To realize its full potential, next gen learning needs to be happening in the places where young people face the greatest barriers to success, and where schools are just as likely to be part of the problem as the solution.

In the excitement of bringing in new talent--whether experienced educators from outside the organization or outstanding current teachers transitioning to school leadership positions--it's critical to remember that great leaders are made, not hired.

A number of leadership roles in a collaborative/networked view of education together create a culture for connections to flourish.

Can we actually design for an organizational culture or is it something that organically grows over time, in ways that cannot be architected?

There is real potential in the use of flex time to promote student agency; as a result, the team at Silicon SchoolsFund have begun to form hypotheses about what makes for a successful implementation.

For this edition of Friday Focus: Practitioner's Guide to Next Gen Learning, I observed teams in action and spoke to Liza Veto, program officer for Mass IDEAS, along with participants and coaches.

In order for all students to understand the increasingly complex world of work and develop the skills and dispositions necessary to successfully navigate multiple career changes in their lifetime, their learning pathways need to become more personalized. A key focus at Vista Unified School District is involving making such learning more equitable and accessible for all students.

One D.C. teacher designed and implemented a tech-driven blended learning model for his class--one that's self-paced and constructs a mastery-based approach to learning. lt has produced a highly personalized learning experience for his students, among other promising results.

Lucile Erwin Middle School hosted the sixth stop of Thompson School District's "Seeing is Believing" tour this year, which affords district staff and district partners an opportunity to see how schools are adapting under Thompson School District's push to personalized learning.

One way to create abundant value for education network participants is to examine and shape power dynamics, the patterns of connections, and other aspects of the network's structure and form.


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