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July 28, 2020

Editor's note: Our “Unpacking” Series provides a deeper look into the ideas of transparency, one of JumpRope’s Core Values

Know where to go; know how to get there. This is very good advice for any journey, including the metaphorical journey of teaching and learning. I am increasingly aware, though, that knowing these things in the abstract is very different...

July 15, 2020

Editor's note: Our “Unpacking” Series provides a deeper look into the ideas of transparency, one of JumpRope’s Core Values

Since the US started its journey to standards-based teaching and learning, national organizations and states have created, adopted, and revised academic standards documents to outline what students should know and be able to do upon lea...

July 9, 2020

Editor's Note:  This post first ran in January 2020. We are reposting it now to launch the 2020-2021 school year with a new series. The content in this post is Part 1 in the series.

Our “Unpacking” Series provides a deeper look into the ideas of transparency, one of JumpRope’s Core Values.

At JumpRope and in the field of education in general, we talk a lot abo...

April 30, 2020

Anyone following education posts and articles the past couple of weeks has surely noticed that schools around the U.S. are considering making course grades pass/fail for the time that schools have moved to at-home, remote learning due to COVID-19. Understandably, schools are motivated to make such a change out of concern for issues of equity and how to best...

April 9, 2020

Right about now, in many places, teachers are a couple of weeks into teaching remotely and supporting students’ learning. They are finding a groove with how to make contact with their students, be it email, video conferencing, phones or safe-distanced visits to homes. They are figuring out how to get assignments or activities out to their whole class in an a...

January 29, 2020

At JumpRope and in the field of education in general, we talk a lot about transparency. To me transparency means providing an unobstructed view or clear access, no hidden surprises or secrets. It’s a good goal to aim for in schools and classrooms. In Visible LearningJohn Hattie helps us see that teacher clarity, a facet of transparency, is among the most e...

December 12, 2019

Last month we shared a look back and a look ahead for JumpRope. Jesse and Justin spent some time talking with me about what they see as deeply relevant in JumpRope’s past and how they envision that past shaping our future. They detailed some things they hold firmly to, like a commitment to making learning more meaningful for students, new product development...

November 8, 2019

As we step firmly into our second decade of being JumpRope, we thought it would be good to look back at where we’ve been and also look forward to where we are going. Jesse shared in our June blog post some major product-based changes. The next step is to rebuild our web applications for administrators, teachers, and students. Some of that has already happene...

May 24, 2019

As the 2018-19 school year comes to an end, I'd like to take some time to share our product plans and roadmap over the summer and into next school year.  I’m also excited to announce that we’ll be releasing brand new district-wide reporting tools to our customers next week! Read on to find out more.

I began writing the software that you know as JumpRope on my...

December 4, 2018

I believe firmly that we have a great deal to learn from careful consideration of history. The short history of the proficiency movement is no exception. In writing this fall series, I very quickly realized that some of the most useful thinking would come from those with lived experience. This final post is drawn completely from the dedicated conversations I...

November 27, 2018

In my last post, I shared that, the New England Secondary School Consortium tells us “College admissions staff members consider school profiles essential to the admissions process because these provide the necessary context to interpret and understand the academic accomplishments of individual students. A carefully constructed transcript is made much more po...

October 9, 2018

Districts and schools that choose to use a proficiency-based transcript for their college-bound students have nothing to fear. I encourage school board members, administrators, teachers, students, and parents to read the literature on proficiency-based transcripts as a way to help assuage concerns. I encourage the more tenacious readers (or those of you with...

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