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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 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.


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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.

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.

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.

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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Problems, solutions, and outcomes; a big misunderstanding in development

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The first time I visited a village in Nigeria where people didn’t have access to water, I instantly wanted to solve the problem. The solution seemed simple enough: build a water well. So, with the help of friends and family I raised $10,000 and built a well in the village. It worked—for a bit.

How to have it both ways: deeper learning and broad content coverage

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Jal Mehta and Sarah Fine’s recent book, In Search of Deeper Learning , makes a powerful case for the importance of deeper learning in K–12 schools.

The power of peer networks to help students rebound during and after COVID-19

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A recent synthesis of student surveys during the pandemic, compiled by the Center on Reinventing Public Education, revealed a stark reality about students’ experiences this year.

The SaaS Guide to Conversion Rate Optimization

Every SaaS business has a strategic responsibility to improve Conversion Rate Optimization across their product or site. Learn 7 detailed steps to infuse data into your process, surface customer drop-off points, and generate ideas to drive conversion.

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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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?

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.

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.

The Ultimate Guide to Conversion Rate Optimization

Every business has a strategic responsibility to improve Conversion Rate Optimization across their product or site. Learn 7 detailed steps to infuse data into your process, surface customer drop-off points, and generate ideas to drive conversion.

Continuing blended learning in the fall? Keep these 9 steps in mind for success.

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Blended learning—the integration of online learning into brick-and-mortar school settings—has gained traction, if also notoriety, during the pandemic. Traction because the hybrid arrangements that many schools turned to this year largely rely on blended learning.

When best practices aren’t best: A look at Gridworks

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I recently read a headline decrying that in the year 2021, more than 600 million people in Africa have no access to electricity, and hundreds of millions of others who do only have access to unreliable, unpredictable, and intermittent power.

Could libraries become the newest healthcare hotspot?

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As is the case for many others, the library has played an instrumental role in my life.

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.

Wireless Projecting with Google Meet

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

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.

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.

Social determinants of health finally gained recognition thanks to COVID and America’s racial reckoning

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It’s becoming increasingly obvious that health status is not just about medical care. Nationwide health initiatives, such as Healthy People 2030, have recognized and incorporated social needs as an integral part of health status.

Two new reports shed new light on social networks to support social mobility

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At last month’s JFF Horizons conference, I had the pleasure of sitting down with two researchers leading cutting-edge research on measuring social capital among learners and workers: Kwadwo Frimpong of Brookings and Ben Houltberg of the Search Institute.

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.

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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By fall, every child should have an individualized learning plan

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As schools turn the page on this school year and plan for the fall, personalizing for each child will be critical. Estimates of students’ unfinished learning vary, but most suggest that for many students, there’s a lot of ground to cover.

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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Is K–12 transformation post-COVID realistic?

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The COVID-19 pandemic caused major upheavals in K–12 schools over the last year. Concurrently, protests for racial justice sparked critical conversations in K–12 schools.

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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.

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.

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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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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Job Prospects for “Generation Limbo”

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Going to school and getting a job are, it turns out, two very different pursuits. The reality is that when it comes to finding job opportunities, the skills, knowledge, and potential that schools are designed to foster are only part of the game.

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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.