• Closing the Credential Gap: Higher Education’s Accessibility Makeover

    The launch of the 2015 Breakthrough Models Incubator When you gather a group of university leaders from across the country together in one room, you get widely varied perspectives on the challenges unique to each of them and those they share as well. It helps when those leaders represent the...

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • How EAA’s Personalized Learning Platform Works

    Across the nation, teachers have been preparing their classrooms for a new school year, paying attention to their lesson plans, the physical space, and the resources contained within the four walls that students will use throughout the year. At the Education Achievement Authority of Michigan, an...

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  • Getting Engaged: Faculty Collaboration as an Innovation Strategy

    We’re delighted to offer you a new publication in the “Next Gen Tools” series on a topic vital to postsecondary education reform:  faculty engagement in breakthrough program design. This brief, “Faculty Engagement,” succinctly illustrates the way in which the...

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  • Considering a Hybrid Model: CSUN Workshop Convenes Faculty from Across the CSU System

    The colloquial phrase “do the math” can mean more than “figure out what’s obvious.” When it comes to college students’ choices, it often means “increase your chances of finishing a college degree.” Many studies which have examined what needs to change...

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  • Lessons Learned: Engaging Students Deeply as Project Partners

    Author: A. Daniel Johnson Senior Lecturer in Biology, Wake Forest University, and Founder of The Adapa Project Educational innovators must answer many questions for their target students: what do they already know? What tools do they need to be successful learners? What strategies will best...

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  • Follow-ups with Follow-ons: Ongoing Wave I Projects Host Workshops for New Institutions

    Workshops and conferences are popular tactics for scaling a proven innovation that uses technology to improve outcomes for students so that it attains broader adoption.  In a workshop, new adopters have hands-on opportunities to use the innovation, time with those already using the new...

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  • The North American Network of Science Labs Online: The Role of the Discipline Panels

    By Pat Shea, Project Director, Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education and Rhonda Epper, Assistant Provost, Colorado Community College System When you think about what it takes to create openly licensed courseware, inter-institutional and international faculty collaboration might...

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