Healthy learning ecosystems are critical for equity and opportunity. In a meeting with Missouri charter school leaders we discussed critical elements of learning ecosystems. Here are seven standout elements for creating environments, that are important when creating great schools, the best long term antidote to the cycle of poverty.

The most exciting aspect of personalized learning playlists is how easy it is to share or build them with colleagues anywhere in the world. Teachers gain opportunities to learn new approaches from others and be more productive by spending less time building and more time adapting and implementing. By giving students relevant learning activities and letting them choose which works best for them based on preference, learning style, and individual goals, students are motivated to take control of their own learning.

Digital learning is changing the world. It is connecting billions of young people to the idea economy. It is improving working conditions and career opportunities for educators. There are seven benefits of digital learning that are changing the opportunity set for teachers and three additional benefits that are proving to be game changers for educators.

HigherEd institutions will need to enable a bundled multi-provider experience (or risk becoming part-time providers), focus on employability skills and experiences, and take learner experience much more seriously. Here are 10 implications for HigherEd; some directly as a result of next-gen models, some resulting from next-gen policies, some from EdTech and consumer variables impacting both K-12 and HigherEd.

Written in past tense, 2020 Vision: A History of the Future is 440 pages of time travel into a best case scenario of how the next five years could be transformational for global learning. Organized around 10 signpost developments, each of the well designed chapters includes a problem statement and a list of solutions, profiles of GSV investees and sector leaders.

The National Center for Innovation in Education at the University of Kentucky, in partnership with NGLC, announced a new program of work called the Assessment for Learning Project. The project addresses three limitations of our current system: we don't measure enough of the right things, we don't measure in ways that enhance teaching and learning, and we don't engage educators.

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.


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