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Why personalized learning is hard to study

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This week saw the release of the third in a series of personalized learning studies conducted by the RAND Foundation. The research analyzed implementation, survey, and efficacy data in a sample of schools that are part of the Next Generation Learning Challenges (NGLC) portfolio, and compared that data to a national sample of schools. The findings? NGLC schools yielded some positive academic results, but educators and administrators reported numerous challenges.

The 3 things edtech can’t do illustrate why teachers matter now more than ever

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We’re swimming in a world of technologies that have huge implications for the future of schooling.

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Striking a balance: SEL skills and access to relationships

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Last week Checker Finn and Rick Hess published the first in a series of reports at American Enterprise Institute on the promise and pitfalls of social emotional learning (SEL) in both policy and practice. I’m slated to contribute to the series later this year.

Innovators Creating Prosperity: Inyenyeri

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Welcome to our Innovators Creating Prosperity series, spotlighting organizations across the globe that are positively impacting economic development. Globally, almost three billion people depend on traditional biomass for cooking, a number that is expected to remain unchanged by 2030.

5 Costly Inventory Management Mistakes Schools Should Avoid

If your school is like most, inventory and/or asset management plays a critical role in daily operations.

What if teachers could no longer give B-minuses?

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In her bestselling book The Gift of Failure , Jessica Lahey tells the story of talking to parents who were unhappy because their child had received a B-minus. The story hits home, as Lahey explores the perils of not letting children fail because it robs them of opportunities to learn and develop.

Want to bridge ed and tech? Here are 4 partnership elements to consider

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“About 85 percent of education technology is poorly chosen or used,” said Bart Epstein, Jefferson Education Exchange president, in a recent article.

5 blended-learning myths to bust in 2019

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In February 2016, the Christensen Institute debuted the Blended Learning Universe (BLU)—an online hub of blended learning resources—in response to more and more schools across the U.S. implementing a blended-learning strategy for students.

To strengthen institutions, good laws are not enough

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More than $50 billion in World Bank sponsored projects had some focus on institutional reform as part of the project design between 2006 and 2011.

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Sustaining Bangladesh’s economic miracle

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Bangladesh is probably not the country that comes to mind when you think about economic miracles. Its GDP per capita is just $1,750, and close to 15 million of the 166 million people in the country live on less than $1.90 a day.

Today’s Curriculum for the Higher Ed HR Leader

Speaker: Joseph Clay, Business Transformation Strategist at Oracle, and Jeffrey Haynes, Director with Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP

Today’s universities and colleges face many challenges ranging from reconciling financial pressures, to ensuring student success, to managing complicated workforce dynamics. One thing they all have in common: Their head of HR must align the HR function to best support the institution as it navigates this current landscape.

Innovators Worth Watching: Bootcamps

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Welcome to our “Innovators Worth Watching” series, spotlighting interesting and potentially disruptive players across a spectrum of industries.

Defining personalized learning and blended learning: Is there a difference?

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Innovators Worth Watching: Hennepin Health ACO

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Welcome to our “Innovators Worth Watching” series, spotlighting interesting and potentially disruptive players across a spectrum of industries. As U.S.

5 big ideas for education innovation in 2019

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Over the last year education innovators around the country continued to pursue expanded definitions of student success, personalized approaches, and wholly new models of school. For many, the very real challenges of change management and discovering ways to promote scale with quality dominated 2018.

Will half of all colleges really close in the next decade?

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Harvard Business School Professor Clayton Christensen consistently turns heads in higher education by predicting that 50% of colleges and universities will close or go bankrupt in the next decade.

Blended isn’t just about online learning—it’s making space for real-world relationships

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Jenny White contributed to this piece. Blended learning is helping to unshackle schools from the one-teacher one-classroom model and usher in more creative and diverse instructional approaches.

5 big ideas for education innovation in 2018

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Last year saw a flurry of activity in support of personalized learning, new school designs, and new approaches to K-12 education policy. Looking ahead, education innovators have their work cut out for them in 2018. Some of this work requires asking hard questions. Some requires acknowledging that there’s an elephant in the room. And some requires looking beyond our current conversation to where the next waves of innovation stand to emerge.

The future of LinkedIn Learning and the link between education and work

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With the acquisition of Lynda.com , LinkedIn propelled itself into the space of learning in 2015. Roughly a year later, LinkedIn announced the launch of LinkedIn Learning to help people discover and develop the skills they need through a learning path that is curated and personalized.

What does the future of teaching look like?

