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April 2018: While essential, closing the digital divide alone will not transform learning. We must also close the digital use divide by ensuring all students understand how to use technology as a tool to engage in creative, productive, life-long learning rather than simply consuming passive content. GO

Coding and Computer Science: Necessary Courses in 21st Century Schools

August 2016: Published by the Partnership for 21st Century Learning, Emily addresses the rising need for coding and computing skills. GO

Take Charge of Your Own PL This Summer!

June 2015Herding educators together for one-size-fits-all professional development often misses the mark of teachers’ real work, says Emily Vickery. Teachers now have tools to tailor their own professional learning “to maximize our growth.” Helpful resources included! GO

How Do We Close the Coding Opportunity Gap? 

October 2014: Learning to code and write programs is a new literacy – some would say as important as reading, writing, and math. But how do we close the opportunity gap between those who have access to digital literacy instruction and those who don’t? GO

Are You Hacking Your School’s Learning Spaces?

August 2014: What happens, wonders learning architect Emily Vickery, when schools rethink the use of space – “shifting from traditional approaches to an emphasis on participatory spaces that take advantage of learning research and digital technologies?GO

Teaching 2030: What We Must Do for Our Students and Our Public Schools – Now and in the Future

2011 – Emily, Co-author: In the raging controversy over how to fix the nation’s underperforming schools, the voices of America’s best teachers are seldom heard. Now, in a provocative book about the future of teaching and learning, 12 of America’s most accomplished classroom educators join a leading advocate for a 21st-century teaching profession to bring expert classroom know-how and fresh policy ideas to the school reform debate.

In Teaching 2030: What We Must Do for Our Students and Our Public Schools – Now and in the Future, they identify trends that will shape the learning experience of the next iGeneration and propose actions to guarantee that every student will have excellent teachers. Policymakers and the public, they say, must work with teachers to:

  • Create a richer learning experience for students and teachers, and better ways to measure school success;
  • Accelerate digital learning while reinventing brick and mortar schools as 24/7 support hubs for students and families;
  • Reimagine teaching as a well-paid career with many pathways, where teaching expertise is constantly spread;
  • Establish a leadership force of 600,000 “teacherpreneurs” — classroom experts who teach students regularly while also serving as teacher educators, researchers, community organizers, and trustees of their profession.

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Promoting Tolerance

October 2007: In Promoting Tolerance, published by EdTech Magazine, Emily shares her approach in recognizing implicit bias. As interactions among people from diverse backgrounds increase in local-to-global connections, so does the importance of nurturing empathy, tolerance and cultural awareness among students. One step in understanding how we interact with and perceive others is revealing the subconscious biases each of us holds. Students can do just that by using an online hidden bias assessment tool and creating multimedia projects.

Teaching Tolerance Magazine Article Series
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Emily spent nine days at Columbine during the 2003-2004 school year, leading up to the five-year anniversary of the shootings to share the school’s journey toward healing. Read her series of articles below.

Voices of Columbine

There’s No Lesson Plan for Tragedy

Holocaust Survivor Inspires Healing

Art Fosters Healing

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