Resources to Read or Ponder over the Holidays

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iNACOL State Policy Frameworks: 5 Critical Issues to Transform K-12 Education
Maria Worthen, VP for Federal and State Policy, iNACOL
Susan Patrick, President and CEO, iNACOL

How the Nation’s Capital is Reinventing its Classrooms for the Future  from Getting Smart

When the District of Columbia Public Schools’ Chancellor Kaya Henderson announced in 2012 the launch of an ambitious plan to transform our schools, we were all very excited, albeit a little nervous. But the plan to invest in struggling schools, and focus…

Calibrating the competency conversation from Christensen Institute

If I tried to define competency-based education in the fewest words possible, I would say: in a competency-based system, students advance upon mastery. But if you haven’t already, you’ll find that the concepts of “advance,” “mastery,” and even…

Learning Forward, But Back to Basics from EdSurge

At this year’s 46th annual Learning Forward Conference, the place where professional development professionals go to geek out with one another, the buzz around technology was eclipsed by a sobering reminder that tech-enhanced PD is only as…

Asking the Right Questions: Urban Assembly Maker Academy from CompetencyWorks

Designing a school with only a blank page to start can be a daunting task. Where do you begin? Values? Themes? Needs of target population? Instructional approach? I couldn’t stop thinking about design at the very, very new UA Maker (the twenty…

Blue Sky Thinking from Academic Entrepreneurs from Next Generation Learning Challenges

Blue skies! What a great holiday gift! Mine came early this year, and I’m not talking about the unseasonably warm and sunny weather we’ve been experiencing in Seattle. I’m talking about the Breakthrough Models Academy 2014 cohort projects. The…

A Taste of Victory, Finally, at a Struggling Newark School from NJ Spotlight

The scene could have come from any school principal’s dream, but there it was before Erskine Glover’s eyes, happening in reality. It was the first day of the 2014-2015 academic year at Quitman Street Renew School. Students and teachers were…

Schools replace snow days with online classes from Courier-Journal

On a Monday morning in November, Louisville awoke to it’s first snow day of the school year. With a layer of white covering lawns and roadways, Mercy Academy geometry teacher Amy Wheatley scrapped that day’s plan and came up with a new one…

Virtual school provides educational alternative from Columbia Star

Online schools have provided students an alternative to traditional public schools. South Carolina Connections Academy, a tuition-free, online school that enrolls kindergarten to 12th grade students, serves students with the flexibility that…

EducationSuperHighway’s New Network Guide Enables Blended Learning Infrastructure from The Learning Accelerator

Improving K-12 Internet connectivity is essential to blended learning and improving K-12 education. EducationSuperHighway, a non-profit focused on upgrading Internet access for every classroom in America, recently released its Network Essentials for…

The “Handbook of Research on K-12 Online and Blended Learning” now available from Keeping Pace

As digital learning becomes increasingly common, the need for new and up to date information is growing as well. But as editors of the new Handbook of Research on K-12 Online and Blended Learning describe, “many [researchers] new to the field…

SETDA launches digital learning implementation guide from eSchool News

A new and free resource addressing six focus areas aims to help school leaders implement digital learning initiatives effectively. The Guide to Implementing Digital Learning (GIDL), from the State Educational Technology Directors Association…

Khan Academy’s learning tools appear in an unlikely place… the Xbox One from VentureBeat

The Xbox One is a great device for playing games, watching livestreams, or even taking in an NFL tilt. But as of last week, it’s also a gadget you can use as a learning tool. The Khan Academy debuted a free app on the Xbox One on Tuesday, Dec. 9…

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