• Blended Learning Classroom Design at Merit Prep

    How do you design a space for next gen learning? At Merit Prep in Newark, New Jersey, personalized learning means that students advance through material at their own pace and demonstrate mastery of standards in ways that reflect critical thinking and creativity. They work through a daily playlist...

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  • LA's Incubator School Attracts BBC Coverage

    Young entrepreneurs tend to get noticed. They take risks, challenge the status quo, and on occasion, reinvent entire industries. Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg even had a feature film created about his meteoric rise from Ivy League college student to CEO of one of the world’s most...

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  • Best of the Blog: June 2014

    June’s hot summer days brought some very big announcements, national debates, and partnerships into the spotlight on the NGLC blog. Current topics included college readiness and completion, funding and assessment in K-12 schools, tackling next gen learning terminology, and accessibility and...

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  • Moving Towards Next Gen Learning

    *Reposted with permission from GettingSmart.com Raise your hand if you have uttered any of the following phrases in the past week: Blended learning Competency-based learning Personalized learning Digital learning Online learning Connected learning Deeper...

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  • In One Year, SC Turnaround School Pulls a Stunning 180

    Imagine if you were part of a group that was least likely, statistically speaking, to graduate high school within four years. What would you expect for your future? If anything, the words ‘low performing, high poverty’ convey an image of a dire academic environment. In South Carolina...

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  • Building a Breakthrough Model School

    An insider’s perspective Building a Breakthrough Model School has its share of challenges. Trust me; I know. I come to the NGLC staff as a former Breakthrough Models for College Readiness grant recipient, in which I was one of 20 school operators across the country supported to develop...

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  • Can Physical Spaces Inspire Innovation?

    Someone once told me that the walls of my high school were painted pale yellow and blue because those colors had a calming effect. If true, the purpose was clear: maintaining order was important in my public suburban high school. When it comes to today’s breakthrough school models like those...

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  • UCF’s Blendkit Takes Center Stage in MOOC Launching April 21

    Become a blended learning designer by Memorial Day? It’s a possibility, thanks to a first-of-its-kind partnership between EDUCAUSE and the University of Central Florida, a 2011 NGLC Building Blocks grantee. EDUCAUSE has announced a five-week open course on blended learning, in partnership...

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  • Trending Now: Postsecondary

    In January’s  “Trending Now: Postsecondary” post, Kristen Vogt called attention to a Center for American Progress (CAP) report that pointed to competency-based credentials as a way to provide employers with more confidence in the capabilities of higher education graduates....

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  • Activate Instruction Helps Summit Public Schools Personalize Learning

    NGLC has embarked upon a new publication series, Next Gen Tools. Today, we share with you the first brief in the series, Next Gen Tools: Activate Instruction. Summit Public Schools teamed up with Illuminate Education and the Girard Education Foundation to create this free, open, and web-based...

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