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August 16, 2012

RTT-District: Scaling Personalizing Innovations

Last week the Department issued the final guidance on Race to the Top District (RTT-D) competition. It's a big opportunity to improvement for underserved kids.

August 08, 2012

10 Things I'd Do Right Now as a High School Principal

At the Moorseville edtech conference (#Connection12 on Twitter) this week a Midwest high school principal serving about 700 students asked me for some advice on the shift to digital learning. Borrowing from advice to superintendents, here's 10 things I'd do right now as a high school principal.

July 26, 2012

NRC Report Highlights Importance of Deeper Learning

While the NRC definition of deeper learning purportedly shifts from "21st century skills" to broader "21st century competencies" including skills, knowledge, and expertise, the definition seems accurate - but a bit shallow.

July 24, 2012

Blended Case Study: Leadership Public Schools

Leadership Public Schools (LPS) is a network of four small high-poverty high schools in Richmond, Oakland, Hayward, and San Jose, California. These locations (and nearby Summit Prep and Downtown College Prep) are the best example of great high schools combining the historic benefits of small rigorous and supportive environments with the potential of incorporating personal digital learning.

July 21, 2012

Second $100k Hewlett Prize Takes on Short Answer Challenge

The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation is sponsoring the Automated Student Assessment Prize (ASAP) to improve the quality of student assessment in America and, as a result, increase the quantity and quality of student writing.

July 19, 2012

Free School Reforms in Sweden Boost Quality, Innovation, and Choice

Barbara Bergstrom takes a look at "free school reform" in Sweden and its effects on the classroom. She shares critical observations around quality and reputation, looking at the Swedish Knowledge Schools as a primary case study.

July 18, 2012

The Difference Between Improvement and Innovation

Improvement is doing things better. Innovation is doing things differently. Well-deployed technology enables both. Two bloggers missed these important distinctions this week.

July 17, 2012

The Education Response to the Opportunity Gap

Robert Putnam's data is really disturbing. The Harvard sociologist is at it again. Like Bowling Alone, Putnam's new data (discussed recently at the Aspen Ideas Festival) suggests the opportunity gap is widening. More than race and poverty, class and a lack of social mobility are widening gaps that reduce opportunity.

July 11, 2012

Ed-Tech Innovators: Get Results Now by Leveraging Great Teachers

We're excited about the prospects, but we all know it will take time for digital learning to transform education. Meanwhile, the effectiveness of teachers will continue to be the single most important school factor in student learning.

July 08, 2012

Q&A: Tim Knowles on Making Education an Evidence-Based Profession

It was a shocker when Tony Bryk announced that he was leaving University of Chicago for Stanford almost a decade ago. Bryk ran the best research shop the country--one known for making local observations with such clarity that they were always of national importance. UC turned Tim Knowles.

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