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.
For the last year, we've been working with Digital Learning Now! (DLN), a national campaign supported by ExcelinEd, to tackle eight big topics at the intersection of digital learning and the Common Core. Today we released the eighth paper in the DLN Smart Series -- "Online Learning: Myths, Reality & Promise."
On a 1999 whirlwind tour of all that appeared to be heading in a positive direction, I visited Providence, Rhode Island.
The shift from time to learning, from cohorts to competency, will be tough. It's not easy or superficial--it's a new and different way of organizing schools. It will probably take us a generation to fully embrace high common expectation, blended formats, and show what you know policies and practices.
Elementary schools have the opportunity to look vastly different in the future by including adaptive assessment and blended curriculum, along with many other key elements.