The Rearview Mirror: The NGLC Blog in November

Today is the day that Wave IV Breakthrough School Models Launch grant applications are due. NGLC’s program officer Sarah Luchs offered some advice earlier this month about Choosing the Right Scaling Strategy for Your School Model for applicants to assist with a key aspect of the Request for Proposals. This post is just one within our collection of blog posts to assist Wave IV applicants. Two others in the collection are reflections from this past month’s iNACOL Blended and Online Learning Symposium:

  • Lessons for Launching a Breakthrough Model School detailed the advice from four NGLC breakthrough school developers given during a general session at the symposium.
  • Starting Out on the Right Foot pulled advice for model launch (in a new or redesigned school) from a gathering of NGLC grantees around onboarding students and teachers, digital content, digital assessment, and firefighting operational issues.

In Trending Now: Postsecondary, a monthly feature on the NGLC blog, Nancy Millichap examined the College Board’s new report, Education Pays 2013, along with a primer on prior learning and competency-based education from the New America Foundation.

The SUNY Learning Network was funded by NGLC in our very first wave of funding. The lead administrators of the grant wrote two posts about some unique elements of their grant: learning concierges, online student commons, and a text chat feature. In the SUNY Learning Network, Learning Concierges Smooth the Way and Supporting Online Students with an Online Student Commons and Text Chat provided an inside look into how these unique elements supported students’ learning and success.

And Supporting Teachers of Middle School Math from grantee Imagine Education’s Scott Laidlaw, Jennifer Lightwood, and Martha Riecks presented how a new national conference for middle school math teachers evolved from their grant work to pilot the educational game Ko’s Journey.

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