• Mindsets and the New Brain Science

    The advantages found in next gen learning models including greater personalization to meet individual needs, increased ownership (voice and choice), and a holistic commitment to meeting the learner’s social and emotional needs. Similarly, My Ways provides a promising framework to focus on...

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  • Rethinking the achievement gap (Part 1)

    Author: Matthew Riggan This post originally appeared on workshopschool.org on March 19, 2016. There are a lot of ways to think about equity, and a lot of ways to think about achievement. In the ed reform world, the most common is what we call the achievement gap: the quantifiable difference in...

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  • iPersonalize: Fullerton School District’s Augmented Reality Game

    The students in Ms. Hall’s eighth grade English class leave their ordinary teenage lives behind when they enter the classroom. Donning secret agent glasses and briefcases, with carefully created avatars, the heroes engage in personalized quests to save the world from the villains of Captain...

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  • Using Space to Realize a Next Gen Learning Vision

    Have you read the book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing? It’s essential message is: surround yourself only with things that inspire joy. It’s revolutionizing how many of us think about our home and office spaces, but what about our...

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  • Students Design, Tinker, Create and Discover through Maker-based Learning

    Yes, I made that! What are you making? This little phrase is having a big impact on how students and teachers think about and engage in learning. At the core of the maker movement and its signature festival events is a desire to design, tinker, create, and discover. Maker Faires and creativity...

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  • Postsecondary Trending Now: What is Higher Education’s Role in Citizenship?

    This past week has been one of the most important in American civic life, at least in my lifetime. SCOTUS and POTUS have both been busy imprinting the pages with historic rulings and commentary that will shape our democracy in permanent ways, from healthcare to painful introspection on the...

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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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  • 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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