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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.

May 14, 2015

Smart Cities: Salt Lake City Is a Growing Innovation Hub

Salt Lake City is becoming an EdTech hot spot. While it's still news to some well informed locals, EdTech companies, startups, schools and state policies have all taken innovative strides towards enhancing the learning environment for students. Many SLC leaders recently joined us at the Leonardo, a science, technology and art museum to discuss Smart Cities that Work for Everyone.

February 12, 2015

Ready For Scale? Host a City Competition

If your enterprise has had some success in one or two cities and you're benefiting from (rather than fighting) trends, it may be time to consider a city competition. Rather than writing more proposals, wouldn't it be great to have other people sending you proposals?

November 24, 2014

How Smart Cities Develop Teachers and Leaders

How smart cities and a regional approach to talent development can share the load and create an ecosystem that continues to improve. And, how a blended and job-embedded approach to talent development creates the opportunity for personalized learning and ensures highly relevant support for real challenges.

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