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June 24, 2013

NYC iZone Launches Blended Learning Institute & Innovation Challenges

The NYC iZone launched a Blended Learning Institute, a two year certificate program for teachers. The iZone has also launched Innovation Challenges, a support system for innovative blended school models.

June 17, 2013

10 Ways Smart Cities Develop & Support Teachers

10 strategies are outlined that cities are using to make teaching more attractive and to better support teachers and expand their opportunity set.

June 10, 2013

Smart Cities: Kansas City

Kansas City may be the least appreciated great education improvement story out there--at least on the Kansas side of the Missouri River.

May 28, 2013

Smart Cities: 10 Opinions About What Matters

For the last six months I've written more than 30 Smart Cities posts in search of the secrets of educational innovation and improvement. I've also been learning from other authors.

May 13, 2013

Smart Cities: Viva Las Vegas

"Education is the bedrock on which a truly great city is built," according to Tony Hsieh and his Downtown Project. The CEO of shopping giant Zappos is leading efforts to reimagine the old city center north of the Vegas Strip.

May 06, 2013

Pittsburgh: An EdTech Hive

My first job out of college took me to the coalfields of southwestern Pennsylvania. Pittsburgh was just starting to rebound from the loss of thousands of steel jobs. The universities played a pivotal role in the development of a new economy based on technology, finance, and health jobs.

April 29, 2013

What's All The Buzz About Detroit?

Hey, how about some good news from Detroit? As noted recently, education in Detroit is coming out of the tailspin. There are some very good schools serving high need populations and it rivals the Bay Area for innovations in blended learning.

April 22, 2013

Phoenix: Smart City or Wild West?

Sprawling across a desert valley, Phoenix is the opposite of Boston in many ways--the streets are straight, just about everything was built in the last generation, and there are not a handful of storied institutions of higher learning.

April 15, 2013

Mind Trust Develops The Smart Cities Formula

Bart Peterson took office as mayor of Indianapolis in 2000 and quickly won the right to authorize charter schools--the first mayor in the country with that authority. That caught my attention in 2001, so I visited the mayor and his talented aides David Harris and Ellen Quigley.

April 08, 2013

Smart Cities: Early Observations

We're more than 20 cities into this weekly series examining education in American cities--a few things are becoming clear. I launched the series because everybody is talking about innovation (inside and outside of education) but I don't think we know much about where it happens or how it spreads--or why it doesn't.

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