• 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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  • When Schools Design Their Own EdTech Platform

    Author: Al Motley Editor’s Note: This post is part of a series where Matchbook Learning’s Chief Technology Officer Al Motley examines the process his team is using to design, develop, and launch Spark 2.0, a technology platform that integrates multiple tools to create an ecosystem...

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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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  • A ‘Spark’ of Innovation at Merit Prep

    Author: Al Motley Editor’s Note: The spirit of iteration in innovation is alive and well at Merit Prep. Just this past September, Merit Prep, a Newark, NJ charter school operated by Matchbook Learning, launched Spark, a data integration tool created in-house. (See Next Gen Tools: Matchbook...

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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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  • Operating a Next Gen School: New Organizational Models for K-12 Schools

    How do you operate a school? If you’re trying to improve student outcomes by changing up teaching and learning through blended, competency-based, and personalized learning, the typical operational trappings of what makes a school a school—a principal, one teacher for X number of...

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