Most Likely To Succeed: A Film About What School Could Be

With stubbornly high levels of young adult unemployment and underemployment, "Most Likely To Succeed" explores the broken bargain that diplomas equal employability. As a conversation starter, the movie is among the best edu-documentaries ever produced. The star of the film is High Tech High in San Diego, a place where teachers have the freedom to shape projects that culminate in public exhibitions.


Take A Judo Lesson, Leverage Trends To Make An Impact

Against the backdrop of black swan events, broken politics, and the increasing priority of initiative, here is a recap of relevant trends and judo instructions for impact investors and "edupreneurs" interested in leveraging some of those trends.


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.


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