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Connections for Learning: Unifying the Social and Academic Curriculum in Minneapolis Public Schools 

In March 2013, the VIVA Minneapolis Teachers Idea Exchange invited 5,000 K–12th grade teachers and education support professionals working in Minneapolis public schools to share their perspectives and experiences about maintaining a successful learning culture while addressing behavioral and discipline issues in their classrooms. They were invited to share their ideas in response to this

Sensible Solutions for Safer Schools: An Educators’ Vision for Positive Learning Environments

On April 24, 2013, the members of the Writing Collaborative presented their ideas to NEA President Dennis Van Roekel and his senior staff, and to senior staff of U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. The VIVA NEA Idea Exchange invited all members of the National Education Association in Alabama, Colorado, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Ohio, Oregon,

Character 2.0: The Value of Taking a School-Wide View Toward Students’ Life-long Success

  Broadly, our advice comes in the form of five key recommendations: 1. Help Schools Define and Build Cultures that Develop Non-Cognitive Skills, Then Assess Those Skills 2. Establish Shared Vocabulary and Meaning that Fosters Character Development and Student Accountability from Preschool through High School and Beyond 3. Develop Students’ and Teachers’ Ability to Navigate in a

VIVA MET: Reflections from the Classroom – Measures of Effective Teaching Idea Exchange

On Feb. 14, 2013, the members of the Writing Collaborative presented their ideas to Vicki L. Phillips, Director of Education, College Ready, U.S. Program at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Download a copy of VIVA MET: Reflections from the Classroom – Measures of Effective Teaching Generally speaking, teachers are visionaries. They work with the

Public Education in a Global Economy: An Agenda for Massachusetts Public Schools

On June 23, 2012, members of the VIVA MTA Writing Collaborative presented their ideas to the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts Teachers Association. The process continued on Aug. 5, when the teachers presented a revised version of their report, incorporating suggestions from MTA Board members. Download a copy of “Public Education in a Global

VIVA ISEA Project – Re-Imagining School Leadership for the 21st Century

On December 8, 2012,  members of the VIVA ISEA Teachers Idea Exchange  presented their report Re-Imagining School Leadership for the 21st Century to the board of the Iowa State Education Association. On December 19, 2012,  they presented their ideas to members of Governor Brandstad’s administration. Download a copy of “Re-Imagining School Leadership for the 21st

VIVA Minnesota Project II – Strengthening Our Practice: A Classroom Teachers’ Approach to Evaluation

On October 26, 2012, members of VIVA Minnesota Teachers Idea Exchange II presented their report Strengthening Our Practice: A Classroom Teachers’ Approach to Evaluation to members of Governor Mark Dayton’s administration and the MDE Teacher Evaluation Work Group. Download a copy of “Strengthening Our Practice: A Classroom Teachers’ Approach to Evaluation.”

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VIVA Arizona Project – Arizona Charter Teachers’ Guide to Common Core Implementation: Advice From the Classroom

On Wednesday, June 13, members of the VIVA Arizona Charter Teachers Idea Exchange Writing Collaborative delivered their report, Arizona Charter Teachers Guide to Common Core Implementation: Advice from the Classroom, to Arizona Superintendent John Huppenthal and State Board President Jaime Molera. Teachers are significant stakeholders in the implementation of Common Core Standards and should be