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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.

At UNGA, world leaders agree to build a fairer world; the question is how

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Although the UN General Assembly meetings began with bitter political sparring between countries such as the United States and China, many world leaders are taking this opportunity to sound the alarm on the untold suffering the COVID-19 pandemic has caused and the looming crisis coming from climate change.

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Looking to improve hybrid and remote instruction? Consider student-directed learning.

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Among its many trials, the year 2020 has brought a swift and massive shift to remote and hybrid instruction. These models are not entirely new, but adopting them in such short order to address the necessity of social distancing has not been easy.

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Are the kids ok? Four guiding questions—and metrics—to help ensure student well-being

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Just months after schools abruptly shut their doors this spring, parents’ cries of mental health declines among their children echoed through social media.

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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.

Not all corruption is created equal

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In 2011, someone broke into my sister’s office at the university where she teaches in Nigeria. Thankfully, the person was caught, arrested, and charged.

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.

Why we decided to homeschool our children this year

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Like millions of American parents this fall, my wife and I decided to homeschool our children. In March, when schools shut down across Massachusetts and much of the country, the school where our daughters were enrolled was just starting spring break.

New data reveals a unique picture of school innovation in a challenging year

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Across the country, redefining the status quo has become the status quo for K–12 schools. Wide-scale remote and hybrid learning, mask-wearing culture, and “pods” all fall outside the bounds of what most of us imagined as mainstream schooling before this year.

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Two high school models reveal how virtual internships can still provide work-based learning’s most critical asset.

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The emergence of COVID-19 halted students’ access to traditional work-based learning pathways—and in-person opportunities to learn about different industries, build professional networks, and receive guidance about their career trajectory.

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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.

In some ways, kids are better off with distance learning

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Practically overnight, the coronavirus pandemic turned at-home learning from a fringe practice into a global phenomenon.

Why most anti-poverty programs fail to eradicate poverty

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Before COVID-19, the world was replete with anti-poverty programs. And considering the fact that around 100 million people will slide into poverty as a result of the economic impact of the pandemic, more anti-poverty programs are bound to emerge.

Drones: High-tech? Yes. Disruptive? Maybe not.

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If you’re looking to get your prescription delivered to you in the midst of COVID-19, maybe look to the skies. In April, CVS, in partnership with UPS, launched a pilot program to deliver medication via drone to residents of The Villages, a retirement community in Florida.

3 ways higher ed can make credit transfer work for learners

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Over the summer, Park University invited learners to transfer in for a year of online courses at a discounted tuition rate, after which learners could “easily” transfer back to their institutions.

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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.

Teletherapy’s post-pandemic staying power

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Six months into the COVID-19 pandemic and one thing is certain: we are not going back to “normal” any time soon.

Parents want social interaction for their kids, but schools don’t do that well even in normal times

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As parents scramble to figure out schooling and childcare arrangements for the fall, one of the central themes arising in my conversations with families across the country is that making sure their children have social interactions is paramount. I’m in agreement that’s an important consideration.

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A market creation story: Brazil’s Nubank

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“The financial engine for half the world’s jobs is about to seize up,” is how Michael Schlein of Accion, a financial inclusion nonprofit, put it. As the pandemic forces micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) across the globe to shut down, many will struggle to reopen.

As KIPP changes its slogan, focus on the importance of connections

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In the wake of famed charter school network KIPP’s decision to retire its “Work hard. Be nice.”

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.

‘A failure to thrive’: Closing a college

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As COVID-19 has led to the shuttering of physical campuses and many institutions are seeing shrinking enrollments this fall, the prediction that Clay Christensen and I made in 2013 in The New York Times that at least 25% of colleges and universities would close, merge, or declare exigency over the next couple decades has felt even more relevant.

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The “why” of student-centered learning should be K–12’s North Star

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COVID-19 poses unprecedented challenges for schools across the US as they kick off this new school year. Yet, if those of us involved in K–12 education can find a moment to catch a breath, it’s valuable to take fresh beginnings like these to remember why we do what we do.

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Creating a positive-sum education system could stop students from running a rat race to nowhere

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With mental health challenges on the rise for students—and Covid-19 exacerbating the situation—many have pointed a finger at how students throughout the country compete against each other for a variety of honors, including most prominently chasing admission to prestigious colleges.

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As millions lose jobs, targeting nonconsumption is more important than ever

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It’s the beginning of the year and you have high hopes for your family. Your two children are about to start school and your spouse is working on launching a new business. You live in an emerging economy and make roughly $150 a month.

How Online Admissions Affect Enrollment Rates

Discover the top five reasons your school’s admissions should be online.

5 insights from our research on innovation during a pandemic

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As researchers at a think tank, we concern ourselves with questions of causality: What causes prosperity to take root, and how can it be engendered in impoverished communities? These are the guiding questions that have driven our Global Prosperity research since launching the team in 2016.

Helping students make new friends during COVID is possible. Two programs show how.

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“I might be one of the few people coming out of the COVID-19 situation with more friends,” said Karine Durand. Durand’s words have stuck with me for months.

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Mining for entrepreneurial gold: Discovering market-creating ideas in emerging economies

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Since the onset of COVID-19, investors have withdrawn ~$103bn from emerging markets, seeking a safe haven for capital in a highly uncertain environment. However, the best opportunities often arise when fear is widespread, and the current environment is no different.

In higher education it’s student progress that counts—but prestige that gets measured

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In May 2019, the Christensen Institute interviewed members of the Presidents Forum to identify challenges in higher education that require collaborative efforts and systemic change to ensure student progress.

K-12 Private School Student Information System Buying Guide

Too many private schools are still using clunky, outdated systems, causing unnecessary stress and wasted time. That’s why it’s vital for them to invest in modern products and services purposefully designed for private K-12 education.

3 crucial blended learning resources based on research and real-world practice

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As schools continue to prepare for an uncertain COVID-19-impacted future, one thing is certain: the more we understand about various remote, online, and blended learning approaches, the better.

For districts ending police contracts, make sure it’s not in name only

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Following George Floyd’s killing in late May, the Minneapolis school board voted unanimously to terminate its contract with the city’s Police Department.

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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. In fact, the situation is so dire that up to 10% of the world’s population is under threat of hunger and more than $8.5B in direct damages is expected by the end of the year.

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Amidst a pandemic, student-centered learning makes progress

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In challenging times such as these, a focus on silver linings can help you muster the strength to persevere. For innovative K–12 educators, one such silver lining is the progress being made toward student-centered learning.

Inspiring K12 : Creating the Joy of Reading and Self-Directed Learning in the Digital Era

Personalized teaching of reading at the K-12 level can help imbue pleasure and interest in reading and the development of a reading habit, even among digital natives. A personalized approach works better than the systematic teaching of the entire class.