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Topic: Educational Change

Learning that Connects

Learning that Connects

When my daughter was a sophomore in high school and was having a rough week at school, struggling to get through her accelerated academic work, she decided to stay off Tumblr for a week. She’s pretty active on Tumblr, her social media platform of choice. When she tells me her... Read the full article >
Reinventing the Report Card

Reinventing the Report Card

A “perfect storm” is accelerating the pace of change in education at both the K-12 and higher education levels. Stimulated by technologies that are ever more powerful, more available and less expensive, as well as new standards, global competition, increasing costs, more and better data on student learning and other... Read the full article >
“You Say You Want a Revolution”

“You Say You Want a Revolution”

John Lennon’s immortal words apply to our quest to redesign America’s education system. One that is better for all stakeholders, especially our students. Our challenge: How do we extract ourselves from this century plus, time-based dinosaur of a public education system that we find ourselves stuck in? I had a... Read the full article >
Defining Learner Success in the Digital Age

Defining Learner Success in the Digital Age

According to Buckminster Fuller (1981), who first identified the “Knowledge Doubling Curve” and is recognized for the invention of the geodesic dome, human knowledge doubled approximately every century until around 1900, but by the end of World War II was doubling every 25 years. Although the growth of knowledge may... Read the full article >
Getting Students Ready for a Fast-Changing World

Getting Students Ready for a Fast-Changing World

We will not be able to simply ride our way into the future.  We’ll have to invent our way into the future. As we moved headlong into the Great Recession, Jeff Immelt, CEO of General Electric, declared, “The economic crisis doesn’t represent a cycle.  It represents a reset.  It’s an... Read the full article >
How World of Warcraft Saved Me and My Education

How World of Warcraft Saved Me and My Education

I am not a teacher, administrator, instructional specialist or assessment expert. I am a student; one of the least heard voices in the education reform movement, though it is a movement that has been forged for the sake of my generation and those following. As a student, I can share... Read the full article >
The Unique Policy Opportunities Afforded by Today’s Funding Challenges

The Unique Policy Opportunities Afforded by Today’s Funding Challenges

As the nation continues to recover from the worst recession since the Great Depression, it is becoming abundantly clear that the funding levels of our nation’s schools are not going to return to pre-recession levels. This funding crisis presents an unprecedented opportunity to recreate the current K-12 landscape. The impact... Read the full article >
Creating a Personalized Learning Experience

Creating a Personalized Learning Experience

At Santa Rita Elementary School in Los Altos, Calif., a scene unfolded in 2010 not too different from scenes in schools around the country. A fifth-grade student, Jack, started the year at the bottom of his class in math. He struggled to keep up and considered himself one of those... Read the full article >
Building Personalized Learning Environments

Building Personalized Learning Environments

The idea of creating environments that are learner-centered sounds attractive. However, developing a culture around learners and building systems to support learner-centered environments takes time and a process. Most teachers join the teaching profession to make a difference in children’s lives. Then reality sets in with their daily practices when... Read the full article >
Beyond Numbers and Letters: The Need for a Balanced Approach to Prepare Students Pre-K and Up

Beyond Numbers and Letters: The Need for a Balanced Approach to Prepare Students Pre-K and Up

The national conversation about K-12 education today seems to revolve around the holy grails of math and reading achievement. Schools are held accountable and graded by students’ test scores, and more and more classroom time is dedicated to drilling square roots and vocabulary, even as art and music programs fall... Read the full article >