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August 15, 2014

Leading the Shift to Digital: School, System & City

This shift to personal digital learning is inevitable; nearly all of our kids already live in the personal digital future. Combining organizational design, technology integration, and large-scale change management is challenging and complex, but it can be done.

July 30, 2014

Lawsuits Targeting Federal Health Care Law Could Impact K-12 Districts

Two recent court decisions offering contradictory rulings on core pieces of "Obamacare" could affect K-12 districts required to comply with the law's employer mandate.

July 24, 2014

The Winners, and Losers, in E-Rate Modernization

With $2 billion in funding in its first two years, the recently passed E-rate modernization order will be a boon to broadband providers, and a bust for other companies.

July 24, 2014

Apple Touts Strong iPad Sales in Global School Market

Apple, believed to be the dominant provider of tablets in the K-12, also says it is selling millions of iPads into the worldwide market.

July 18, 2014

Year-Round Schooling: Why It's Time to Change

When public schools first started popping up in the U.S., they were considered secondary to other hands-on pursuits. Learning to read, write and perform basic arithmetic in classrooms was not equal to or greater than the actual work of building the nation and keeping up family farms.

June 01, 2014

What Job Does a Good School Fulfill?

We tend to think of schools as places where young people gain the knowledge and skills that will carry them forward into college, life and successful careers. That's absolutely right, though truly great schools build their academic program around a strong focus on positive youth development. They recognize and prioritize in their practice that young people need the consistent support of caring adults

May 15, 2014

Cross Pollinating Education Ideas in Milwaukee

No single school sector can adequately address the education crisis in our country's large cities. We need meaningful collaboration and resource-sharing among all types of schools, leaders, and teachers who have in common an intense desire to improve and a fiery belief that all children are capable of achieving at a high-level.

May 13, 2014

For Houston ISD, The Talent Pipeline Flows Both Ways

In Houston, we're finishing one massive bond program and already deep into another - the largest in Texas history -- that are creating dazzling 21st century schools with a technological infrastructure that will allow us to personalize learning and prepare our students for higher education and careers as never before.

May 07, 2014

Our Kids Can't Wait

By: Phyllis Lockett About a decade ago in Chicago, there were at least 27 communities, mostly concentrated on the south and west sides, where over 75 percent of the schools failed state standards. Since then, we've helped open 80 new schools and set the bar for citywide improvements t...

April 14, 2014

Investing in Autonomy, Performance and Innovation

Most districts put "innovation" at the top of their agendas these days, but too few are innovating with a purpose. The Reynoldsburg City School District (RCS) is becoming an exemplar for how to unleash principals' and teachers' creativity in meaningful ways that are guided but not prescribed or limited by a central office agenda.

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