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January 04, 2013

Supporting High Access Environments

When I visit with superintendents, principals, teachers, and school board members, I always ask them what they are worried about. With plans for high-access environments, tech support is on everybody's list. So, I called Keith Krueger and Denise Shorey from CoSN.

January 02, 2013

Ed.gov Advocates for New Approaches to Capturing Evidence

Expanding Evidence Approaches for Learning in a Digital World is a new report from the EdTech Office at the Department of Education. "The report discusses the promise of sophisticated digital learning systems for collecting and analyzing very large amounts of fine-grained data ("big data") as users interact with the systems," said Karen Cator, the outgoing EdTech Director.

December 21, 2012

21 Months (and Counting) to Online Assessments

2012 is quickly drawing to a close. When the calendar page flips to 2013 in just a couple of weeks, we suspect that the 2014 implementation of the next generation of online assessments is suddenly going to feel much closer. That realization is sure to provoke a wave of high blood pressure fanning out across the land. But - have no fear - the new DLN Smart Series white paper is here!

December 19, 2012

Blended Learning Decision: Enterprise or Portfolio

For many districts, the most important strategy decision will be whether to build a common district plan or encouraging schools to develop their own plans.

December 18, 2012

Good Schools Start With Good Goals

Good schools start with good goals. I really like the goal statements from Danville Schools, a small district south of Lexington.

December 05, 2012

Four Strategies in Four Years that Will Transform a Community Forever

Annually, for more than 45 years, the city of Reynoldsburg, Ohio has celebrated the Tomato Festival-- a nod to its heritage as the birthplace of the commercial tomato. This middle-America town also boasts one other claim to fame: A so-called "traditional" LEA, namely Reynoldsburg City Schools (RCS), which is poised to be a breakout star among serious implementers of thoroughly re-engineered conceptions of learning and schooling.

November 28, 2012

Teachers Should Have the Option of Working in Teacher-Led Schools

MNCS teachers had formed a co-op and applied for a charter and operated with full autonomy. I announced that it was "the coolest school in America."

November 27, 2012

Will Common Core State Standards Accelerate or Slow Innovation?

Some friends are working on a paper on the topic of common standards and innovation. The primary question is how and whether the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) will accelerate or slow innovation.

November 21, 2012

Answers For & Lessons From Critics of Competency-Based Learning

I'm trying to square two things that happened last week. The Nellie Mae Foundation issued a great report called Making Mastery Work: A Close Up View of Competency Education (MMW), a visit to 11 cool schools.

November 20, 2012

Top 10 Questions to Ask Common Core Vendors

The implementation of Common Core State Standards is intended to create change in our nation's public education system ... not put change in the pockets of the American publishing industry.

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