Why We Don’t Give Grades  (How Assessment Works at Long-View)

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Why We Don’t Give Grades (How Assessment Works at Long-View)

“Oh, we don’t give grades.”

It’s a remark that continues to raise eyebrows among parents and even educators. And understandably so: letter-grades are so entrenched in American schools as the measure of achievement that a school without them can seem lax or even negligent, as though it has no interest in assessing its learners’ progress.

But at Long-View, nothing could be further from the truth….

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Coding for the “Long-View”

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Coding for the “Long-View”

In the world of computer science the term “wireframing” is a common phrase widely used by programmers. Wireframing is a way to design a website at the structural level and is used to lay out content and functionality on a page which takes into account user needs and user journeys. Wireframes are used early in the development process to establish the basic structure of a page before visual design and content is added. A website wireframe, also known as a page schematic or screen blueprint, is a visual guide that represents the skeletal framework of a website.

So, what does that have to do with the learners at Long-View?


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The Micro School Advantage: Opening Remarks at the Innovation Panel at The Texas Education Summit

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The Micro School Advantage: Opening Remarks at the Innovation Panel at The Texas Education Summit

My colleagues and I started Long-View Micro School because we wanted school to be the most interesting part of a child’s life. We believed that to be possible. Long-View serves as the school home for 64 2nd – 8th graders who experience school as a place where they learn to think, a place where they can take initiative, a place where they have extended challenge, a place that opens them up to the fascinating parts of the world. 

Micro schools – if you aren’t familiar with that genre of schooling – are gaining attention nationally as a model that unbundles schooling and elevates academic excellence and innovation.

Micro schools are interesting because they are more nimble organizations that typically sit much further on the spectrum away from the industrial model of schooling: micro schools are changing how students are organized, how time is organized, how teachers work, and how the business of school is run….

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"Odd" Challenge in Computer Science

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"Odd" Challenge in Computer Science

Our learners in Navy Band and Auburn Band are learning to read, analyze, write, and debug Python programs. As part of their experience, the kids spend a significant portion of each Computer Science block creating programs to solve coding challenges.

Creating a program to solve a challenge often takes significant cognitive work. It isn’t just the syntax of Python that one needs to know….

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