Three elements have served as the pillars of work for Grant-Beacon Middle School as they sought to change what learning looked liked for their students: blended learning, extended learning opportunities, and charter development. This southeast Denver middle school serves 460 students, predominantly of color, 85% live in/near poverty and 40% are English language learners.

As an open, cloud-based curriculum, what's different about LearnZillion? The teacher created curriculum is open and online with assessment and professional learning experiences created to support it. With the central premise being that core curriculum is driven by teachers.

From Machine Learning to competency-based models, low-cost options to guidance systems, education will change drastically in the next five years. In general, it's getting easier to learn anything anywhere and it's getting easier to create learning environments that work better for teachers and students. Here are 20 things that education will improve on by 2020.

Santa Ana Unified School District serves a high need southern California community with three important innovations. In this episode of the Getting Smart Podcast we talk with Santa Ana USD's Deputy Superintendent David Haglund about the forward-learning work of the district and the Advanced Learning Academy.

As longtime fans of both Lyle Kirtman and Michael Fullan, we had a chance to connect with them on their new book 'Leadership: Key Competencies for Whole-System Change' in this new episode of the Getting Smart podcast. Listen now for the promo code to get 30% off the book.

The recent OECD report reviewed results in developed countries and attempted inferences regarding the use of what they call information computer technology. It resulted in kneejerk headlines like, "don't bother buying computers for schools." Here is what the report says that the news didn't report.

Blending face-to-face and digital learning, the emerging vision suggests each learner should have a unique path and pace, progressing as they demonstrate mastery. Education Reimagined, outlines five elements of this emerging vision: Competency-based, personalization, learner agency, social embedding, and open-walled learning.

Located in between what a local school head called "up market apartments" in a converted five story office building in Johannesburg, SPARK Ferndale is an attractive and inviting facility on a tiny lot where every square meter is utilized. The first of four SPARK Schools serves 529 K-4 students in a flexible, blended model. Director of School Design Bailey Thomson was a Teach for America teacher at the original Rocketship school.

Corporate support for coding is growing. This is the story of Grant Smith, who worked in Silicon Valley and who is now creating curricula, strategies and processes for teaching coding in Phoenix and Park City. It's great that Silicon Valley funders are pouring millions of dollars into learning-to-code organizations but ongoing professional development and supports are still needed.

TEACH-NOW from the Educatore School of Education is an example of innovative, learn by doing, online teacher prep and certification program that provides an interactive collaborative and efficient certification option for next-gen educators. TEACH-NOW candidates come from all over the world, nearly 40% are international. Candidates can receive a master's in education research or globalization and international education

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