• 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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  • The LMS of the Future: Exploring the Next Generation Digital Learning Environment

    Author: Malcolm Brown Director, EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative If you could replace your current LMS with any application or platform you could imagine, what would it look like? Would it be much like what you have now, but with specific improvements and enhancements?  Or would it be...

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  • Hidden Advantages of the Breakthrough Models Academy

    Author: Dustin Hilt, Simmons College While it isn’t hard to find plenty of background (here, here, and here, for example) on the Breakthrough Models Academy (BMA), it still wasn’t enough to prepare me for all of the benefits of the experience. As much as I enjoyed the official...

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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: Digital Content

    Ever wonder which math and ELA digital content your peers rely upon? I did! I scoured each of our NGLC grantees’ profiles and compiled a comprehensive list of digital content by grade cluster with a breakdown by school. This week’s post provides a snapshot of the digital content in use...

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  • Six Innovative Colorado Schools Awarded Funding

    After months of planning, reimagining and redesigning, partners in Colorado recently announced additional support for six schools in three districts. Each school will receive up to $220,000 to continue the hard work of reinventing the learning experience to better meet students' current needs...

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  • Magnolia Montessori For All: A Hybrid Model That Asks Big Questions

    In education, our work lives and family lives often intersect.  As the parent of three young children ages five and under, I sometimes feel like I’m running an educational laboratory in my own backyard. When I visit schools, I think about how my own children might experience the...

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  • Innovative Idea? It’s Going Nowhere Without the People

    Author: Tammi Cooper We’ve all heard plenty about the need for innovation in higher education. We need to change, adapt, and move faster. We see examples of innovative programs, services, and offerings at conferences and through webinars that excite us and make us believe we can do it too...

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