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

There appear to be six basic strategies for capturing engagement and initiating a learning cycle. These six engagement templates progress from instructor- and content-centric to learner-centric. Teachers might call these lesson plan templates, but with the expanding array of professional and informal learning this is an attempt to build a broader framework applicable to impact games, meetings, conference sessions, open resources, and professional development.

Elected officials, state board members, K-12 and higher education leaders gathered at Southern Utah University for a Joint Education Conference to talk system improvement and innovation. The discussions addressed five potential next steps including flexibility from time based systems, a transition to proficiency-based diplomas and anytime, anywhere learning.

Like students, educators deserve a clear map of what they need to know and be able to do, multiple ways to learn, and options for demonstrating mastery. In most cases we think progress will be marked with a stackable series of micro-credentials. A system of micro-credentials is how educators will be prepared and how they will be recognized for their professional learning.

In this podcast, Tom Vander Ark sits down with Jennifer Kabaker, director of educator micro-credentials at Digital Promise and Jason Lange, Bloomboard CEO, to talk specifics about what micro-credentials look like, how research can be used to support personalization of teacher development, and why this will impact the future of educator development.


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