• 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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  • The Importance of Social Emotional Learning in K-12 Education

    By: Nicole Assisi, Ed. D., CEO, Thrive Public Schools & Shelli Kurth, Dean, Thrive School Why is it that we feel so strongly that blended learning must be paired with Social Emotional Learning?   At Thrive, we believe the greater purpose of learning is not only to learn to DO, but also...

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  • Postsecondary Trending Now: Data-Driven Analytics

    In one of my former professional lives, I spent nearly a decade as a leadership coach. Much of my time was devoted to helping clients make decisions both big and small.  Over the course of that career, I came to the conclusion that the best decisions take into account three things: values, gut...

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  • Blended Learning Classroom Design at Merit Prep

    How do you design a space for next gen learning? At Merit Prep in Newark, New Jersey, personalized learning means that students advance through material at their own pace and demonstrate mastery of standards in ways that reflect critical thinking and creativity. They work through a daily playlist...

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  • Can Physical Spaces Inspire Innovation?

    Someone once told me that the walls of my high school were painted pale yellow and blue because those colors had a calming effect. If true, the purpose was clear: maintaining order was important in my public suburban high school. When it comes to today’s breakthrough school models like those...

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  • Breakthrough Schools Profiles: a guide to Next Gen Learning

    One of the hardest things about engaging in the work of transforming schools is getting a clear picture in your mind about what you’re moving to and why. It can be hard to let go of the familiar and known aspects of the “old-school” school model and intentionally embrace the new...

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  • NGLC Updates Profiles of 27 Breakthrough Schools

    Last November, NGLC put a set of publications out into the world – very brief, one-page front-back profiles of our newest grantees – and the response was overwhelmingly positive. The publications are a mix of narrative, graphic images, and at-a-glance numbers that give educators a...

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  • What We Learned at the Inaugural Breakthrough Models Academy

    “What a week!” That was what one member of the inaugural Breakthrough Models Academy  posted to the group listserv as the participants dispersed. We had just spent an intensive week together in Cambridge, July 13-19, during the residential portion of the program. The Breakthrough...

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  • Beyond Clickers: Increasing Student Learning through In-class Polling using Web-enabled Devices

    Author: Bill Junkin, Eckerd College The research is in, and it shows that in-class polling can greatly increase student learning.* Maybe this happens because students are more involved, or because discussion with peers helps them, or because instructors can find out when to move to new material...

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