• 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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  • Supporting Teachers in Using Online Inquiry-Based Games

    Author: Louisa Rosenheck As part of a pilot project, we’ve been working with teachers to implement The Radix Endeavor in their classrooms. The Radix Endeavor is a Massively Multiplayer Online Game (MMOG) developed at the MIT Education Arcade; it is designed to improve learning and interest...

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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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  • Personalized Learning Grows Across New England

    The New England Secondary School Consortium (NESSC)—one of NGLC’s Regional Funds for Breakthrough Schools partners—has selected a cohort of schools across New England that will become members of NESSC’s Next Gen Personalized Learning Initiative. In all, 20 schools...

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  • A Shout Out for Learning Technology’s Role in Middle School Student Achievement

    Author: Judith A. Pirani This marks the final post in my blog series about NGLC’s Building Blocks for College Readiness program, with takeaways to advance 7-9th graders’ math and literacy skills. NGLC recognized that middle school students’ proficiency in these areas has far-...

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  • Confessions of an EdTech Company: Learning to Learn

    Authors: Amara Humphry and Donna Park Ed + Tech ≠ EdTech Ed + Tech = Learning Heidi Haugen is a high school biology teacher. True to her subject, her classroom is alive in all corners. Tanks of salmon eggs, geckos, rodents, and Madagascar hissing cockroaches line the walls. And tucked...

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  • Symbols of Our Learning Part II: Next Gen K-12 Instruction in NYC

    Happy 2015! This is a good time of year to reflect on where we have been and where we are going. As part of the reflection process,  I am launching a K-12 Notes from the Field blog series to highlight individual schools, components of academic models, or tools being used by teachers and...

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  • Blue Sky Thinking from Academic Entrepreneurs

    Announcing the 2014 Breakthrough Models Academy Projects Blue skies! What a great holiday gift! Mine came early this year, and I’m not talking about the unseasonably warm and sunny weather we’ve been experiencing in Seattle. I’m talking about the Breakthrough Models Academy 2014...

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  • Evidence of Personalized Learning Practices in NGLC Schools

    Earlier this month, I shared my take on the key findings of student achievement in the RAND Corporation’s study of 23 personalized learning schools. To boil it down, the early results are “promising.” The study found widespread growth in math and reading scores across schools...

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  • Technology & Change: Perspectives on the Role of Faculty

    I just got new glasses. It’s amazing what I can see now that I couldn’t see before. I begin here because I am going to advocate that all of higher ed get some new glasses. Because the way we are looking at the role of faculty isn’t helpful to moving forward. We all want the same...

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