Guest blog series - Reconciling standards- and data-driven accountability with 21st century skills

In August I put out the call for guest bloggers on the topic of Reconciling standards- and data-driven accountability with the '21st century skills' movement. I had a number of people volunteer to take on the issue (enough for two per day!). Next week we'll see what they have to say...


  • Monday, September 20 - Shawn Cornally & Aaron Eyler
  • Tuesday, September 21 - Jason Klein & Karen Szymusiak
  • Wednesday, September 22 - Kyle Pace & Tony VonBank
  • Thursday, September 23 - Carl Anderson & Dave Cormier
  • Friday, September 24 - Joe Bower & Dan McGuire
  • Saturday, September 25 - Matt Landahl & Tyler Rice
  • Sunday, September 26 - Richard Kassissieh & Andrew Smith
  • I know these will spark some great conversations. Happy reading (in advance)!

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    • Even in America, books are frequently challenged and removed from schools and public libraries.
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    • The Supreme Court will decide whether the Civil Rights Act of 1964 also applies to gay and transgender people.
    • The court, which currently has a probable conservative majority, will likely decide on the cases in 2020.
    • Only 21 states and the District of Columbia have passed laws effectively extending the Civil Rights of 1964 to gay and transgender people.
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