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December 09, 2013

Closing the Motivation Gap

Now that the world's knowledge is widely and freely available, why are we still so largely uneducated? Why are there still big employment skill gaps? Why is civic knowledge so low? Why is the wealth gap widening not shrinking?

December 02, 2013

Consortium Points the Way on Proficiency-Based Learning

David Ruff is the executive director of the Great Schools Partnership and coordinates the New England Secondary School Consortium (NESSC), a project of the Great Schools Partnership in Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont. He favors a proficiency-based education model.

November 18, 2013

Visions of Personalized Learning in Denver

Like the majority of public school districts in America, Denver Public Schools is rethinking the opportunity set and reshaping its vision of the desired future state. Despite producing the most rapid academic gains in the state, less than half of DPS graduate prepared for college and careers.

November 14, 2013

What Role Should States Play in the Shift to Personalized Learning?

New tools and school models present a historic opportunity to better prepare young people for college, careers, and citizenship. It's not unreasonable to think that we could double the percentage of well-prepared teens before the end of the decade.

October 23, 2013

Try This: 10 Things Every State Should Do Now

A state chief asked for a list of things that his state should try. With help from Eric Smith of Chiefs for Change, here's a list of the top ten list of things every state should do now:

October 14, 2013

10 Burning Questions About Innovations in Learning

In preparation for the 2014 ASU GSV Education Innovation Summit, Mike Moe and Deborah Quazzo invited a group of advisors to contemplate the burning questions about innovations in learning. We discussed 10 big questions.

August 07, 2013

Utah Personalizes Learning With Portable Records

In October, Digital Learning Now! published Data Backpacks: Portable Records & Learner Profiles. The paper makes the case for portable academic K-12 transcript that follows students grade to grade and school to school

August 02, 2013

Best Practices in Alternative & Competency-Based Learning

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

July 29, 2013

Navigating the Swamp With Michael Fullan

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

July 18, 2013

The Conservative Case for Higher Common Standards

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.

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