• Leading and Designing for Equity in Oakland

    In our blog series on equity, we’ve periodically featured the work of regional partners. These partners represent the seven regional hubs actively cultivating local learning networks, next gen school designs, and self-directed professional learning communities. In this edition, we allow our...

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  • Resources to Reimagine Professional Learning

    Teachers are learners, too. In an event releasing a new report from the National Commission on Teaching & America’s Future yesterday, Rachel Hull passionately explained how as a teacher she differentiated instruction for her students. She did it because it was expected of her and because...

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  • Why Aren’t We Talking about Culturally Responsive Education in Next Gen Learning?

    Those of us in the next gen learning space are ignoring a great opportunity. Something that could propel next gen learning to be the force we say we want it to be: one that fundamentally changes the life trajectories of the students we serve. Culturally Responsive Education I’ve been...

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  • This Month in Next Generation Learning

    In the Words of Students Transforming Rural K-12 Education Through Blended Learning: Student Perspectives, Michigan Virtual Learning Research Institute “... I thought it was fun just to be able to go and search about these different battles and learning new things you probably wouldn...

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  • Science Leadership Academy: What will you create today?

    Science Leadership Academy (SLA) is a selective district high school that opened in September 2006. “How do we learn?” — “What can we create?” — “What does it mean to lead?” These are the three essential questions that form the basis of instruction at...

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  • How Misconceptions About Competency Education Could Undermine Equity

    Author: Chris Sturgis This post originally appeared on CompetencyWorks. For several years, the fields of personalized learning, competency-based education, and blended learning were having definitional issues with the terms often being used either synonymously or to describe very discrete...

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  • How Competency Education Drives Equity

    Author: Chris Sturgis This post originally appeared on CompetencyWorks. Equity is at the heart of competency education. It developed in response to the time-based A-F graded system, which allows students to advance without prerequisite skills and results in harmful variation of proficiency...

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  • Addressing Equity Issues in Personalized, Competency-Based Learning

    Author: Chris Sturgis This post originally appeared on CompetencyWorks. Innovators and early adopters of competency education want to do right by kids. This means being empowered to make decisions that are based on the educational and developmental needs of students – not responding...

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  • Measuring Success of Innovative School Practices

    Authors: Dalia Hochman and Saro Mohammed Both of our organizations—NGLC and The Learning Accelerator (TLA)—support educators working to bring new ideas to schools. We may call these ideas different things such as  “personalized learning”’ or “blended...

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  • Constant Learning and Creative Response: Charting the Course in Personalized Learning

    Authors: Janice Vargo and Mike Wolking At Education Elements we try to walk the walk of personalized learning. We strive to make our workshops interactive, upbeat, and fun. We create space for spirited large and small group discussion, and we honor time for quiet individual processing and...

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