Author: Joel Backon

Joel Backon has been the Editor of Intrepid Ed News since its inception in January 2021, responsible for all educator content on the website. He joined the OESIS Network, owner of Intrepid, in 2019 as Vice President. Joel spent much of his career at Choate Rosemary Hall (CT) where for 27 years he held founding roles in Information and Academic Technology, as well as being a classroom teacher, curriculum designer, coach, dorm head, and student adviser. Prior to Choate, Joel spent 15 years in the printing and publishing industry educating printers on how to maximize their strengths and minimize weaknesses. He has crusaded to achieve consensus on the question of why we educate kids in an effort to meet the learning needs of every student.

Leadership PD Lite

Articles: Institutional Disruption & Mission: Part I – The Fragility of School Missions | Ray Ravaglia What if we used Impact Portfolios as evidence of our potential? | Ben Freud Stranger

Student Feedback PD Lite

Student Feedback: Why is the quality and quantity of good feedback the gateway to great student learning? (Based on Using Feedback to Improve Learning) Articles: The Fundamentals of Feedback: Trust

Competency-Based Education PD Lite

Articles: Why Competency-Based Education: Making the Case | Devin Vodicka What Competencies Should We Assess? | Devin Vodicka How Should We Assess Competencies? | Devin Vodicka Competency-Based Key Moves: Beginning

Critical Thinking PD Lite

Articles The Critical Thinking Series, Part 1: What is Critical Thinking? | Augusta Moore The Critical Thinking Series, Part 2: What is Argument Mapping? | Augusta Moore The Critical Thinking