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March 16, 2015

What Should High School Graduates Know and Be Able to Do?

Districts can't rely solely on graduation requirements and state test scores as a proxy for quality education aims and measures. Students and community members deserve a more compelling and complete set of goals and metrics. It remains challenging to describe the aims and measures of a rigorous well-rounded education. Here are some examples of schools and districts setting the bar beyond basic reading, writing, and math.

February 04, 2015

To Use Their Minds Well: BASIS

BASIS is a high touch model that puts a premium on teaching talent and demands sustained leadership around a common conception of aims and means. It's a special place where young people learn to use their minds well.

February 02, 2015

To Use Their Minds Well: Great Hearts

Great Hearts is a great example of a network of school communities animated by big ideas, powerful relationships, and great teaching. Serving over 9,500 students in 19 Arizona campuses, Great Hearts' goal is to graduate "great-hearted" young men and women who possess a sense of destiny and purpose that is directed to the service of the greater good.

January 26, 2015

National Academy Foundation Launches Career-Ready Certificate

Over 30 years ago Citi CEO Sandy Weill launched the non-profit National Academy Foundation to boost high school graduation and career preparation. The movement has quietly grown to 667 career-focused high school academies serving 81,000 students in 38 states.

October 14, 2014

Next-Gen Principal Prep: Blended, Personalized, Competency-based

The current system of preparing U.S. schools and system leaders is broken. What do principals need to know and be able to do for the leadership challenges they'll face?

October 08, 2014

A Modest Proposal for a New Learning System: Learning 2.0

Almost all the education wars are being fought on a very small battlefield. There's real carnage, but no winners. We should switch the reform fight to building a new learning system.

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.

August 05, 2014

Middle Grade Math Blends: 10 Lessons Learned

We've been studying middle grade math blends and with the help of guest authors and partners we've observed 10 lessons.

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?

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