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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 will 2022 reshape K–12 education?

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It’s common at this time of year to read predictions about what lies ahead in the year to come. I’ll admit that in the past, I haven’t been too keen on making these kinds of predictions because the future often looked like it wouldn’t be much different from the past.


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Could Elon Musk’s $6 billion help WFP solve world hunger? It depends.

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More than half a billion people will be pushed into extreme poverty due to health costs, according to a recent WHO and World Bank report. In addition to coping with financially burdensome illnesses, a majority of these people will also struggle with hunger.

What “Jobs” theory reveals about vaccines and the never ending pandemic

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“I probably shouldn’t make any predictions because you’re invariably wrong with this virus when you make predictions.

White Paper: Enabling digital creativity with Augmented Reality in K12 education

We have conducted 2 research projects on teaching with AR. This research has been conducted with the UiO and the UiS. The resulting white paper is an in-depth look at the state of creative learning through the use of 3D modeling and exploration in AR.

5 education innovation trends worth watching in 2022

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Many in education may be wondering whether 2022 will mean “back to normal” at schools and colleges. Although I’m sympathetic to that—and find myself yearning for mask-free daycare pick-up—I’m even more excited about long-overdue innovations emerging this coming year.

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Why schools can’t talk about family engagement without talking about race

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Last summer, not far from the doorsteps of Oakland Unified School District, a group of parents came together to build an academic program from scratch in an effort to close the gap between the education their children were getting in school and the education they deserved.

3 lessons from parent surveys over 3 years that should guide family engagement in 2022

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I vividly recall the first week of March 2020. I was visiting my family in Dallas, TX over Spring Break when we learned that the coronavirus outbreak was spreading like wildfire and schools would immediately close their doors.

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Can we build relationships 15 minutes at a time?

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Trust is a foundational building block for relationships. It also takes time to build. Given these two inputs, our health care industry’s norm around 15-minute primary care appointments does not lead to trusting relationships or better health.

The pandemic has dashed and deferred too many college dreams

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Nichole Torpey-Saboe is the director of research at Strada Education Network and co-author of this piece. High school students tend to dream big. According to the national nonprofit YouthTruth , in 2015 and 2016, over 84% of high school students reported wanting to go to college.

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6 Tips for EdTech Evaluation by Adult Learning Institutions

Many continuing adult education institutions have turned to technology used by higher ed with the following benefits: elevates teaching and learning, scales to address changes in staffing, enrollment and budget, and protects student and institutional data.

Don’t apply to safety schools for their own sake

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As college application deadlines loom and students make their final decisions about where to apply, the conventional wisdom is clear: Because it’s never been harder to get into your dream school, apply to multiple safety schools. The conventional wisdom is mistaken, however.

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Ecuador and the case for market-creating innovations in oil exporting countries

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On April 11th, 2021, Ecuadorians elected a new president, Guillermo Lasso, with a 71% approval rating. When the former banker took office in May, he promised to grow the struggling economy and create jobs.

3 development lessons from America’s longest war

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Once US troops began pulling out of Afghanistan, it quickly became clear that the Afghan government couldn’t stand on its own. In fairly short order President Ashraf Ghani fled the country and Taliban took control of the government.

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Yes, the global middle class is growing, but the real growth opportunity is already here

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Even with the economic setbacks brought about by the pandemic, the global middle class has grown rapidly in recent years. Between 2011 and 2019, the number of people living on $10 to $50 a day grew by 54 million per year on average. .

2021 Trends in Online Student Demographics’s second annual report on online student demographics explores the characteristics of today’s online students and their insights on college decision-making and the online learning experience amid the challenges of COVID-19.

How to win the war on malaria once and for all

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“This is now four or five years in which we’re simply stuck.

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Governments can’t—and shouldn’t—do it all. Entrepreneurs can help.

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In many ways, it has never been more difficult to be a public servant as governments across the world are now more responsible for more than they ever have been.

How South Korea became the “most innovative country” in the world

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60 years ago, South Korea was likely one of the last places associated with a thriving private sector. With a majority of people living in poverty, its GDP per capita was lower than that of Haiti, Ethiopia, or Yemen, making South Korea one of the poorest countries in the world.

