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July 29, 2015

10 Next Steps for EdLeaders: The Advanced Course

As we head to Atlanta to join Fulton County Schools in a leadership discussion, we identify 10 tips for superintendents and principals as they work to create next generation schools. For example EdLeaders should create a learner exchange vision, identify and share your theories, learn about new school models, embrace broader aims, create community engagements, model next-gen learning, personalize professional learning, and improve wellness.

July 27, 2015

Implementation Challenges on the Path to Personalization

There are several technical challenges to delivering on the promise of personalized learning including defining a standard student record, boosting interoperability, and combining multiple formative sources. However, there are additionally daunting implementation barriers related to school models, leadership and parents. Despite these challenges, personalization offers tremendous opportunities to boost achievement for both accelerated and struggling learners.

July 20, 2015

Naming the Theories in Use

While at #PS2015, a graduate student at BYU asked me, "What other theories are being applied in education?" That may be the best question of the year and one that every school and district leadership team should ask themselves. So, what theories are being applied to public education? Here's a few that appear to be at work.

July 15, 2015

What Should Be: 21 Questions About Learner Experience

Think of a student you care about. Think about the world they will inherit. What do you want them to know and be able to do? Now think about what their learner experience (LX) should be. Here's 20 questions that may help.

June 29, 2015

Success Takes Agency, Identity, and Competency

According to The University of Chicago Consortium on Chicago School Research, Young adult success requires agency, an integrated identity, and competencies. The report says, children need four qualities that parents, teachers, after school professionals and other adults can help shape: Self-regulation, knowledge and skills, mindsets, and values. A key problem, according to the report, is that disadvantaged youth often face extra challenges, including fewer opportunities for consistent, positive developmental experiences and relationships.

June 17, 2015

Next Generation Schools at Scale: 49 New NGLC Grantees

Next Generation Learning Challenges (NGLC), an initiative of Educause, announced today that, through six regional programs, 49 school teams received grants as part of a $25 million K­-12 initiative to create new and transformed secondary schools. This includes 29 new or redesigned K­-12 schools that will open this fall. When these regional fund schools open, there will be more than 100 schools serving 50,000 students with transformed teaching and learning models.

June 16, 2015

Nobody is Average, Every Student Deserves Personalized Learning

Todd Rose points out that no student is "average." School designs based on average destroy talent because advanced students aren't challenge and students with specific weaknesses don't have their strengths nurtured. Student-centered models and comprehensive learner profiles are addressing this with benefits for students that are customized.

June 08, 2015

Charter Schools Turn 24. What's Next?

This year the charter school movement turns 24. Currently more than 6,000 public charter schools serve 2.9 million students. Here's a look back at the last two dozen years, highlighting 10 noteworthy trends and developments.

May 26, 2015

Make End-of-Year Reflection Matter

Jason Lange, CEO and co-founder of Bloomboard, shares questions for principals and administrators to trigger conversations before the academic year ends, to keep staff engaged in creating the best learning environments. Feedback and the reflection process play an essential role in improvements for the following academic year.

May 18, 2015

The End of the Big Test: Moving to Competency-Based Policy

The use of assessment pilots and innovations zones where groups of schools apply and become authorized to operate alternative assessment systems will soon replace the frustration surrounding NCLB and end of year tests. Much has changed since NCLB was enacted, especially when it comes to assessment.

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