With higher expectations, daunting challenges, and new technologies, it's a good time to start over. Creating new schools from scratch--particularly high schools--is a timely opportunity. The good news is that Next Generation Learning Challenges is accepting applications for "new, personalized, blended, mastery-based schools capable of generating dramatically higher outcomes for students." The $12 million grant program, funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, will "support educators, innovators, entrepreneurs, and forward-thinking policy makers who have a plan for a new school. "If we want to confront the equity issue, we need to help districts design high schools that build on the ...


"High-quality digital learning has the power to customize learning for each student's unique needs, ensuring an education that is challenging, engaging, and relevant," said Jeb Bush, former Florida governor and chairman of the Foundation for Excellence in Education (ExcelinEd).


So, asks the Smart Cities reader, why write about the disaster that is Detroit? Like New Orleans, Detroit families are beginning to benefit from the man-made disruption and corruption. The portfolio emerging from the disaster is worth watching.


The app explosion of the last two years is arguably the most notable education event of this new decade. The guy tracking that at Pearson is Juan Lopez-Valcarcel from Pearson's London office. We visited with his team at BETT in January and caught up with Juan last week. Here's the summary of our conversation.


Last Wednesday, we led a #SXSWedu conversation about funding and fund raising in education. Yesterday we discussed the investing side of the equation. Below we tried to quickly answer 15 questions we received at the end of the session.


Last Wednesday, we led a #SXSWedu conversation about funding and fund raising in education. The first of two blogs outlines the conversation we led on investing in innovation.


Austin is weird--and they work to keep it that way. Like Columbus (profiled last week), it's a college town and state capital--add a dose of music, sunshine, Tex-Mex and venture capital and you get Austin.


By Tom Vander Ark and Susan Patrick The system of education certification is badly out of date and benefits schools of education more than K-12 schools. The rise of blended and online learning has accelerated the obsolescence of traditional employment barriers. Forward leaning policy design efforts like Digital Learning Now! (DLN) recommend performance based certification that rewards demonstrated effectiveness. DLN also recommends professional development opportunities for online and blended learning teachers. Because most colleges of education are not preparing teachers or administrators to teach or lead in technology enriched classrooms, the Leading Edge Certification was developed by California educators. iNACOL ...


Much like Austin, SXSWedu kept it weird for the third annual conference. Weird in a good way. Suits traded in for boots and jeans. Typical presentations traded in for interactive discussions.


The Getting Smart team is live from Austin this week covering the SXSWedu conference. The event, in its third year expects up to 5,000 attendees this week, a large jump from the 800 its first year. We took a break from breakfast tacos for a first half recap.


The opinions expressed in Vander Ark on Innovation are strictly those of the author(s) and do not reflect the opinions or endorsement of Editorial Projects in Education, or any of its publications.

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