Exit emerging economies, enter growth economies; a long overdue name change

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Names are important. They help us identify, describe, and categorize. What comes to your mind when you hear the names Apple, Netflix, or Disney ? They are all household names, synonymous with both innovation and pleasant customer experiences.

2021 Trends in College Career and Employment Planning

In this second annual report, part of the research series, 624 business leaders shared how their companies and organizations currently recruit and hire college students from both online and campus-based programs.

What Disney can teach the healthcare industry about consumer behavior

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Over Thanksgiving, I found my copy of the book If Disney Ran Your Hospital. When rereading the book, I remembered an interesting story from Disney World that really drove home the power of understanding human behavior. . Many people don’t think about the placement of trash cans, but Disney did.

To improve individual lives, a top-down approach won’t work (Part 2)

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In Part 1 of this series, I explored the need to reframe our approach around “social determinants of health.” In order to improve individual lives, our approach must look at risk factors, and it must include a mechanism to uncover what matters most to the individual.

The supreme importance of innovation theories

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In a recent podcast with Future Africa, Michael Seibel, CEO and partner at Y Combinator (YC), noted that, “80% of the companies that do YC raise money on demo day. Only] 2% build successful companies.”

Lego models and innovating in K­–12 schools

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Perhaps because it’s the holiday season and gifts of model planes, trains, and automobiles are on my mind, but visions of K­–12 learning models are dancing in my head. A central argument in Disrupting Class was that technology couldn’t be a silver bullet to cure the challenges public education faces.

Why Genentech Is Transforming the Employee Experience for Mental Health Leave

Speaker: Deborah Olson, Lead Strategist, Genentech, a member of the Roche Group & Smita Das, MD, PhD, MPH, Medical Director, Lyra Health

Employees with the greatest mental health needs often find themselves navigating a complex disability system. Streamlining their mental health leave and recovery time leads to an overall more productive workforce. In this Lyra webinar, hear how Genentech is changing the employee experience to provide fast access to care for members who are suffering from severe mental health needs.

Demystifying metrics: 3 strategic steps to measuring students’ relationships

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In a continuation of a pattern that started prior to the pandemic, surveys from this past spring reported high levels of anxiety and depression among high schoolers.

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New survey suggests teachers’ roles post-lockdown are unsustainable. Should expectations of schooling change?

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Schools are back in-person, but that doesn’t mean things are back to normal, according to our latest survey of 684 teachers.

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5 tips to promote equity in the classroom through a focus on students’ relationships

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For as long as schools have existed, educators have been well-aware of the importance of supporting the whole child. This means that students’ access to caring, trusting relationships— who they know —is as imperative for their learning and wellbeing as what they know.

Not all charity is created equal: 3 questions charitable organizations need to ask themselves

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Despite the financial setbacks faced by many in 2020, charitable giving rose to an all-time high. Global giving statistics aren’t collected, but in the United States people donated a record $471 billion dollars to charitable organizations, the equivalent of 2.25% of the county’s GDP for that year.

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3 Templates for Uncomplicating Your Product Management Process

In this workbook, you’ll find a comprehensive set of templates product development and cross-functional teams can adopt to better leverage your existing skills and your data.

Healthcare has an accessibility problem—disruptive innovations can help

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The healthcare system in the United States is expensive and riddled with logistical and systemic barriers, all of which add up to a lack of accessibility. A 2020 study found that almost 25% of Americans skipped out on medical care because of the cost.

Global Prosperity: Our top 10 blogs of 2021

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2021 started with a ray of hope that life would “return to normal” after multiple COVID-19 vaccines were released. That hope quickly dissipated once new variants began to emerge, followed by a resurgence of the virus in many countries around the world.

Brazilian innovators should look to companies in growth markets—not Silicon Valley—for inspiration

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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.

To improve individual lives, a top-down approach won’t work (Part 1)

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In the health care industry, we have settled on the term ‘social determinants of health’ to refer to the societal, population-level structures that influence health outcomes.

6 Strategies for Using Actionable Data to Impact Student Success

Educators need effective tools to drive student success. The trend to use actionable, comprehensive data—like attendance, assessments, grades, and more—is an effective way to give teachers the visibility they need to make a difference. Videri gives teachers and administrators access to comprehensive, integrated data so they can easily filter, drill down, and analyze data—to get the information that they really need, when they need it, and improve student outcomes. Download the eBook today!