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 non-profit National Academy Foundation (NAF) 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, including Washington DC and the US Virgin Islands.


Preparing for New Jobs: Two Next-Gen Career Centers

Carl Wunsche High School in Texas and Blue Valley Center for Advanced Professional Studies in Kansas, are two next gen high schools schools redefining the career center.


The Quest for an AA Degree in High School

Early college students have the opportunity to earn college credit, up to a full associate degree with their high school diploma. The innovative opportunity is working at Quest Early College-- last year over 70% of graduates left with a diploma from Lone Star College as well as Quest.


Six Things that Make Metro Great, but Different From Your Neighborhood High School

Last week while in Columbus I got to tour Metro Early College High School and Middle School. Here are six things worth sharing that make Metro a great example of next-gen schools.


Where is the Accountability in Education?

We must hold ourselves responsible for imposing accountability in education. Why we need credible evaluations and content and programs to show ability for renewed competition to improve the tools we give our teachers.


Next-Gen Learning in Brooklyn

In the heart of the Brooklyn Tech Triangle, Next Generation Learning Challenge grantee Brooklyn Laboratory Charter School (LAB) is personalizing learning for low-income students. Using their custom learning management system, the Brooklyn LAB team is generating actionable evidence that serves and informs both teaching and learning.


Experiencing Success at Work: High School Internships

There's no better way to earn job skills than on the job. A summary of notable high school internship programs, and given growing interest in high paying manufacturing jobs, a sample of pathway and internship programs in manufacturing.


New Staffing Structures Piloted in Nashville Schools

Innovative staffing strategies are being deployed by a group of districts including Nashville Public Schools. The effort is led by Public Impact, an organization identifying and testing strategies to extend the influence of great teachers and improve working conditions and learning opportunities for all educators.


Fostering an Innovation Mindset Online

In addition to knowledge and skills, research in the last five years suggests that mindset matters—for academic success today and for careers down the road. Mindset and big challenges help students appreciate the importance of effort, initiative, and collaboration.


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