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October 02, 2013

Plugging Into Professional Learning Communities

In contrast to top down stand-and-deliver professional development, professional learning communities (PLCs) are typically teacher created initiatives that extend learning opportunities and foster collaboration. PLCs often reflect disciplines, districts, projects, and policy responses. Schools are increasingly creating PLCs to organize teachers into working groups.

September 30, 2013

Big IDEA: Blending the Valley

IDEA Public Schools is a high performing K-12 charter network with 30 schools with a current enrollment of over 15, 000 serving low income communities in the Rio Grande Valley, San Antonio, and Austin. Virtually all of their students graduate and go to college.

September 27, 2013

Blended Language Learning Boosts Global Competence

Middlebury Interactive, a joint venture between Middlebury College and K12 Inc., is a leader in world language instruction for K-12 students. The partnership will serve about 200,000 K-12 students this year in more than 1,200 traditional and virtual schools. The most frequent application is in a blended learning environment.

September 25, 2013

Blended Learning Guide: Bigger, Better Version 2.0

When we launched the Blended Learning Implementation Guide with Digital Learning Now!'s John Bailey and The Learning Accelerator's Scott Ellis in February, we knew that it was just the first iteration of what would be an evolving document. What we didn't know is that version 1.0 of the Guide would need updated just six months later.

September 20, 2013

Comments on Federal E-Rate Proposal Pour In

Public comments on the FCC proposal to overhaul the federal E-rate program show a split on the call for new funding.

September 11, 2013

Why is There More Open Content for Math Than English?

It is pretty easy to run a secondary school using open math content. There is Khan Academy, CK12, NROC, and more. But it seems to be harder to find open education resources (OER) in English language arts.

September 04, 2013

Cohen Bullish on Path Forward for McGraw-Hill Education

"The company that has transformation opportunity," said Peter Cohen of McGraw-Hill Education (@MHEducation). Cohen joined McGraw in March as President of K-12 School Education. "It was a chance to work in a nimble organization with great digital products," said Cohen.

September 02, 2013

Distributed Workforce: Better Conditions, Costs, & Outcomes

Blended learning isn't just handing kids a laptop, it's new school models that incorporate differentiated and distributed staffing strategies--educators of different levels and in different locations--to boost learning productivity

August 15, 2013

Louisiana Students Gain Online Options

A 2012 bill created Louisiana Course Choice and expanded online options. Louisiana already had a virtual school with more than 6,000 enrollments but like Kentucky and Utah, saw multiple provider landscape as a more affordable way to boost access and quality

August 09, 2013

Engaging Online Idaho School Gains Top Marks

When we saw that Idaho Distance Education Academy (I-DEA) had earned 5 stars--top on Idaho's school ranking system--we called director Jason Bransford to learn more. We found a story worth sharing.

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