• What’s New About Next Gen Learning?

    I was recently in touch with a former teaching colleague of mine. When I told her about my work at NGLC, she teased me: “Dalia, it seems like you’re always working on these faddish reforms—isn’t ‘Next Gen’ or ‘personalized’ learning simply a new label...

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  • Postsecondary Trending Now: Too Many Students Start College But Don’t Finish

    Those of us who want to fix what’s broken in our education system tend to focus on problems. Before I get into one of those problems—the significant number of students who start college but don’t finish—I want to celebrate some positive news. It comes from the K-12 space,...

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  • A Shout Out for Learning Technology’s Role in Middle School Student Achievement

    Author: Judith A. Pirani This marks the final post in my blog series about NGLC’s Building Blocks for College Readiness program, with takeaways to advance 7-9th graders’ math and literacy skills. NGLC recognized that middle school students’ proficiency in these areas has far-...

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  • Do Your Homework to Catalyze Tech-Enabled Change

    Author: Judith A. Pirani How can we best prepare 7-9th graders academically for college and lifelong success? My blog series explores technology’s role in the answer: My first post discussed this critical question—and the U.S.’s ineffective response—more fully,...

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  • Can Technology Boost Middle School Math & Literacy Standards?

    Author: Judith A. Pirani My recent blog series explored how to promote college or university students’ success with NGLC ‘s Building Blocks for College Completion technology-enabled solutions. This blog is the start of a new series with a similar slant, but this time I focus on...

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  • Personalized Learning in Practice: Finding Exemplars of K-12 Customized Education

    Where can you see personalized learning in practice? I’m in the Bay Area this week where we’re seeing several good school models: Summit Denali, Alpha, and Design Tech, just to name a few. NGLC is in the company of some of the country’s most innovative educators. These schools...

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  • Postsecondary Trending Now: Personalized Learning in K-12

    At NGLC, we see many places where higher ed and K-12 can learn from each other. Especially in tech-enabled innovations designed to dramatically improve outcomes for students. When you get into the details, higher ed and K-12 are worlds apart, but the truth is that college readiness and college...

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  • Evidence of Personalized Learning Practices in NGLC Schools

    Earlier this month, I shared my take on the key findings of student achievement in the RAND Corporation’s study of 23 personalized learning schools. To boil it down, the early results are “promising.” The study found widespread growth in math and reading scores across schools...

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  • Personalized Learning Movement Grows in D.C.

    7 K-12 Schools to Receive Breakthrough Schools D.C. Grants On Saturday, December 6, seven D.C.-based schools received some very good news. The CityBridge Foundation—one of NGLC’s Regional Funds for Breakthrough Schools partners—selected its second round of Breakthrough Schools D...

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  • NGLC’s “Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me"

    Real stories of launching and running personalized learning schools Borrowing from the games of NPR’s radio quiz show, “Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me,” four school leaders from the NGLC network share the hard-won lessons of launching, running, and evolving their blended,...

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