Betting on a Better Counseling Approach for College and Careers

Low-income students deserve new solutions that empower them as informed consumers of postsecondary education and training options. There's tremendous potential for ed tech to help opportunity youth and other low-income learners make more informed decisions about postsecondary and career pathways.


New Study Shows Benefits of Visual, Game-Based Math

A WestEd study showed significant achievement gains from the use of visual, game-based ST Math in 129 California elementary schools. The blended-learning math program, developed by a southern California nonprofit, has more than 10 years of demonstrated results at scale.


New Classrooms' Blended Math Program Yields Big Gains for Struggling Students

Report on New Classrooms shows promising results from their blended learning Teach to One program. The impact on student outcomes, the remarkable benefits for teachers, and why the program is the best picture of personalized learning out there.


Ed-Tech Implementation Without Supports Cannot Stand

Successful implementation should start with a vision and a core focus that is aligned to a strategic plan with the ultimate goal of impacting student success. This involves bringing key stakeholders to the table who serve in vital roles to all areas of implementations, ensuring the blending of support.


How Smart Cities Develop Teachers and Leaders

How smart cities and a regional approach to talent development can share the load and create an ecosystem that continues to improve. And, how a blended and job-embedded approach to talent development creates the opportunity for personalized learning and ensures highly relevant support for real challenges.


New Open Content Partnership Will Save Schools Money, Boost Personalization

K-12 OER Collaborative, led by a group of eleven states and a group of nonprofit partners organized by The Learning Accelerator (TLA), announced their intent to sponsor development of comprehensive, high-quality, standards-aligned with K-12 mathematics and English language arts content.


Ten Ed-Tech Impact Opportunities

There's never been a better time to make a difference. Trends in learning, opportunities in different categories and new pathways in the shift from web to mobile are providing opportunities to create impact.


Twenty-Five Districts Worth Visiting

Twenty-five districts that are changing the trajectory by working on blended, personalized and competency-based learning. They are big and small, from urban and rural, east and west-representative of the American education challenge.


Rand Study Says Personalized Learning Boosts Academic Gains

A Gates Foundation funded report indicated that public charter school students are making greater gains in math and reading than similar students at comparable schools. Studied schools are also adopting similar practices such as personal learning paths, competency-based progression and flexible learning environments.


Elevating and Empowering World Language Teachers

A Getting Smart paper produced in partnership with Rosetta Stone, explores the potential of world language educators to lead the shift to school and district-wide blended, competency-based, deeper learning models. A follow-up to "The Next Generation of World Language Learning."


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