Journalism Teacher's Classroom and Book Encourage Shooting for the Moon

For nearly 30 years, Esther Wojcicki taught journalism classes in a portable building at Palo Alto High School. Now students learn valuable skills from Wojcicki in a beautiful Media Arts Center. Her new book shares lessons from the program.


Its Time for Students to Own the Student Record: B2C LMS Companion

Secondary and postsecondary students should have cost-free access to a personal companion to the school's learning management system, a business to consumer (B2C) LMS that is a private portable profile. The B2C LMS companion would have goal-setting functionality, a cloud-based portfolio system, and links to social media.


The Gold Standard: The Swiss Vocational Education and Training System

Switzerland is a great example of a country where companies, government, and education focus on building career pathways in high-growth, high-demand occupational fields where young people can learn skills and earn credentials valued in the labor market.


Unlimited Potential For A Small Middle Grade Flex Program

Cicely Benoit and Aditi Rao are educators at Houston's most innovative school, A+ Unlimited Potential, a small, tuition-free middle school launched last year. Together they are personalizing learning experiences for their students using Edmodo, community field trips, and parental engagement strategies.


Ready For Scale? Host a City Competition

If your enterprise has had some success in one or two cities and you're benefiting from (rather than fighting) trends, it may be time to consider a city competition. Rather than writing more proposals, wouldn't it be great to have other people sending you proposals?


Four Strategies for Scaling a Successful Program

There are a dozen strategies for extending the impact of your school or program. Four basic scaling strategies for instructional programs include school operators, school developers, advocacy, and programming.


To Use Their Minds Well: BASIS

BASIS is a high touch model that puts a premium on teaching talent and demands sustained leadership around a common conception of aims and means. It's a special place where young people learn to use their minds well.


To Use Their Minds Well: Great Hearts

Great Hearts is a great example of a network of school communities animated by big ideas, powerful relationships, and great teaching. Serving over 9,500 students in 19 Arizona campuses, Great Hearts' goal is to graduate "great-hearted" young men and women who possess a sense of destiny and purpose that is directed to the service of the greater good.


How Learning Will Work in the Near Future: 12 Features of Next-Gen Platforms

Learning platforms will be foundational to the development and adoption of next-gen learning. Following are core elements of next-gen platforms, how platforms can develop into ecosystems, and investment mechanisms, and example initiatives for philanthropists who want to accelerate progress.


National Academy Foundation Launches Career-Ready Certificate

Over 30 years ago Citi CEO Sandy Weill launched the non-profit National Academy Foundation to boost high school graduation and career preparation. The movement has quietly grown to 667 career-focused high school academies serving 81,000 students in 38 states.


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