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June 13, 2016

New Schools Flourish in Phoenix

We've been visiting cities all over the country and it's clear that any city making progress in education is doing so with an active intermediation layer, such as the city of Phoenix.

May 23, 2016

Fulfilling an Urban Promise in Oakland

Twenty years ago, Oakland students in the impoverished neighborhoods of West Oakland attended schools in deplorable conditions. A recent school tour revealed a much different scene thanks to the efforts of several edleaders.

February 16, 2016

What Learning Will Look Like in 2035

We don't know what learning will look like in 2035 but we can predict a wider variety of approaches and options.

February 01, 2016

How Houston Schools Are Making Houston a Great Global City

Houston is rapidly becoming a great global city. Houston schools are a big part of the success story. So when next month when Superintendent Terry Grier steps down, he should deserve a lot of credit for his contribution to Space City.

December 16, 2015

Bay Blends Advance Personalized Learning

After visiting seven Bay Area schools from our elementary and secondary schools worth visiting lists we believe that when it comes to innovation, the Bay Area is a great place to see a wide range of schools doing great things. We were inspired to see options like design thinking models that challenge traditional school and innovative project-based learning strategies.

December 07, 2015

School Hacks as Professional Learning: Transforming Schools, One Leader at a Time

School Retool is a professional development fellowship that helps school leaders redesign their school culture utilizing small experiments called "hacks." The Raikes Foundation, based in the Seattle area, is bringing School Retool to the Puget Sound in early 2016. Learn more about the opportunity and how to apply.

November 16, 2015

Exponential Technology: Everything is Closer Than it Appears

Exponential technologies have created eight opportunities for operators, Edupreneurs, and investors. Taking full advantage of these eight opportunities requires an improved learning infrastructure, a combination of industry standards, new state policies, and a few new tools.

November 12, 2015

Smart Cities Need Great Schools, The Best Antidote to Poverty

Healthy learning ecosystems are critical for equity and opportunity. In a meeting with Missouri charter school leaders we discussed critical elements of learning ecosystems. Here are seven standout elements for creating environments, that are important when creating great schools, the best long term antidote to the cycle of poverty.

July 13, 2015

Education as a Public Good

The emerging vision for learning as a service is requiring more learner and parent decisions than ever. So, with all of the individual choices, how do we protect and advance the public good? The answer to this important question has eight implications for state and local policymakers.

June 01, 2015

Five Trends Demand Smart States

Innovation is sustained by advocacy and policy, and that makes the role of state leadership and policy essential. In this blog we explore how governors, education chiefs, and policy makers should go about creating conditions that could help more young people develop critical think, communication, collaboration, creativity, and competitiveness.

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