• 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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  • The Rearview Mirror: The NGLC Blog in January

    One of the big ideas that NGLC’s Holly Morris took away from the Big Ideas Fest was that, “Any team can create an innovative idea with the frame of a plan…in three days” (see Three Big Ideas from ISKME’s Big Ideas Fest). Well, a team of higher education change agents...

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  • No Better Choice for the Scholars We Serve

    by Carina Sitkus, Blackstone Valley Prep Mayoral Academy According to a 2012 report, more than half of incoming community college students in America enroll in remedial courses. More concerning is the fact that only 9.5% of these students who enroll in remedial classes earn a certificate or a...

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  • Blended Learning Model Types of NGLC Breakthrough Schools

    Next gen schools are incorporating blended learning in their models in order to personalize learning for students. But their choice of how to blend face-to-face and online learning depends on their mission, culture, and learning philosophy. We recently worked with the 27 K-12 breakthrough model...

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  • The Rearview Mirror: The NGLC Blog in December

    Happy New Year! NGLC welcomes 2014 with renewed hope that the hard work of creating breakthrough change in education will continue. Can you picture yet what the future of education looks like? At NGLC, our new year’s resolution is to continue to learn how technology can best be used by...

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  • Breakthrough Schools Profiles: a guide to Next Gen Learning

    One of the hardest things about engaging in the work of transforming schools is getting a clear picture in your mind about what you’re moving to and why. It can be hard to let go of the familiar and known aspects of the “old-school” school model and intentionally embrace the new...

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  • NGLC Updates Profiles of 27 Breakthrough Schools

    Last November, NGLC put a set of publications out into the world – very brief, one-page front-back profiles of our newest grantees – and the response was overwhelmingly positive. The publications are a mix of narrative, graphic images, and at-a-glance numbers that give educators a...

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