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July 05, 2016

The Nuts & Bolts of Opening A New School

As part of our series on opening great schools, here is advice from education experts who have opened many new schools on what to include on the final pre-opening checklist.

July 04, 2016

10 Lessons in Leading New School Development

We surveyed 20 experts and education leaders about the important aspects of new school development, and here are 10 leadership lessons they shared for successful new school development.

June 27, 2016

Get the Culture Right: The Most Important New School Factor

What's most important when opening a new school? I asked 20 experts and it's clear that getting the culture right is the single most important factor in the long term success of a school.

May 29, 2016

Visiting Schools: Transformative Professional Learning

Visiting schools in-person can give educators and edleaders a chance to experience the culture and context of innovative education in a way that words just can't convey.

March 28, 2016

To Leaderboard or Not: The Art of Motivating and Monitoring Performance

While school leaderboards can help focus on achievement and the commitment to transparency for all students to witness, do they actually produce positive effects for struggling students?

December 01, 2015

School Networks Scale Innovation

By matching design, technology, professional learning, networks can provide a short cut to coherence and performance. Networks providing relevant services at a competitive price continue to grow in size and impact. Networks like New Tech Network are growing by using a combination of three strategies.

November 30, 2015

Scaling Up: Give Money and Advice this #GivingTuesday

Ten tips for expanding the impact of a nonprofit organization and three basic scaling strategies: expand services, expand locations, or advocate for your solution. Despite inherent disadvantages of the nonprofit structure, there are big problems to solve and solutions that should be brought to scale.

October 08, 2015

Getting Smart Podcast | Leadership: Key Competencies for Whole-System Change

As longtime fans of both Lyle Kirtman and Michael Fullan, we had a chance to connect with them on their new book 'Leadership: Key Competencies for Whole-System Change' in this new episode of the Getting Smart podcast. Listen now for the promo code to get 30% off the book.

September 08, 2015

Utah Education Leaders Consider Competency

Elected officials, state board members, K-12 and higher education leaders gathered at Southern Utah University for a Joint Education Conference to talk system improvement and innovation. The discussions addressed five potential next steps including flexibility from time based systems, a transition to proficiency-based diplomas and anytime, anywhere learning.

August 12, 2015

Elected Board Urges Innovation in Denver

Denver Public Schools (DPS) is a district worth watching because they have the best and most aggressive elected school board in the country. The board is seeking to dramatically accelerate the progress they've made by investing more in what is working and embracing innovation. One way DPS is succeeding is by launching an internal innovation incubator.

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