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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.

How rethinking regulation could help innovation thrive in higher education

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In an era of escalating costs, low completion rates, and ballooning student debt, it seems fair to assert that American higher education is in crisis.

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.

Let’s not simply end poverty. Let’s ignite prosperity.

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In an attempt to highlight the importance of its goal to end poverty and to inspire many who may not be attuned to the struggles of the poor, the UN General Assembly created the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, recognized October 17 every year. On that day, the UN and other major development organizations discuss the progress that has been made in ending poverty and the work that remains to be done.

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.

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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The secret to activating teacher motivation

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Nearly everything in education hinges on teachers. Higher standards only raise achievement levels if teachers teach to those standards. Better curriculum only improves outcomes if teachers plan their lessons using that curriculum.

Three common misconceptions that thwart school improvement

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M isconceptions are dangerous things. They shackle our visions of what’s possible and doom us to consequences we do not expect. For example, a student who believes her genes predetermine her academic abilities may avoid crucial learning experiences that are initially challenging.

Is college worth it? It’s a definite maybe.

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With the start of the new school year just around the corner, prospective students are asking what has become a very tough question: Should I go to college? Salary data from NACE; College cost data from NCES. All data in 2016 dollars. It used to be easier to give a clear answer.

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?”,

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.

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.

Why teachers aren’t buying what education reformers are selling

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So-called education reformers—myself included—constantly propose new plans, programs, and policies to fix whatever supposedly ails public education. These ideas often fall flat because teachers aren’t buying what the reformers are selling.

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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4 Signs that Disruption is Accelerating in Health Care Delivery

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Image: Women’s 100m finals–British Champs & Olympic Trials 2008| Flickr: Paul Foot. Hardly a day goes by that I don’t read the term “Disruptive Innovation” cited in relation to health care delivery.

A public cloud of social capital to connect schools and communities

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For the past few months, I’ve been writing a lot about the power of online connections to expand and diversify students’ networks.

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President Trump might have “saved” their jobs, but only innovation can keep them employed

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Shortly after President Trump won the election to become America’s 45th president, he worked out a deal with the CEO of United Technologies, Carrier’s parent company, to reverse plans to shut down a furnace manufacturing plant in Indianapolis.

If you can’t see it, you can’t be it: Edtech that connects students to role models

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As the New York Times UpShot column recently highlighted, there is mounting evidence that students benefit from teachers who hail from a similar background and gender—and yet the teaching profession remains largely white and female.

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Who are great blended-learning teachers?

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What does it take to be a great teacher in a blended program? To ask that same question in education parlance, what competencies — meaning motives, traits, self-concepts, values, knowledge, and skills—matter most for teachers who are substituting online learning for part of face-to-face instruction?

5 insights for innovating in underdeveloped economies

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Investing and innovating in “developing” economies is often seen as more risky than investing in “developed” economies. However, it is precisely these actions that enable countries to climb up the economic ladder.

Rising college costs are built in to the traditional business model—but they aren’t inevitable

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A new school year is starting on campuses across America, full of excitement. But how will reality measure up against the expectations of the 20 million students enrolled in U.S. institutions of higher education? Perhaps not well. For many of them, college will end with a fizzle rather than a bang: more than 40 percent of full-time students won’t find their way across the graduation stage; for those enrolled part-time, a mere fifth can expect to graduate within eight years.

Congress should prioritize innovation in higher ed. Here are three ways it can.

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Washington D.C. is slowly turning its attention to higher education. In December, on a party-line vote, the House Committee on Education and the Workforce released the PROSPER Act , a bill to update the Higher Education Act for the first time since 2008. The Higher Education Act (HEA), first passed in 1965, outlines federal higher education policy, including federal financial aid eligibility, teacher preparation programs, and how the federal government holds colleges accountable.

Pushing the Limits on Instagram in 2018

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Join the Instagram party and be sure to know your limits. Instagram limits can be deceiving and rewarding. Ready to get the most out of Instagram for your brand? Join the crowd of about 1 billion others who made Instagram the fastest growing social network in history.

WeWork helps online learning take its next step forward

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WeWork, the leader in coworking spaces, has been turning heads in education circles for the last year. It acquired Flatiron, a prominent coding bootcamp, and MissionU, a one-year college alternative. Then came its partnership with 2U, the standout online program management company.

Can digital also mean low-tech? Yes, and it can enhance teaching

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With Digital Learning Day around the corner, many teachers may be inundated with research, how-to’s, and intricate tools, all revolving around the descriptor “digital.” But does digital technology need to be that complicated? . When most people picture world-changing technologies, they immediately conjure mental images of rockets, computers, and smartphones.

