• 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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  • The 2015 Breakthrough Models Academy: Fresh Thinking for Higher Ed

    The Breakthrough Models Academy is off and running! Is it possible to gather a roomful of higher ed professionals with the expectation that—in one week—they’ll produce a project idea capable of shaking up academia? If the past couple days at the Breakthrough Models Academy are...

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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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  • Expectations for the Next Generation Digital Learning Environment

    Author: Malcolm Brown Director, EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative   A Response to Bloggers' Comments In early May, EDUCAUSE published a white paper that summarized its research on the successor to the learning management system (LMS). We called this the next-generation digital learning...

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  • (More) K-12 Tools & Resources: Competency-based Education

    In today’s roundup, I’m focusing on proficiency-based learning resources from the Great Schools Partnership (GSP), a nonprofit organization headquartered in Portland, Maine. These resources complement the competency-based education tools and resources in my recent blogs; Part I...

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  • The Inside Story: NGLC Regional Funds for Breakthrough Schools

    Today, roughly one year after launching the Regional Funds for Breakthrough Schools, NGLC announced that 49 next gen schools selected by the six regional partners will join the existing national cohort of 41+ schools to create a portfolio total of 90. This press release tells the story of today...

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  • Building Ecosystem Excellence: New Orleans Celebrates Students, Teachers, Schools

    Did you see this great video posted on New Schools New Orleans (NSNO) Facebook page? #proofpointday (NGLC originally mentioned the event here.) Now there’s more news to celebrate. Last week, NSNO recognized the important role and contribution of excellent teachers in the city. Celebrating...

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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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  • New Orleans Invests in College Readiness

    A snapshot of student success in the nation’s largest K-12 charter market Search for #nolaed, #SeniorShoutOut, or #reachhigher on Twitter, and you’ll stumble upon some very promising exchanges. This year, the city of New Orleans will graduate over 2500 high school seniors...

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  • A Breakthrough Game Design for Student Success

    By: Victoria (Tori) Mondelli 2010 was a good year. Next Generation Learning Challenges (NGLC) was founded as an education reform initiative, and I discovered the value of learning games from my colleagues in the CUNY Games Network.   Fast-forward to the summer of 2014, and I find myself...

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