Author: Kelsey Cain

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Setting Goals: A Process of Practice
At Opportunity Education, our goal is not for students to simply “get an A,” but instead to strive toward the development of important skills, habits, and course-specific competencies, such as goal setting. ... Read More
Quest-Based Planning: Putting Theory into Practice
The Quest Forward principles, while broad in theory, give detailed guidance on how to create meaningful, transformative learning. They help quests transition from theory into practice; direct instruction into active, engaged learning;... Read More
Customizing the Classroom: Differentiation in Quest Forward Learning
We know it is not easy to create a flexible, differentiated learning experience for all students, but Quest Forward Mentors play an instrumental role in helping students set and achieve their goals. ... Read More
Shifting Gears: Putting Students in the Driver’s Seat
Personalized learning is the future—an education that is relevant, engaging, and authentic. This should be the expectation (not just the hope), and as mentors we can help make this shift possible.... Read More
5 Factors to Consider When Planning a Quest-Based Course
As with anything new, mentors should be thorough and thoughtful when introducing Quest Forward Learning into their students’ lives. Mentor facilitation and detailed planning will set students up for success throughout the entire... Read More
The Hands-Off Mentoring Approach
The role of a mentor in Quest Forward Learning can make or break a student’s learning progression. As a mentor, you bring to the table a unique combination of expertise and experience that is unlike any other mentor in your program,... Read More
Adopting Technology in the Classroom
Many teachers are reluctant to adopt technology in their classroom, because they worry about how it will distract the students and take away from the material being taught. However, we believe technology can revolutionize the... Read More
A Distinct Form of Mentoring and Instructing
Mentors in Quest Forward Learning are committed to facilitating learning, rather than just providing educational content, and it’s often unclear how instruction can fit into the mentoring approach. However, in reality, mentoring and... Read More
Our Vision For Mentoring
The Quest Forward Vision for Mentors describes how mentors can help young people grow and expand their academic, social, and personal skills.... Read More