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July 14, 2014

Student Entrepreneurship in Action

What does it take to get students interested in learning entrepreneurial skills?

July 12, 2014

Choosing Excellent Schools—Not Charter Versus District

Schools are not sports teams. For students, education shouldn't be a zero-sum game among adults. It doesn't have to be. Adult labels can be put aside in favor of better schools for students.

July 10, 2014

Design Thinking: A Human-Centered Approach to Innovation in Education

We tend to think first about the needs of the system and create solutions from there. But what if we looked first to the needs of people, and then designed ways the system could meet its goals by serving these needs?

July 07, 2014

It's Time: Connecting What Students Need and What Entrepreneurs Create

By: Stacey Childress. Pull mechanism refers to things like challenges, prizes, and advanced market commitments - ways of paying for innovations based on their actual performance. This in contrast to government agencies and philanthropists making upfront investments in design and development of solutions and then "pushing" them to buyers and users. A key idea is that some sort of coordinated action on the demand side - in this instance from schools, districts, and states - will create compelling reasons for suppliers to behave differently, better, more responsively.

July 02, 2014

What Would Real Engagement Look Like?

By: Nick Donohue. Any good conversation about deep educational change naturally orbits back to ideas about communities and families. However, even lighter engagements -- homework help, teacher conferences and basic communications between home and school - prove elusive.

June 20, 2014

An Educator's Lean Startup Mindset

For the first fifteen years of my career, I had a stubborn "kids' lives are at stake" mindset that championed certainty and perfection. I've since realized that what kids' lives really depend on is me having a growth mindset that champions curiosity over certainty and iteration over perfection

June 19, 2014

Boise: An Emerging Ecosystem for Education Innovation

People in Boise don't spend a lot of time talking about themselves or their accomplishments. They just get on with the work at hand, and in their free time enjoy the state's abundant natural beauty.

July 15, 2013

10 Signs From NGLC Winners

Today NGLC announces 8 winners of $450,000 pre-opening grants and 30 winners of $100,000 planning grants. Proposals from the 38 grantees suggest 10 signs of where the blended universe is headed.

February 01, 2013

Ministers Learn About Improvement at Scale

An Education Leaders Briefing concluded the World Education Forum in London this week. Greg Butler from Microsoft (who helped my district go 1:1 in 1996) moderated the session that I participated in with Sir Michael Barber, Chief Education Advisor at Pearson, and Microsoft education lead Anthony Salcito.

January 18, 2013

Next-Gen Models Break New Ground, Promote System Redesign

The 20 breakthrough school models recognized by the Gates Foundation funded Next Generation Learning Challenges (NGLC) took on the turnaround challenge, leveraged higher education partnerships, and improved the performance and sustainability of school networks (as outlined in part one of this three-part series). They also illustrate how blended learning supports and extends experiential learning (part two).

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