidates chosen by Innova Schools to participate in the training were highly-committed, lifelong learners who embraced the opportunity to learn about coaching skills. […]

How Thinking-Based Learning Leads to Higher-Order Thinking

  I just returned from my fourth trip to Peru. I learn so much each time I work with educators there and this time was no exception.  I presented at two conferences, Adecopa IV Conferencia Annual de Directores de Escuelas del Peru and Adecopa VII Conferencia Internacional de Profesores. It was during these conferences that […]

How to Keep Kids Learning All Summer (and Year) Long

Growing up for many of us, summer holidays were a time for resting and preparing for the upcoming school year. While having a few months off for rest and relaxation might seem beneficial to students, it can actually have some serious consequences. so it is important that we don’t disengage children during this time. Engage […]

An Analog Approach to Gamification

  At SXSWedu I went to a lot of sessions. A lot of panels. A lot of meetups. I heard a bunch of great ideas and learned a ton of new things, which I’ve come to accept as par for the course at an education conference. But there was one session I wasn’t prepared for: an immersive […]

What is it to educate?

                        In February, 2016, I was asked to participate in a round table discussion at the International Congress of Educators in Lima, Peru. The topic of the discussion was “What is it to educate?” At first, I was overwhelmed at the thought of dealing […]

5 Innovative Ways to Build Positive Classroom Culture

From teaching three years in a public primary school and the previous two years in a private middle school, I’ve gotten the chance to spend time in two very different classroom environments.  I noticed that the main thing that really affected my students’ ability to connect not only with class content – but with each other and […]