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Posted by: Hallie Preskill on 6/19/2013

This blog post is the second in a series focusing on a study of early learning success markers (indicators) for ages 0-8, supported by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. The full report, Markers that Matter: Developing Success Indicators in Early Learning and Education will be released later this summer. In May, FSG hosted a webinar where we shared some highlights of our work to research, synthesize and vet a set of early learning indicators. In this blog series,  we answer several questions posed by webinar participants.  You can see the webinar presentation, including the indicators and emerging themes, in the slides posted here (click on "Webinar Presentation").

Posted by: Hallie Preskill on 4/24/2012

 “Life is a learning experience, only if you learn.” ~Yogi Berra

I love this quote. Somehow, Yogi Berra’s words always seem to have a precious nugget of truth and insight embedded in them. What I take away from this quote is that of course, we all learn things every day – that’s part of being human. However, what we learn, how much we learn, and when we learn, matters. And, if we are not intentional about our learning, then we just might not learn what we need, when we need it, or how to use what we’ve learned.

Over the last few years, the topic of “learning” has become woven into the natural discourse in philanthropic organizations. One can hardly have a conversation with foundation staff without someone uttering the word “learning.” While this warms my heart, as someone who has studied, taught, written about, and tried to live a life dedicated to learning, I am concerned. I am concerned because while I hear a lot of talk about the value of learning, I do not see much evidence that organizations truly understand what it means to engage in and support intentional, planned, and mindful learning.

Posted by: Hallie Preskill on 9/20/2011

A number of years ago, I had the privilege of conducting a three-year evaluation of a new and promising educational reform effort called, The Saturn School of Tomorrow in St. Paul, Minnesota. It was touted as an innovative and transformational approach to education and was written up in Newsweek, Time Magazine, and several national newspapers. The school was an inspiration for the New American Schools Development Corporation competition and initiative in 1992, which was announced by former President George H.W. Bush when he visited the Saturn School.

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