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December 11, 2013

Next-Gen Advisory: 10 Keys to College & Career Readiness

College and career readiness means a lot more than passing a community college entrance exam (although that is the minimum bar for all kids). It requires a set of deeper learning experiences that result in the knowledge, skills and dispositions young people will need to succeed.

December 04, 2013

Stock Market and Real Estate Boom: What It Means for Education

The stock market is at record highs these days. The Dow crossed 16,000 two weeks ago and the NASDAQ reached 4,000 this week. Consumer confidence is up and tax receipts have recovered to 2008 levels.

November 27, 2013

38 Elementary and Middle Schools Worth Visiting

Recently we highlighted "35 High Schools Worth Visiting." That led to a request for a similar compilation of inspiring elementary and middle schools. Far from exhaustive, our list includes schools that achieve extraordinary results, create powerful learning experiences, and/or have created innovative technology blends.

November 20, 2013

Breathing Life into Urban Ed with Blended Learning

As a big believer in the potential of blended learning to personalize instruction, I'm always excited to hear about schools shifting to blended learning. As a big believer in education as the most important social justice issue of our time, I get even more excited when these schools bring personalized, blended learning to traditionally-underserved student populations

November 13, 2013

35 High Schools Worth Visiting

Last year we published a list of 14 high schools worth visiting. We've visited and profiled some great new schools this year so it was time to update our list. Following are 35 schools that personalize and blend learning; they challenge students with real work and ask them to show what they know. Time to hit the road!

November 08, 2013

Why We Need 4.0 Schools In Every City

The shift to Common Core and digital learning is a great opportunity but it will also take an ecosystem of creative capacity. That's why high on my recent list of 10 Things Every State Should Do Now was "support an incubator like 4.0 Schools."

November 01, 2013

Engagement and Employability Driving Next-Gen Platforms

It's still harder than it should be to create an effective sequence of learning experiences in K-12, postsecondary or organizational training. Owing to underinvestment and weak demand articulation, learning management systems (LMS) are at least five years behind the growing demand for engaging, learner-centered, competency-based experiences that result in employment (and other favorable outcomes).

October 21, 2013

CityBridge is Changing the School Landscape in DC

The combination of energized knowledgeable teacher leaders and a grant program supporting new school development will change the K-12 landscape in Washington D.C.

October 04, 2013

The ASD Catapults Schools to the Top in Tennessee

The Achievement School District was created to "catapult the bottom 5% of schools in Tennessee straight to the top 25% in the state." Like the Louisiana RSD and the Michigan EAA, the Tennessee ASD is the state turnaround district and it's posting promising results. The ASD seeks to "dramatically expand our students' life and career options, engage parents and community members in new and exciting ways, and ensure a bright future for the state of Tennessee."

September 26, 2013

Building Buzz in Detroit

The Education Achievement Authority (EAA) is Michigan's school improvement district (like the LA RSD and TN ASD). It operates 12 schools in Detroit and has partnered with School Improvement Network to develop a student-centered competency-based school model.

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