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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).

January 16, 2013

Nex-Gen Models Attack Problems, Leverage Opportunities

It's great if you think you have a good sense of how a next-generation school would work, but good luck trying to get funding. Most school districts don't have a process to respond to new school proposals much less funding them. And good luck getting a grant for a charter school before you get a charter approved (i.e., when you really need the money). That's why, given the emerging potential for personalization, the Next Generation Learning Challenges (NGLC) is a timely and important program.

December 26, 2012

Despite Bad News, Progress is Possible

I have a hard time watching evening news--especially in the last few weeks--the headlines are hard to swallow. You can't help but assume that things are getting worse. It's depressing. But the news doesn't give you an accurate picture of the long term trends that are making life better for more people on this planet.

October 12, 2012

Will Common Core and Digital Learning Lead to Deeper Blends?

"Provide student the skills and knowledge the will need to be success in the 21st century society." That's the goal of the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation's Deeper Learning initiative. The Foundation convened grantees this week to discuss how to expand access to programs that promote better college and career preparation.

September 20, 2012

Blended Learning: Iterating Toward Better Learning At Scale

"Instead of 'fixing' K-12, let's build something better," said Alex Hernandez from Charter Growth Fund (@ThinkSchools) who opened a conversation among experts in the future of learning. "Blended learning is not about technology, it's about personalizing learning for students. We can give students the instruction they need, when they need it."

September 19, 2012

13 High Schools Worth Visiting

An international school administrator recently wrote on U.S. high schools and education reform. Here, Tom Vander Ark, shares a list of a baker's dozen high schools worth visiting.

September 17, 2012

DIY, Incubate or Accelerate?

Matt Candler is growing people that are growing educational solutions. His New Orleans-based incubator, 4.0 Schools, is based on a process that most organizations start as an idea and go through a five-stage process: itch-->hunch-->test-->launch-->scale.

July 03, 2012

Investing in Innovation: Capital Flows to Education

The drought is over and capital is flowing to innovators in K-12, postsecondary, and consumer learning. That's the conclusion of a report from GSV Advisors including industry veterans Deborah Quazzo and Michael Moe. They examine the "near spontaneous explosion of entrepreneurial activity in education."

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