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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.

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.


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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.

To boost vaccination rates, policymakers should look to Jobs Theory

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With the start of the new year many Americans are facing the harsh reality that major problems in our society are following us into 2021. However, one reassuring aspect of the new year is the rollout of COVID vaccines, which started last December.

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.

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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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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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.

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.

Colleges weighed down by failed program launches

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As many colleges and universities face not only the financial strains stemming from COVID-19, but also the challenges of a broken business model that was in peril before the pandemic, many have sought to dig themselves out by launching new programs that generate new revenue.

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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.

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.

In 2021, teachers hold a key to transforming conventional instruction

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As we enter 2021 and the COVID-19 pandemic wears on, no doubt predictions will abound about the transformations that may result from a year of thoroughly unconventional schooling.

The #EndSARS movement is about more than ending police brutality in Nigeria

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Image source: Flickr, Steve Eason. If a government chooses to fire live ammunition at citizens who are peacefully protesting, then the social contract between citizen and State is fundamentally broken.

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From surviving to thriving: 3 designs that could revolutionize student supports

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Late last year, Britain’s Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills (OFSTED) published a series of reports on the variables that helped or hindered students’ ability to cope during the pandemic. The bottom line?

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.

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.

USAID INVEST: A step in the right direction

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Mira Mehta is on a mission. Through her company Tomato Jos , she hopes to make tomato paste affordable to the average Nigerian, increase local farmers’ income by making tomato farming more productive, and make tomato processing, distribution, and sales more profitable for entrepreneurs.

Employer-based college programs aren’t just enduring, they’re growing

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Conventional wisdom is that higher education is countercyclical. During recessions, and periods of high unemployment, people use the time to go back to school and upskill. .

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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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.

2020 roundup: What we learned from #InnovatorsCreatingProsperity

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Looking back, many will remember 2020 as the year of the pandemic. Although this past year has undoubtedly been a crucible moment for governments, healthcare organizations, educators, frontline workers, and virtually every person on the planet, it’s also been defined by immense innovation.

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.

The untapped parent potential: How COVID has activated families and why schools should take heed

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Alarm bells of the COVID-19 slide have activated parents to organize and redesign their children’s learning experiences in unprecedented ways. Many parents are continuing to reject school reopening plans to instead opt into microschools.

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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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.

It’s not all bad: What we learned about healthcare in 2020

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The year is almost over, and what a whirlwind of a year it was. This time last year, no one expected 2020 to be filled with toilet paper shortages or family gatherings via Zoom. Yet here we are, nine months later, adjusting to a new world and hoping the vaccinations will be distributed soon.

Informal economies leave workers vulnerable; new markets help businesses make the leap

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2020 has been a tough year for most people, but the world’s two billion informal workers and their families have been hardest hit. Informal economies exist everywhere, but an estimated 93% of the world’s informal workers live in emerging economies.

Online peer learning: A growing trend sees two different approaches

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During COVID, essential ingredients for learning are in short supply. Many factors are driving a decrease in undergraduate enrollments this year, but community college students in particular report suffering from limited access to their professors for academic support.

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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.

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.

3 lessons from 2020 that will guide our global prosperity work in 2021

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This time last year, no one could have foreseen the dramatic way in which 2020’s challenges would alter people’s lives around the world.

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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.

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.

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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How Online Admissions Affect Enrollment Rates

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