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The VariQuest Visual and Kinesthetic Learning Tools Blog contains resources on classroom ideas, lesson plans, industry news, events, and offers throughout education.

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Education Policy | STEM | Maker Movement | Featured Topics: Education Policy

Top 5 Ed Topics of 2015/16 School Year

By: Geena Maharaj
May 8th, 2016

The 2015/2016 school year was one for the books (an open-educational-resource book, that is). With the federal government embracing a rather laissez-faire approach toward education, with the student learning experience shedding its spectator skin for a more "doing" dermis, and with the virtual world continuing to grow in opportunities (for better or for worse), VariQuest has highlighted the top 5 topics in education.

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Education Policy | Featured Topics: Industry News and Trends | Featured Topics: Education Policy

Every Student Succeeds Act: What We Know Today

By: Geena Maharaj
February 23rd, 2016

The whole one-size-fits-all (OSFA) notion has never been my cup of tea. It's a rare occurence, but coming across the seemingly perfect maxi dress that turns out to be OSFA is a day-ruiner when you're barely tall enough to go on big kid roller coasters. Now take this cookie-cutter attempt to K12 education heights, and that's school years worth of day-ruiners for principals, educators, parents, students, the like.

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How to Write a Grant eBook

How to Write a Grant eBook

This helpful guide includes an explanation of the grant process, including a checklist (with samples!), and useful links and resources to find funding!

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Grade Level: Primary (PK-2) | Grade Level: Intermediate (3-6) | Featured Topics: Industry News and Trends | Featured Topics: Differentiated Instruction | Featured Topics: Education Policy | Featured Topics: Professional Development

NAESP 2015 Focus Track: Student Achievement Gaps

By: Margo Ensz
June 16th, 2015

The National Association for Elementary School Principals (NAESP)'s annual conference kicks off in two weeks in Long Beach, CA (June 30-July 2). Each year the conference, designed for educators on the "front lines," challenges leaders to think, what's next? Attendees can choose their conference focus from several tracks:

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Featured Topics: Education Policy | Featured Topics: Professional Development

EDTalks: A Hmong View of Public Education + Globally Competent Teaching

By: Margo Ensz
April 28th, 2015

On a chilly Monday in Minneapolis, two women shared their dynamic experiences in education to an at-capacity Icehouse, a unique venue for this month's EDTalks.

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Featured Topics: Education Policy | Featured Topics: Funding

Title I: 1965 to Today

By: Margo Ensz
January 20th, 2015

April 11, 1965. President Lyndon B. Johnson signs the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965:

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Academic Subject: STEM | Featured Topics: Common Core | Featured Topics: Education Policy

How does the Maker Movement "Fit" with Standards?

By: Margo Ensz
November 25th, 2014

“Although the Common Core and the Maker Movement grew from two very different places…both reflect a larger shift in how we think about teaching and learning, one that recognizes that rote testing isn’t going to prepare kids for the dynamic world ahead that will ask them to adapt to new technology and problems faster than we have ever had to.”    

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Academic Subject: Career & Technical Education | Featured Topics: Education Policy

Smart Snacks Requirements: What's the Impact?

By: Margo Ensz
November 20th, 2014

The United States Department of Agriculture continues its efforts to create a healthier generation with the introduction of "Smart Snacks in Schools" nutrition standards.

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Featured Topics: Differentiated Instruction | Featured Topics: Education Policy | Featured Topics: Student Engagement

What is the Maker Movement, & Why Should You Care?

By: Margo Ensz
September 15th, 2014

This post serves as an introduction to our newest series on the Maker Movement and it's impact and implications in education. Watch for more blog posts on the topic and a white paper in the coming weeks. 

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Featured Topics: Industry News and Trends | VariQuest Tools: Poster Maker 3600 | VariQuest Tools: Cutout Maker 1800 | Featured Topics: Education Policy

How NMA is Actively Closing the Achievement Gap

By: Margo Ensz
September 9th, 2014

 

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Featured Topics: Education Policy | Featured Topics: Student Engagement | Featured Topics: Professional Development

What Keeps Principals Up At Night: Determining Your School's Needs

By: Margo Ensz
July 21st, 2014

VariQuest's blog is open to educators across the country who are interested in sharing their ideas, stories and opinions with our network of teachers, administrators and more. If you have something you would like to share, please let us know! Email your ideas to variquest@variquest.com

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