Todd Rose points out that no student is "average." School designs based on average destroy talent because advanced students aren't challenge and students with specific weaknesses don't have their strengths nurtured. Student-centered models and comprehensive learner profiles are addressing this with benefits for students that are customized.


Leading adaptive platforms like Fishtree and Realizeit, make it easy to create competency-based systems full of little assessment gateways that ensure progress based on demonstrated proficiency. Declara takes a very different approach to personalization, it auto-generates ontologies rather than relying on engineered sequences. Core features include content collections, curation, annotation and measures of content efficacy, and collaboration.


This year the charter school movement turns 24. Currently more than 6,000 public charter schools serve 2.9 million students. Here's a look back at the last two dozen years, highlighting 10 noteworthy trends and developments.


Innovation is sustained by advocacy and policy, and that makes the role of state leadership and policy essential. In this blog we explore how governors, education chiefs, and policy makers should go about creating conditions that could help more young people develop critical think, communication, collaboration, creativity, and competitiveness.


Jason Lange, CEO and co-founder of Bloomboard, shares questions for principals and administrators to trigger conversations before the academic year ends, to keep staff engaged in creating the best learning environments. Feedback and the reflection process play an essential role in improvements for the following academic year.


For more students to experience powerful learning, we need to create development pathways that allow school and district leaders to benefit from the same blended, competency-based, and deeper learning experiences they seek to create for students.


The use of assessment pilots and innovations zones where groups of schools apply and become authorized to operate alternative assessment systems will soon replace the frustration surrounding NCLB and end of year tests. Much has changed since NCLB was enacted, especially when it comes to assessment.


Salt Lake City is becoming an EdTech hot spot. While it's still news to some well informed locals, EdTech companies, startups, schools and state policies have all taken innovative strides towards enhancing the learning environment for students. Many SLC leaders recently joined us at the Leonardo, a science, technology and art museum to discuss Smart Cities that Work for Everyone.


New learning tools and strategies have created the opportunity to quickly open "micro-schools" as a school-within-a-school or as low cost private schools. Varying in size, cost, philosophies, and operating models, they share a focus in personalization. Micro-schools have the potential to scale rapidly as school-within-a-school models and new schools.


Digital Learning Now's annual report evaluates state progress in advancing digital learning and high quality learning opportunities for all students. The report card evaluates state legislative and policy efforts regarding learning systems, quality online instruction, course access, school models, data privacy and more.


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