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September 21, 2015

Corporate Support for Coding

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.

June 10, 2015

Declara: Smart Natural Workflow Learning

Leading adaptive platforms like Fishtree and Realizeit, make it easy to create competency-based systems full of little assessment gateways that ensure progress based on demonstrated proficiency. Declara takes a very different approach to personalization, it auto-generates ontologies rather than relying on engineered sequences. Core features include content collections, curation, annotation and measures of content efficacy, and collaboration.

January 07, 2015

Next-Gen Learning in Brooklyn

In the heart of the Brooklyn Tech Triangle, Next Generation Learning Challenge grantee Brooklyn Laboratory Charter School (LAB) is personalizing learning for low-income students. Using their custom learning management system, the Brooklyn LAB team is generating actionable evidence that serves and informs both teaching and learning.

December 02, 2014

Ed-Tech Implementation Without Supports Cannot Stand

Successful implementation should start with a vision and a core focus that is aligned to a strategic plan with the ultimate goal of impacting student success. This involves bringing key stakeholders to the table who serve in vital roles to all areas of implementations, ensuring the blending of support.

November 06, 2014

Elevating and Empowering World Language Teachers

A Getting Smart paper produced in partnership with Rosetta Stone, explores the potential of world language educators to lead the shift to school and district-wide blended, competency-based, deeper learning models. A follow-up to "The Next Generation of World Language Learning."

November 05, 2014

Next-Gen Schools That Are Leading the Way

A new Getting Smart paper tells the stories of schools across the country that are dedicated to creating a next-gen learning environment that sets high expectations for college readiness, personalizes learning for all students, and is optimized for scale.

October 27, 2014

Twelve Reasons Every District Should Open a Flex School

Using a flex model, every community can afford to have a great high school. Here are 12 specific benefits of flex models that every district should consider.

October 23, 2014

On Promoting Efficacy: A Conversation with John Tweeddale

A discussion with Boston-based John Tweeddale, the senior vice president of efficacy and quality at Pearson. Learn about the company's customer-facing K-12 and higher education work in North America and how his team defines measurable outcomes for customers.

October 02, 2014

Leave Retention Behind in Favor of Promotion on Mastery

The pastor was livid, he was so mad he could hardly talk (and he's really good at talking). He had just come from a second day of school meeting that didn't go well. The day before, his son came home and told him that all of his friends were in a different math class and his class was using the same book as last year.

August 15, 2014

Leading the Shift to Digital: School, System & City

This shift to personal digital learning is inevitable; nearly all of our kids already live in the personal digital future. Combining organizational design, technology integration, and large-scale change management is challenging and complex, but it can be done.

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