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February 19, 2013

Writing Across the Curriculum With The Literacy Design Collaborative

The Literacy Design Collaborative is a network of teachers and partners "building out a template-based approach to the literacy demands of college and the workplace, as defined by the Common Core State Standards." The concept is to give teachers tools (mostly offline but soon to be online) that enable them to transform the Common Core into classroom action by giving teacher the literacy resources to build student's college ready literacy skills through their existing content lens.

February 14, 2013

Why We Need The Math Police

We envision the math police acting in a similar fashion to the grammar police. They will be citizens who point out the poor use of math by others and will not tolerate people who joke about being bad at math. And just like the grammar police, they may be annoying at times. However, they will send the critical message that it is not okay to be bad at math in America.

February 08, 2013

It's Time to Separate Facilities From Operations

The way we build, manage and maintain public school buildings is inefficient and exacerbates some of the biggest challenge in public education. With the recent growth of the public charter school sector, the rise of tech-infused learning models, and the migration of student populations across options and geographies, it's time for us to rethink the relationship between learning programs and public facilities. It's time to decouple the delivery and the ownership of school buildings.

January 29, 2013

The MOOC Goes to High School

Last summer when Reynoldsburg City Schools connected with Udacity, the elite provider of free university-level education, it envisioned a new model for learning with Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) that would come to life during, not after high school.

January 18, 2013

Next-Gen Models Break New Ground, Promote System Redesign

The 20 breakthrough school models recognized by the Gates Foundation funded Next Generation Learning Challenges (NGLC) took on the turnaround challenge, leveraged higher education partnerships, and improved the performance and sustainability of school networks (as outlined in part one of this three-part series). They also illustrate how blended learning supports and extends experiential learning (part two).

January 17, 2013

Next-Gen Learning Models Blend Tech & Experiences

Critics argue that blended and competency-based learning is just testing all the time. They chafe at what appears to be more mindless box checking. When I visit credit recovery labs and see students flying through online lessons and taking end of unit multiple choice quizzes, we worry that there is some truth to the criticism.

January 16, 2013

Nex-Gen Models Attack Problems, Leverage Opportunities

It's great if you think you have a good sense of how a next-generation school would work, but good luck trying to get funding. Most school districts don't have a process to respond to new school proposals much less funding them. And good luck getting a grant for a charter school before you get a charter approved (i.e., when you really need the money). That's why, given the emerging potential for personalization, the Next Generation Learning Challenges (NGLC) is a timely and important program.

December 26, 2012

Despite Bad News, Progress is Possible

I have a hard time watching evening news--especially in the last few weeks--the headlines are hard to swallow. You can't help but assume that things are getting worse. It's depressing. But the news doesn't give you an accurate picture of the long term trends that are making life better for more people on this planet.

December 20, 2012

What You'll See More of 2013

A reporter asked me what to expect on the education front in 2013. To some extent you'll see an extension of the blog "5 Megatrends That Shaped 2012 Education." But like MOOCs in 2012, there are likely to be a few breakout trends that few predicted.

December 11, 2012

10 Things Next-Gen Districts Will Do Well

What will next generation districts do well? In the last week I've had the opportunity to discuss that question with hundreds of school board members and superintendents.

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