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Over the last few years, the Christensen Institute has written extensively on how innovation in K–12 education will impact teachers. We’ve tackled important questions such as “Will computers replace teachers?”, “How will technology change teaching?”,

Senator Alexander: Here are the building blocks for your new accountability system in the HEA

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In a recent New York Times op-ed , Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) outlined his three-part proposal for reauthorizing the Higher Education Act (HEA): simplify the FAFSA, restructure and streamline student loan repayment, and hold programs accountable for student loan defaults.

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Why reimaging schools means reimagining the approach to change

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This guest blog was written by Ben Kutylo, Co-Founder and President of Fremont Street, a national nonprofit philanthropy dedicated to catalyzing the redesign of schools and evolution of systems to improve the job of teaching and better prepare all students for success in life and today’s economy. Mounting research supports what most in education generally accept now—teaching is the most important factor impacting student learning. Besides parents, educators know students best.

Are you really personalizing learning?

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Insights for innovating in emerging markets: Integrate, or outsource?

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In this five-part series, Five insights for innovating in emerging markets , I explore several insights, one by one, that my research has uncovered for innovators interested in emerging markets. This is part four of the series, based on an earlier blog.

Should schools ban spiral notebooks?

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From the first-hand experiences of millions of students and teachers worldwide, it’s clear that paper notebooks are a deterrent to quality education. For generations, students have used them in class to scribble or doodle, pass messages to their friends, or construct wads, planes, and spitball projectiles. Given the numerous ways students can use their notebooks to derail learning, it’s a wonder that most schools still permit them in class, right? Hold on a sec.

Why investing in real-world feedback R&D could revolutionize assessments

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Last May, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI) jointly requested new approaches to education to help tackle issues regarding student nonfiction writing, math comprehension, and executive functions—all challenges that have implications for future college and career success. Fast forward to today, and a recently released report details the over 400 responses the foundations received from field experts and practitioners.

Innovators Creating Prosperity: IguanaFix

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Welcome to our Innovators Creating Prosperity series, spotlighting organizations across the globe that are positively impacting economic development. According to the International Labor Organization, more than 130 million workers in Latin America are part of the informal sector.

Why workforce development must integrate and bundle

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In noted education investor and author Ryan Craig’s latest musings , he makes the argument that even as it’s time for the unbundling of colleges and universities, it’s well past time for workforce development to do the reverse—bundle—to help people bridge the education-to-employment gap.

Insights for innovating in emerging markets: Create the market you want to be a part of

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In this five-part series, Five insights for innovating in emerging markets , I explore several insights, one by one, that my research has uncovered for innovators interested in emerging markets. This is part five of the series, based on an earlier blog.

A new framework to unlock edtech’s potential for teachers

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Teachers today struggle to keep up with society’s expectations. It isn’t enough for them to just cover their curriculum.

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Ghanaian chocolates: for Ghanaians, by Ghanaians, in Ghana

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The West African country of Ghana supplies roughly a quarter of the world’s cocoa beans, a critical input in the $100 billion global chocolate industry.

In the wake of one university’s headline-making failure, a look at business models

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When trying to innovate, no institution wants to make national headlines for having a key initiative go “ belly-up. ”

Innovators worth watching: Mursion

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This is the second blog post in a two-part blog series on simulations for educator professional development. You can find the first part here. Teaching isn’t something you can learn just from reading books and listening to lectures.

To the next President of the World Bank—it’s time to switch it up

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Two months ago, World Bank President Jim Yong Kim abruptly resigned, creating an opportunity for new leadership at the world’s foremost development institution.

3 ways real-world feedback could disrupt traditional assessments

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Innovative assessments are getting a fair amount of attention in K-12 policy circles as a handful of states gear up for the federal innovative assessment pilots and ESSA implementation gets underway.

4 ideas to advance teaching in 2019

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I’m generally skeptical of all the prognosticating at the start of each new year. But that doesn’t mean we can’t hope for good things to come. Below is my wish list of ideas for teaching that I hope to see take off during the next 12 months. Put technology in service of teaching.

Building infrastructure that lasts

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Well-maintained infrastructure is perhaps the most striking and observable difference between impoverished nations and prosperous ones. In many ways, it is synonymous with economic development.

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3 misconceptions that could distort higher education policy

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Higher education institutions are racing to keep up with the ever-evolving student and workforce demands—and policymakers have no shortage of (ostensibly) good ideas to improve the sector. But are all these good ideas as potent or as effective as the hype—or hope—promises?

Insights for innovating in emerging markets: There are two types of economies

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In this five-part series, Five insights for innovating in emerging markets , I explore several insights, one by one, that my research has uncovered for innovators interested in emerging markets. This is part one of the series, based on an earlier blog. Consider the following story.

Why a web of connections—not a single relationship—should surround students

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Advocates for personalized learning have bold and plentiful ambitions for students: higher rates of engagement, greater persistence, healthy development, and expanded opportunity—not to mention improved academics.

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