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September 09, 2013

Midsize Innovators: Delivering Value at Scale

Startups get all the love on the blogs. With the slow demise of print, the big guys are negotiating the long uneven edu-version of the Innovator's Dilemma by cannibalizing existing revenue streams with converted or acquired digital product lines. In between, a handful of midsize companies are innovating and delivering value at scale.

September 06, 2013

Summit Denali

The innovative Bay Area school network is a pioneer in blended and competency based learning. CEO Diane Tavenner launched Summit Prep, the organization's flagship school, a decade ago. With each new school, Diane and her talented team continue to innovate on the secondary school model. Here's the ingredients of the current blend:

August 21, 2013

Redefining Success in K-8 Education

Eva Moskowitz opened Harlem Success Academy opened in 2006. With nine new schools opening in the next few weeks, Success Academy Charter Schools will have 22 New York City locations and will serve 7,000 students. It is clearly one of the three best K-8 school networks in the country and with plans to open 6 new elementaries, 3 new middle schools and their first high school in 2014.

July 31, 2013

Best Practices in Work-Based Learning

Last week I visited GPS Education Partners, a high school manufacturing apprenticeship-based program near Milwaukee. For more than a dozen years, with support from Generac and the Kern Family Foundation, the 21 month full time program has blended classroom studies with work in a manufacturing facility.

July 15, 2013

10 Signs From NGLC Winners

Today NGLC announces 8 winners of $450,000 pre-opening grants and 30 winners of $100,000 planning grants. Proposals from the 38 grantees suggest 10 signs of where the blended universe is headed.

June 03, 2013

Three Writing Products Selected For Fall Classroom Trials

After an extensive review process, three products that support writing instruction have been selected to participate in fall trials in seventh grade classrooms coast to coast -- Criterion from ETS, PEGWriting from Measurement Incorporated, and Pearson's WriteToLearn.

May 03, 2013

District Guide to Online Learning

Online learning can expand student (and staff) options, grow enrollment, and power blended learning. It shares many critical success factors with traditional education, but different enough that you need to do your homework and develop a good plan. Following is a 10 point district/network guide to online learning.

April 26, 2013

Pondering Urban High School Improvement

"We want people to be perplexed--to embrace the paradox of starting new schools," said Larry Rosenstock in the opening to the A+ Urban High School Summit in Denver Wednesday.

April 24, 2013

The High School Challenge: Improvement vs. Innovation

How to help more students graduate ready for college and careers? We're exploring the perennial question at the A+ Urban High School Summit in Denver.

April 17, 2013

30 Years Coming, The Revolution is Here

It took 30 years from the first shots of the American revolution to an operating constitution of these United States. Michael Moe, in his keynote at ASU/GSV Education Innovation Summit, noted that it has been 30 years since A Nation at Risk--and a lot has happened since then. It's clear that...

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