• 5 Best Practices For Reimagining Professional Learning This Year

    Investing in people is critical if the promise of next gen learning is to be realized. It’s educators who help create and enable personalization. Educators put technology to use. Educators co-design and co-operatively manage learning environments (along with students, parents and other...

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  • School’s Out for the Summer! Revisiting the Hypotheses Behind Next Gen Learning

    Revisiting the Hypotheses Behind Next Gen Learning Many of NGLC’s school models are based on working hypotheses about how schools might be better designed to meet student needs. As we wrap up this academic year, it’s a good time to reflect on the hypotheses behind next gen learning, so...

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  • Finding True North: A Joyful Learning Experience at Valor Collegiate Academy

    What comes to mind when you read the words “high performing charter middle school?” Maybe something positive...innovative autonomies? results-driven?...or something a bit sketchier...drill and kill? selective enrollment? boutique-y, not scalable? How about joyful? Did the word joy...

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  • Exceptional Ideas and Practical Solutions for Next Gen Learning in K-12 Schools

    Reimagining how students learn involves tackling a multidimensional challenge head-on. So when NGLC shifted its K-12 grantmaking away from middle school learning technologies to move toward whole school models that completely transformed learning, we knew we were challenging the field to build on...

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  • K-12 Roundup of Tools and Resources: Supporting Personalized Learning with the Students at the Center Hub

    In the last Roundup of Tools and Resources, I shared my perspective as a former teacher: Every day, teachers do the hard work of facilitating and supporting student learning. I had the opportunity to connect with practitioners recently at New England Secondary School Consortium’s annual...

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  • K-12 Roundup of Tools and Resources: Distributed Leadership

    Scholars argue that when teachers are involved in decision making, they feel a greater sense of ownership which leads to strengthened commitment to organizational goals. Makes perfect sense to me! In my nine years as a classroom teacher, I was most empowered when involved in making decisions for...

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  • Operating a Next Gen School: New Organizational Models for K-12 Schools

    How do you operate a school? If you’re trying to improve student outcomes by changing up teaching and learning through blended, competency-based, and personalized learning, the typical operational trappings of what makes a school a school—a principal, one teacher for X number of...

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  • NGLC Schools Take On Competency-Based Learning

    Over the winter, I worked with NGLC’s newest grantees to create profiles of their school models. As I worked with them to identify key features of their academic models, I got to see how different elements of their innovative approach to learning intersect and work together. I’m...

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  • K-12 Roundup of Digital Tools & Content

    My greatest challenge as a K-12 breakthrough model implementer: the dearth of platform options and lack of high quality software/digital content. I am pleased to report, however, that there are many more options and helpful tools today than were available back in 2009. You’re probably...

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  • 10 Principles to Move Your School Toward Distributive Leadership

    Author: Dr. Nicole Assisi, CEO, Thrive Public Schools The most intimidating part of leading and teaching in a blended learning school is not the technology. It is not the data crunching, either. In fact, the scariest part of blending and personalizing learning is giving up control. Giving up...

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