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April 01, 2013

Smart Cities: Raleigh/Durham

Despite one of the most significant confluence of innovators on the planet, there are relatively few education innovators in the capital region but there are a handful of cool schools and a group of nationally important impact organizations profiled below.

March 25, 2013

Smart Cities: Milwaukee

If you asked me who my favorite educator, speaker, community organizer, and tour guide was, Howard Fuller would be high on all four lists. When I heard about Rocketship's decision to pick Milwaukee as the first expansion site, I was puzzled and called the team. They said there was one compelling reason--Howard Fuller. I smiled.

March 18, 2013

Detroit: Pulling Out of the Death Spiral

So, asks the Smart Cities reader, why write about the disaster that is Detroit? Like New Orleans, Detroit families are beginning to benefit from the man-made disruption and corruption. The portfolio emerging from the disaster is worth watching.

March 11, 2013

Smart Cities: Austin

Austin is weird--and they work to keep it that way. Like Columbus (profiled last week), it's a college town and state capital--add a dose of music, sunshine, Tex-Mex and venture capital and you get Austin.

March 03, 2013

Smart Cities: Columbus

Two promising developments stood out on two trips to Columbus last month. The first is the four term Mayor's Education Commission focused on revitalizing Columbus City Schools. The second is first ring suburban districts charting the path forward.

February 25, 2013

Smart Cities: San Diego

Running the San Diego County Office of Education seems pretty tame after tours of duty as state administrator in Oakland and Compton, but Randy Ward argues that county offices are more relevant than ever. With half a million kids and 42 districts there's plenty to worry about.

February 17, 2013

Smart Cities: Twin Cities is no Wobegon but on the Rise

A Literacy Specialist in the Eden Prairie School District said, "I am thinking about the thousands of iPads being handed out to kids right now in districts around the Twin Cities and I'm curious to see what we will be able to do with them and to what degree we will be able to differentiate for our students."

February 13, 2013

Connecting Smart Cities

For several months now, Tom Vander Ark has been issuing rich installments in his Smart Cities series, building a detailed map of where innovations in learning are happening. Here, we profile an organization connecting Smart Cities--the Cities for Education Entrepreneurship Trust (CEE-Trust)--and its work helping city-based organizations support the emergence of high-quality blended learning.

February 12, 2013

Smart Cities: Time for Old School to Meet Online in DC

Not surprisingly, the biggest private employment sector in metro D.C. is defense and aerospace. But the nation's capital is also the most important confluence of online learning organizations on the planet.

February 10, 2013

Smart Cities: Strong Charters Will Soon Serve Half of DC Students

"The combination of high school college counselors and industrial grade financial aid seems to be changing D.C. into a real college preparatory school district," said Bob Craves, one of the Costco founders who has devoted himself to running scholarship programs in Washington D.C. and Washington State.

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