Performance contracting is a services agreement with clear outcomes. States and districts have been using performance contracts for public charter schools, private school special education placements, information and business services, and for energy efficiency partnerships.
Despite steady progress on achievement and graduation rates, big gaps remain. Earlier this month Ted Kolderie, Education Evolving, addressed state charter school leaders. He made six important points addressed in this blog.
Have you ever thought about bringing great education to the world's poorest neighborhoods? Now may be time. Bridge International Academies is expanding and Pearson is investing in the growth of similar networks across the developing world.
The Literacy Design Collaborative is a network of teachers and partners "building out a template-based approach to the literacy demands of college and the workplace, as defined by the Common Core State Standards." The concept is to give teachers tools (mostly offline but soon to be online) that enable them to transform the Common Core into classroom action by giving teacher the literacy resources to build student's college ready literacy skills through their existing content lens.
A Literacy Specialist in the Eden Prairie School District said, "I am thinking about the thousands of iPads being handed out to kids right now in districts around the Twin Cities and I'm curious to see what we will be able to do with them and to what degree we will be able to differentiate for our students."
We envision the math police acting in a similar fashion to the grammar police. They will be citizens who point out the poor use of math by others and will not tolerate people who joke about being bad at math. And just like the grammar police, they may be annoying at times. However, they will send the critical message that it is not okay to be bad at math in America.
The garlic capital is home of the top scoring new elementary school in California--Gilroy Prep. Veteran educators James Dent and Sharon Waller opened the charter school two years ago after visiting all the best schools and "reverse engineering from site visits."
For several months now, Tom Vander Ark has been issuing rich installments in his Smart Cities series, building a detailed map of where innovations in learning are happening. Here, we profile an organization connecting Smart Cities--the Cities for Education Entrepreneurship Trust (CEE-Trust)--and its work helping city-based organizations support the emergence of high-quality blended learning.
Not surprisingly, the biggest private employment sector in metro D.C. is defense and aerospace. But the nation's capital is also the most important confluence of online learning organizations on the planet.
"The combination of high school college counselors and industrial grade financial aid seems to be changing D.C. into a real college preparatory school district," said Bob Craves, one of the Costco founders who has devoted himself to running scholarship programs in Washington D.C. and Washington State.