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July 24, 2014

Local & State Policies That Boost Achievement & Innovation

Local and state policy makers should enact pro-growth, pro-achievement, pro-employability, and pro-innovation policies to help boost achievement and innovation.

May 21, 2014

Smart Cities / Humble Systems

It is tempting to believe that smart cities need "smart systems"—systems where technocrats attempt to implement the best practices of a given era; systems where government officials review the research, design strategies, and then push the bureaucracy to implement (often with mixed success).

April 24, 2014

Policymaking and Innovation Mindsets

About a week into my tenure as the director of the new Race to the Top program in 2009, I found myself enmeshed in policy conversations that were wholly unfamiliar to me. "I understand that you want to give states all this freedom to innovate," I was told, "but how are we going to prevent bad actors from doing harm?"

April 07, 2014

How Government Helps and Harms Entrepreneurs

The local NPR station ran a great story by America Abroad Media (@America_Abroad) about how government helps and harms entrepreneurs (available on iTunes). Interest in job creation and the growth in the number of incubators makes this a timely topic.

April 04, 2014

Strong States & Common Standards

Strong states and common expectations are fundamental to the future of K-12 education in America. New tools create the opportunity for new schools; standards and states are the framework for quality at scale.

February 28, 2014

Prizes and Pull Mechanisms Can Boost Global Learning

The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) recently requested information about "public and private actions that have the potential to accelerate the development, rigorous evaluation, and widespread adoption of high-impact learning technologies." Comments are due March 7.

January 01, 2014

Getting Smart: How Digital Learning is Changing the World- 2013 Update

The first draft of Getting Smart was written three years ago and a lot has changed since then. I reread the book on a plane recently and it holds up reasonably well, but there are things I wanted to provide in an update. Below are the top 10 developments I've seen since writing Getting Smart.

January 07, 2013

Smart Cities: Portland

"I think Portland is incredibly interesting," said venture investor Brad Feld in a recent article. "They have a smart counterculture of people."

January 02, 2013

Ed.gov Advocates for New Approaches to Capturing Evidence

Expanding Evidence Approaches for Learning in a Digital World is a new report from the EdTech Office at the Department of Education. "The report discusses the promise of sophisticated digital learning systems for collecting and analyzing very large amounts of fine-grained data ("big data") as users interact with the systems," said Karen Cator, the outgoing EdTech Director.

December 18, 2012

Good Schools Start With Good Goals

Good schools start with good goals. I really like the goal statements from Danville Schools, a small district south of Lexington.

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