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September 29, 2014

A New Start on Accountability

Three of my favorite policy analysts kicked off a blog series intended to prompt a productive dialogue around fixing school accountability systems (#TheNewAccountability). Paul Hill and Robin Lake, CRPE, and Michael Petrilli,Fordham Institute, are equity advocates that have advanced a portfolio of options approach to urban education

September 22, 2014

New Book Outlines 7 Keys to Smart Cities

New tools and schools make clear the potential for innovation. New ways to personalize learning, encourage more student agency, and extend the reach of great teachers signal the potential for step function improvement in outcomes (i.e., a much larger percentage of young people career and citizenship ready).

September 16, 2014

Better than Prep: Experiencing Success In What's Next

Last week I suggested that more than readiness, high school students should actually experience success in what's next so they are able to plan next steps with knowledge and confidence. Reading with comprehension, writing with clarity, and versatility in problem solving are critically important skills and are assessed in classrooms and increasingly by state tests. But secondary education is a period where young people are beginning to understand who they are and what they could become.

September 08, 2014

30 Attributes of Next-Gen Learning

By 2020 I'm confident the learning landscape will dramatically improve. Here are 10 successes, 10 LX attributes and 10 system attributes that will make up next gen learning.

September 03, 2014

Who Moved My Desk?

In a back to school meeting last week, a 5th year teacher had a "Who Moved My Cheese" moment over the loss of her desk due to a shift to blended learning.

August 29, 2014

21st Century Education: Not Just Relationships, But Also Partnerships and Personalization

Let's drop the debating and move to a more inclusive discussion on how relationships, partnerships, technology, and new strategic instructional models can make teaching and learning more effective and efficient for all.

August 25, 2014

The Cost of Raising and Educating Kids

While more than 90 percent of parents take advantage of free public education, they and other citizens pay for it through income and property tax (and, for college, lots of student loan debt). It is time to develop better and cheaper learning options.

August 04, 2014

From Turn-It-In to Posting, Publishing, Presentation, & Portfolio

Schools can promote deeper learning, engage students and transform school culture with the 4 P's of next gen learning: posting, presenting, publishing, and portfolio.

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.

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