Districts can't rely solely on graduation requirements and state test scores as a proxy for quality education aims and measures. Students and community members deserve a more compelling and complete set of goals and metrics. It remains challenging to describe the aims and measures of a rigorous well-rounded education. Here are some examples of schools and districts setting the bar beyond basic reading, writing, and math.


School district chief academic officers know how to build and run managed instruction regimes. But now they are either pivoting to blended learning or getting a lot of pressure to consider an update. We explore the difference between managed instruction and next generation learning, and share 10 elements of comprehensive solutions to the challenge of helping chief academic officers reframe their work.


Lisa Duty of The Learning Accelerator, a Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE) and Highlander Institute funding partner, outlines the Rhode Islands's commitment to a blended learning future. She describes how the state is developing its new five-year strategic plan that's engaging RIDE's Ambassador Design Team, a team of Rhode Islander educators, parents, students, and community members from diverse backgrounds.


Leadership demands broader goals, higher expectations, and blended environments are higher than ever but old practices and policies are leaving a preparation gap. Educators are wasting time and money on degrees that aren't as valuable or relevant as they should be. States have a great opportunity to create a better school leadership development system.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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