Category: News

Feb. 24, 2014

Transforming the Math Classroom With Flipped Instruction – An Interview with Stacey Roshan

In this episode, Alan speaks with Stacey Roshan, an AP Calculus and Algebra II teacher at Bullis School in Potomac, Maryland. Alan talks with Stacey about the transformation of her classroom to one that utilizes the flipped classroom model, after attending BLC in 2010. Using this model, Stacey has seen vast improvement in her students understanding of advanced math concepts. Her insights on how she got started, how she got her message out to parents and how she manages her class will be very valuable to those looking to make this shift.

Stacey will run a pre-conference master class and […]

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Feb. 17, 2014

Students Teaching Students Through Club Academia – An Interview with Shilpa Yarlagadda

In this episode of the November Learning Podcast Series, Alan speaks with Shilpa Yarlagadda, a current student at Gunn High School in Palo Alto, California, and founder of Club Academia. Alan and Shilpa discuss how Club Academia, a global resource of education material created for students and by students came to be. They also discuss how the work in Club Academia is highly valued by many students as well as how the Club Academia team ensures that their published work is of the highest quality.

Shilpa will be a keynote speaker and presenter at this year’s Building Learning Communities Conference, being held in Boston, Massachusetts in […]

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Feb. 9, 2014

Learn to Code; Code to Learn – An Interview with Dr. Mitch Resnick

In this episode of the November Learning Podcasts Series, Alan speaks with Dr. Mitch Resnick, Professor of Learning Research and Director of the Scratch Team at MIT. The two discuss why coding is such an important element to bring into the educational process, at all ages, and they exchange their ideas on why global publication through an online community add an important aspect into this online, coding tool. In the end, Dr. Resnick also shares an exciting announcement about upcoming developments.

Dr. Resnick and the Scratch team will lead a pre-conference master class at this year’s Building Learning Communities Conference, being held in Boston, Massachusetts […]

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Jan. 21, 2014

You’re Never Too Young to Go Global – An Interview with Kathy Cassidy

In this episode of the November Learning Podcast Series, Alan speaks with Kathy Cassidy, a first grade teacher in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, Canada. Since 2005, Kathy’s first grade classes have shared their learning with the world through a class blog. Kathy shares how this opportunity has expanded the boundaries of learning with classrooms around the world, and has helped her students become leaders in building online community. Additionally, Kathy shares the thoughtful process she uses in keeping her students safe as they share in this online environment.

Kathy will be a presenter at this year’s Building Learning Communities Conference, being held in Boston, Massachusetts in July. […]

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Dec. 7, 2013

The most successful students are those who feel real “ownership” of their education

Via a blog bost by Joshua Koen :

Thomas Friedman, in his Op Ed post in the New York Times,  Can’t We Do Better?, summarizes the results from “. . .the Program for International Student Assessment, or PISA, which compare how well 15-year-olds in 65 cities and countries can apply math, science and reading skills to solve real-world problems” as “. . .the most successful students are those who feel real ‘ownership‘ of their education. In all the best performing school systems, said Schleicher, ‘students feel they personally can make a difference in their own outcomes and that education will make a difference for their […]

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Feb. 21, 2013

New Article: Why Schools Must Move Beyond One-to-One Computing

As many schools and districts are now rushing to buy every student a digital device, our concern is that most one-to-one implementation strategies are based on the new tool as the focus of the program. Unless we break out of this limited vision that one-to-one computing is about the device, we are doomed to waste our resources.

In this article, Alan explains how a simple shift in language (one-to-world rather than one-to-one) can help jump start discussions that focus more heavily on teaching and learning, rather than on the devices themselves.

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Nov. 14, 2012

Talk to us! Favorite Twitter User, Common Core Resource or iOS Apps?

One of our new goals is to highlight a series of favorite things coming from our friends. Some of these favorite things include:
  • Favorite Twitter user or use of Twitter – We want to hear more than just about your best friend or someone who shares great resources. In this category, we are looking for educators and students who are using Twitter to go above and beyond in unique ways. We want to hear about those using Twitter to carry out authentic assignments and to work with global counterparts.
  • Favorite Common Core resource – As schools and districts make […]

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Oct. 31, 2012

Welcome to the New November Learning Website!

We’re excited to share our new space with you, so take a look around.

You’ll find the leading-edge news and inspiring stories that you’ve come to expect from our team of education leaders, plus more details about our professional development services, which provide the inspiration and knowledge to help educators and administrators enact important changes across the curriculum. In addition to our world-renowned keynote presentations, we are proud to offer Innovation Planning Partnerships, workshops, mini-conferences and mentoring. Which one is right for you? Explore our Services page and find out.

Our thought-provoking Resources area has been enhanced with even more impactful information, and reorganized for easier access to our transformational insights. […]

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Oct. 31, 2012

Building Learning Communities Conference – Registration is Now Open!

The early registration of our extraordinary annual BUILDING LEARNING COMMUNITIES 2018 CONFERENCE is now open! BLC 2018 is promises to be the premiere global event for bringing together the globe’s leading educators and innovators for transforming education in the 21st century. Find out more, register today, and then book your stay in Boston—this life-changing event sells out every year.

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Sep. 28, 2012

Transforming Geometry with Creativity, Depth, and Student Ownership

In this episode, Alan speaks to Jessica Caviness, geometry teacher at Coppell High School in Texas and winner of the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching . The two will discuss Jessica’s use of Twitter to engage her students in real-life applications of geometry. Supporting examples of this work can be found in a blog post titled Connecting Students to Geometry Through Twitter and an article titled How Twitter Can Be Used as a Powerful Educational Tool.

To learn more about this type of teaching and learning with Twitter, we invite you to Boston to attend our Building Learning Communities Summer Conference. More information on our conference is also available at

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