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May 09, 2014

Innovation Leadership

America is a country that has flourished based on innovation. The worlds of medicine, private industry, and nonprofits are now embracing innovation as a key to solving age-old problems. Unfortunately, the policy makers in education are creating an environment where leaders in the areas of greatest need—our cities—are being left behind.

April 24, 2014

Policymaking and Innovation Mindsets

About a week into my tenure as the director of the new Race to the Top program in 2009, I found myself enmeshed in policy conversations that were wholly unfamiliar to me. "I understand that you want to give states all this freedom to innovate," I was told, "but how are we going to prevent bad actors from doing harm?"

April 09, 2014

'Digital Leadership' a Must-Read for Educators at All Levels

"What am I prepared to do to improve all facets of my school?" This is the driving question in Digital Leadership: Changing Paradigms for Changing Times by Eric Sheninger, principal of New Milford High School in New Milford, New Jersey.

March 24, 2014

Barber on the Future of Education

The Massachusetts Business Alliance for Education commissioned the Brightlines team led by Sir Michael Barber to consider the future of education in Massachusetts. The New Opportunity to Lead is a comprehensive 120-page report that sets out an agenda for the next 20 years, beyond the Common Core and standards-based reform.

March 17, 2014

Mooresville Adopts Gateway Projects in Four Grades

The Mooresville Graded School District recently adopted requirements for four large scale multimedia projects in 3rd, 6th, 8th and 12th grade. Beginning next year, students would add products from these projects to their digital portfolio.

February 17, 2014

What Can We Learn From the Navy's Train to Qualification System?

To learn more about professional development in the military, we called Mike Mosley, head of Learning Standards Branch in the Naval Education and Training Command.

February 13, 2014

Leading with Teacher Innovation

The viral adoption of web and mobile learning tools, apps, and resources is probably the most important trend in education over the last three years—it's less discussed than the Common Core State Standards but has had a bigger impact on classroom practice. There are hundreds of thousands of teachers off and running, using the digital resources they can find and encouraging kids to do the same.

February 10, 2014

Julie Young to Begin Next Chapter of Online Learning Leadership

After 17 years at the helm of Florida Virtual School and 30 years as a Florida educator, Julie Young told the board and staff last week that she was retiring.

January 15, 2014

Smart Procurement

The good news is that the learning opportunity set is rapidly improving—devices are getting cheaper, learning systems are becoming adaptive, and new school models are blending the best of online and face-to-face instruction.

January 06, 2014

The Future: What 32 Ed Leaders Are Excited About

With two historic shifts under way simultaneously—the adoption of common college- and career-ready standards, and the shift to personalized digital learning—we asked 32 education leaders what they were excited about.

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