Innovators Worth Watching: Western Governors University

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Welcome to our “Innovators Worth Watching” series, spotlighting interesting and potentially disruptive players across a spectrum of industries. Now in its third decade, Western Governors University (WGU) has students in every U.S.

The 3 questions every development organization should ask

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Many organizations, regardless of industry, are often so focused on their immediate tasks that they don’t find the time to take a step back and see how their activities impact their overall mission.

How automakers can successfully compete in the mobility game

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The century-old business model of manufacturing and selling cars may increasingly be challenged by the growing popularity of shared mobility services. These services include car-sharing (e.g. Zipcar), ride-sharing (e.g. Uber), and peer-to-peer sharing (e.g. Turo).

Can technology unlock latent social capital on campus?

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On the eve of a new school year, many educators and advisors may be looking to new practices and tools to give their students their best year yet.

3 lessons for global development from LeBron James’ “I Promise” School

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As the NBA’s four-time MVP and arguably the greatest basketball player in the world, LeBron James is used to being in the spotlight. But by opening up a school in Akron, Ohio, it appears that his biggest achievement may be yet to come.

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Innovators Worth Watching: Osmosis

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Welcome to our “Innovators Worth Watching” series, spotlighting interesting and potentially disruptive players across a spectrum of industries. Getting into medical school is brutal. Getting through medical school is even worse.

Do tech giants need to think bigger about healthcare interoperability?

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Patients, healthcare providers, payers and administrators all have critical tasks that the right health-related data (with appropriate protections and consent) can help them perform better and more affordably.

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Innovators worth watching: Ed Leadership SIMS

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This is the first installment of a two-part series on innovative forms of educator professional development. Look for the second installment in the weeks to come.

Learn about the Prosperity Paradox at SXSW

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The international development industry is vast.

Success at Innovative Schools Hinges on Helping Students Transition

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Malaina is a current high school student who decided to homeschool in order to expand her learning by blending interdisciplinary, real world, and academic-focused learning. Her work has been published by Education Next, The Mercury News, and the Bluefire literary journal. . Innovative schools are on the rise across the world and are transforming the way we think about K–12 education. These schools are no longer following the traditional model of education.

Tools that create change: Lessons from the U.K.’s health system

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This guest blog was written by Dr. Vikram Devalia, a practicing clinician from the United Kingdom with a special interest in applying business theory to improve healthcare systems. Over the past twenty years, innovators, policymakers, and administrators have worked tirelessly to reimagine the U.S.

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Outcomes-based funding can help drive innovation

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This piece is from a larger discussion on higher education regulation that originally appeared on EducationNext. Check out the full piece, and a corresponding perspective by Kevin Carey, Director of the Education Policy Program at New America.

Let’s retire the ‘gifted-and-talented’ label

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Earlier this year the Fordham Institute wrote about the challenge of the gifted gap in our nation’s schools. Put simply, gifted students from disadvantaged backgrounds too often are not identified as gifted, which causes them to lose out on access to a variety of gifted-and-talented programs at their local schools that could accelerate their development and social and economic opportunities.

Gawande’s listening. But can he disrupt healthcare?

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Image: Atul Gawande | Wikimedia Commons: Amar Karodkar. Buffet, Bezos and Dimon have found their man. Five months after the respective chiefs of Berkshire Hathaway, Amazon and J.P. Morgan Chase jointly founded a venture to reduce the cost of healthcare in the U.S.,

3 things Clayton Christensen has taught me about innovation and economic development

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French economist, Frederic Sautet, writes , “Revisionist economic history has displaced the entrepreneur from his central role as determinant of a country’s economic performance and placed greater emphasis on structural macroeconomic conditions.” Unfortunately, Sautet might be right. In matters of economic development, there is often a tendency to focus more on dilapidated infrastructures and dysfunctional institutions than on creating a culture of innovation through entrepreneurship.

Can CMS’ proposed ACO changes really help Medicare beneficiaries?

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Should instructional choice trump school choice?

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Today, President-elect Donald Trump appointed school choice advocate Betsy DeVos as our next secretary of education.

SXSW EDU 2019 PanelPicker

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The SXSW EDU PanelPicker is back again! This year, learn more about the proposed SXSWEDU 2019 panels featuring the latest research from Thomas Arnett, Julia Freeland Fisher, Alana Dunagan, and Richard Price. Discover what our team is bringing to the K-12 and higher education conversation.