As noted Wednesday on EdWeek, I recently visited GPS Education Partners, a high school manufacturing apprenticeship-based program serving students in Southern Wisconsin. We invited the folks from Edvisions Schools and Jobs for the Future to join a conversation about alternative and competency-based learning. The experts listed eight key strategies


Last week I visited GPS Education Partners, a high school manufacturing apprenticeship-based program near Milwaukee. For more than a dozen years, with support from Generac and the Kern Family Foundation, the 21 month full time program has blended classroom studies with work in a manufacturing facility.


Fullan and Donnelly describe two powerful forces that are combining to create what they call the "swamp": "One is a relentless 'push' factor; the other is a prodigious and exponential 'pull' phenomenon


Project-based learning is a great way to engage students in interest-based activities but sometimes that's all it is. Good projects are deep not thin, rigorous not easy. Good schools help students' frame compelling questions and use standards-aligned rubric assessments.


A big city superintendent called last week and asked for recommendations for K-12 resources for teaching coding and computer science so we reached out to some folks in the know. Here's a summary of what we learned:


In the early 90s, charter schools were a novelty in a handful of states--a pressure release valve for a few brave edupreneurs. By 1999 there were about 1,500 charters and a few charter management organizations (CMO) were getting off the ground with help from NewSchools Venture Fund.


Tampa area districts serve more than 300,000 students but don't get much national attention.


Highlighting the support of most current and many former Republican governors, conservatives launched a website yesterday in support of Common Core State Standards (CCSS). The new resource, Conservatives for Higher Standards, makes the case for high common college- and career-ready expectations, sets the record straight on what the new standards are and provides resources for educators, parents and policy makers.


High performing organizations grow their own leaders. A lack of political stability makes that unusual in urban American education--but Hillsborough, Florida is a great exception.


Today NGLC announces 8 winners of $450,000 pre-opening grants and 30 winners of $100,000 planning grants. Proposals from the 38 grantees suggest 10 signs of where the blended universe is headed.


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