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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.

Is it the government’s job to build infrastructure? It depends.

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In March, the Biden administration announced a behemoth infrastructure package. The more than $2 trillion plan is designed to create jobs, boost America’s productivity by building or upgrading the nation’s infrastructure, and position the United States as a leader in clean energy.


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Not so fast: What Biden’s $2 trillion infrastructure bill needs to be impactful

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No, you’re not “hearing” double. President Joe Biden just unveiled another $2 trillion package to bolster the economy. This time, he’s focused on America’s infrastructure. Biden’s infrastructure package is ambitious.

K–12 programs with disruptive potential face an important decision

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For these K–12 programs, disruptive potential hinges on an critical decision. This school year saw a burst of new online learning options enter the K–12 education scene.

SplashLearn Makes Learning Fun and Creates Fearless Learners

Loved by more than 30 million kids, SplashLearn is a game-based learning program that creates engaging learning experiences to nurture a generation of fearless learners. SplashLearn is the fastest growing elementary school math program in the US, used by more than 440,000 teachers in about 77,000 schools across the United States.

Will pandemic shift to online classes speed progress toward student-centered learning?

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It goes without saying that schools, educators and students have confronted a number of instructional hurdles this past year. But will the forced adoption of online learning accelerate innovation in K-12 education and its transformation toward more student-centered learning?

2020 vs. 2021: Notable trends in innovative school practice nationwide

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Recently I told a group of high school students that my research investigates how schools are changing during the pandemic. One student’s unprompted reaction in the Zoom chat was so straightforward that it made me chuckle: “Oh we changed a lot.” Indeed.

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Ready to be an anti-racist school? Diversifying students’ networks is a must

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Last year, the killing of George Floyd and the inequitable spread of the coronavirus pandemic together created a moment in history that can’t be ignored. These events loudly drew attention to the systemic inequities in our nation and deep strands of racism that have long plagued America.

If schools want to serve students equitably, getting the metrics right is everything

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COVID-19 has not impacted all communities to the same degree. Rather, some communities are disproportionately impacted.

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Curbing the impact of negative student-adult relationships: A conversation with Mike Garringer

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As many readers will know, most of my research over the past few years has focused on innovations that nurture relationships in students’ lives—including new approaches to shoring up student support networks and creative ways of expanding those networks to new corners of their communities and beyond.

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.

Innovating in emerging markets: Estimating a customer’s willingness to pay

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Before 19th century American innovator and businessman, Isaac Singer, developed an efficient sewing machine for the masses, experts at the time told him his business would fail.

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5 innovations to help students (re)connect in 2021

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2020 put all of us, and especially our education systems, to the test. The challenges students and educators faced were not just academic, but social.

Why students’ ability to mobilize relationships is an essential back-to-classroom competency

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Maria Vasquez finally had the opportunity to walk into a school building this spring. A high school freshman in suburban Atlanta, she was immediately embraced by her teachers, school staff, and counselors, and told to reach out if she had any questions or concerns.

3 Ideas to Help Teachers Thrive This Year

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As a former middle school math teacher and now father of three young children, I know this has probably been the most challenging school year in history. The world is still far from getting back to normal. In the second half of the pandemic school year, how should teachers move forward?

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Wireless Projecting with Google Meet

Wireless projecting using Google Meet to replace the Google Cast for Education extension!

Lessons from Apple and Kodak for the next USAID administrator

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On January 13th, President Joe Biden selected Samantha Power, ex-US ambassador to the United Nations, to lead the USAID. If confirmed, this will make Power one of the most powerful people in international development.

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What’s compelling changes in K–12 schools this year? Hint: it’s not (just) COVID.

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Schools from Washington to New York, and everywhere in between, are welcoming students back to school buildings, heralding a much-desired return to some form of normalcy for many families.

Networks versus net worth: Expanding possibilities for alumni engagement

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When Colby College’s president David Greene saw the ripple effects of the pandemic rapidly shrinking the class of 2020’s job prospects, he made a dramatic move: publicly calling on the college’s 30,000 alumni and their families to open their doors and networks for Colby graduates in search of work.

A market creation story: Vivenda

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This piece was co-authored by Christimara Garcia, a volunteer at the Christensen Institute and founder of Catalyze Innovations Initiative, a Brazilian market-creating innovation action tank.

Develop A Feature-Rich App for Any Virtual Classroom

Building an e-learning platform? Download the solution brief to learn how you can create a customized, feature-rich, interactive classroom for an enhanced learning experience.

Your definition of quality isn’t mine: Why school districts don’t always choose curriculum that ‘experts’ think is best

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In recent years, many have beaten the drum about the findings that rigorous curriculum can improve student outcomes —with gains that sometimes outpace those of other popular education reforms.

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The newest threat to health equity: digital access

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Over the last several months, we’ve explored the importance of addressing the social determinants of health in order to advance health equity.

Want to remake assessment? Think disruptively.

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The K–12 world is in the midst of another heated debate over testing. Last spring, states were given a reprieve from implementing federally-mandated standardized tests due to COVID.

When creating a new market, simply doing what you’re good at is rarely enough

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For decades, the concept of core competencies has been a dominant idea in business, helping organizations determine where to direct their time and effort.

8 Reasons to Invest in a New Student Information System

If your school’s SIS has limited functions, only works on campus or breaks down more than you would like, it might time to invest in a new one.

Is this the moment in history when K–12 school systems get disrupted?

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With COVID-19 cases again on the rise, schools are once again closing their doors this year. Meanwhile, the toll on many educators, students, and families feels crushing. It may be the biggest understatement of 2020 to say that the pandemic has thrown K–12 environments into turmoil.

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As the word focuses on the pandemic, one organization is focused on the weather

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For millions of people living in East Africa, the Middle East, and West Asia, the coronavirus pandemic may not be the most severe setback of 2020. Instead, it’s locusts. Since the beginning of the year more than 450 billion of the grasshoppers have ravaged homes and devastated crops in these regions.

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From career readiness to career optionality: A conversation with Anthony Mann

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Late last year, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) released a new report on career readiness.

Revisiting blended learning principles, with school plans in limbo

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Some school buildings may be open again, but things won’t be back to normal. In all likelihood, students will have to come to campuses part-time in shifts, which creates a whole host of challenges for schools as they strive to offer comprehensive educational opportunities.

7 Benefits of Lesson Plans in the Cloud

What if teachers didn’t have to lug tons of paperwork with them to and from work? Having lesson plans available anywhere is just one of the advantages.

Misbehaving kids: Problems to be solved, or problem-solvers?

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Last fall, I argued that school districts ending police contracts won’t change students’ experience of discipline by swapping in new hires.

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Will the positive changes schools make now last into the future?

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It can be hard to see anything positive about the cards schools were dealt in 2020. COVID-19 and ongoing public reckoning with systemic racism are drawing attention to longstanding, chronic problems in the education sector.

Innovators Creating Prosperity: Releaf

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Welcome to our Innovators Creating Prosperity series, spotlighting organizations across the globe that are positively impacting economic development.

Why getting the world back to normal is not enough

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When will the world get back to normal? It’s a question many have asked since the COVID-19 global pandemic began upending economic, social, and health systems across the world.

Why Families Leave Schools

Do you know three of the biggest reasons families leave schools? Here they are – and what you can do about it.