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A New Start on Accountability

Three of my favorite policy analysts kicked off a blog series intended to prompt a productive dialogue around fixing school accountability systems (#TheNewAccountability). Paul Hill and Robin Lake, CRPE, and Michael Petrilli,Fordham Institute, are equity advocates that have advanced a portfolio of options approach to urban education


Time to Rewrite the Code, But How?

The shift to blended, personalized, and competency-based learning suggests a dramatic change in state education policy. Legislators at the NCSL Jobs Summit in San Jose last week recognized that their state education code is a patchwork of outdated provisions with a few recently won improvements. We discuss the 7 keys to education and employment outlined in Smart Cities. I suggested that states should plan to rewrite their education code. A couple veteran legislators pushed back and asked, "With all the competing pressures, how would that actually work today? Push or pull? There are two basic change mechanisms. Traditionally, promising practices ...


New Book Outlines 7 Keys to Smart Cities

New tools and schools make clear the potential for innovation. New ways to personalize learning, encourage more student agency, and extend the reach of great teachers signal the potential for step function improvement in outcomes (i.e., a much larger percentage of young people career and citizenship ready).


Master Teachers Share Blended Learning Tips on BetterLesson

In 2011, with over a million resources online, Alex Grodd and Erin Osborn, BetterLesson Co-Founders, noticed that a relatively small percentage of teachers accounted for a large percentage of all lessons downloaded on the curriculum sharing website. For the 300,000 teacher users, it was apparent that they were looking for quality more than quantity--most teachers prefer a couple of vetted links to 500 responses to a search.


Better than Prep: Experiencing Success In What's Next

Last week I suggested that more than readiness, high school students should actually experience success in what's next so they are able to plan next steps with knowledge and confidence. Reading with comprehension, writing with clarity, and versatility in problem solving are critically important skills and are assessed in classrooms and increasingly by state tests. But secondary education is a period where young people are beginning to understand who they are and what they could become.


BLENDED: A Conversation with Michael Horn & Heather Staker

Vander Ark reviews "BLENDED: Using Disruptive Innovation to Improve Schools" and discusses with authors Michael Horn and Heather Staker.


30 Attributes of Next-Gen Learning

By 2020 I'm confident the learning landscape will dramatically improve. Here are 10 successes, 10 LX attributes and 10 system attributes that will make up next gen learning.


Happy 80th Anniversary Communications Act: Time for a Rewrite

The Communications Act of 1934 still governs telecommunications in America and while updated periodically, it has not been modernized in 18 years. From phones to television to technology that hadn't previously existed, a lot has changed but dated regulations continue to view the communications sector in silos for distinct services.


Who Moved My Desk?

In a back to school meeting last week, a 5th year teacher had a "Who Moved My Cheese" moment over the loss of her desk due to a shift to blended learning.


21st Century Education: Not Just Relationships, But Also Partnerships and Personalization

Let's drop the debating and move to a more inclusive discussion on how relationships, partnerships, technology, and new strategic instructional models can make teaching and learning more effective and efficient for all.


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