Teacher helping students with a project
March 3, 2015
The Science of Tapping Teacher Insights to Build Learning Mindsets and Skills

Often when people talk about innovating in the education sector, they focus on ideas or solutions they want to import into classrooms. But what if the most effective innovations are already there?  What if the people who work day-to-day with students—teachers and administrators—are the ones designing, testing and sharing innovative practices?  How can we tap their wealth of knowledge to transform learning as it happens?These questions are at the heart of a promising new approach to identifying and scaling education innovations known as “improvement science.” Read More

March 2, 2015
A Note of Thanks to Youth Leaders

More than 200 young people from around Washington state gathered in Olympia on Friday to meet with elected officials and advocate for policies that directly affect their lives. Many related their experiences in the foster care system and some, such as members of The Mockingbird Society’s Youth Advocates Ending Homelessness (YAEH), will give voice to the thousands of youth in our state who unfortunately have experienced the crisis of homelessness.Read More

February 25, 2015
Growing Enthusiasm for “Rethinking How Students Succeed”

How Children Succeed, Paul Tough’s influential 2012 book, got people thinking about what we can do to help every child be successful, not only in school but in the face of life’s many challenges.  Tough’s argument that much of student success is driven by non-cognitive factors such as learning mindsets resonates with us and is borne out by the evidence. Read More