• The Foundations of Next Generation Learning - Essential Resources

    NGLC’s Sarah Luchs recently talked with the Michigan Virtual Learning Research Institute as part of the organization’s Multiple Viewpoints podcast series. She describes the research and field base that informs the design and results of the school models in the NGLC network, particularly...

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  • Comprehensive Learner Records and Personalized Learning Plans

    It’s no secret that grades on a transcript don’t capture what a student actually learns in college. Traditional transcripts offer just the facts: a course name, a final grade, the number of credits earned, a cumulative grade point average. The limitations of the transcript are...

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  • How Next Gen Learning Can Support Student Agency

    Student agency is one of the reasons why next gen learning looks and feels different from traditional instructional practices. Despite the best of intentions, whole group instruction that is teacher-centered or curriculum-centered tends to ignore the agency of individual students to own their...

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  • Set the Stage for Personalized Learning in Your Classroom

    On NGLC’s Personalized Learning topics page, we state, “In an education model where students are truly at the center, learning is tailored to individual students' strengths, needs, and personal interests. Learning opportunities take into account existing knowledge, skills, and...

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  • Bay Blends Advance Personalized Learning

    Author: Tom Vander Ark This blog post originally appeared on GettingSmart.com. Earlier this month we visited seven Bay Area schools from our elementary and secondary schools worth visiting lists. When it comes to innovation, the Bay Area is a great place to see a wide range of schools doing...

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  • 5 Personalized Learning Practices in NGLC Grantee Schools

    How do you know when a school is a personalized learning school? The RAND Corporation went about answering that question as part of Continued Progress: Promising Evidence on Personalized Learning, a report for the Gates Foundation that found positive achievement results in math and reading for...

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  • From “Shock and Awe” to Systemic Enabling

    The successful, bipartisan (what?) effort to revamp the nation’s core set of K-12 education laws essentially puts an end to one generation-long era of school reform – let’s call it Standards Push – and ushers in the next. It’s too soon to label this new era, but there...

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  • Personalized Learning is (Still) Promising

    A second year of data is in, and personalized learning is still promising. (For a recap of the first year of data, see my post from last year.) The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the RAND Corporation released Continued Progress: Promising Evidence on Personalized Learning last month....

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  • Mastery/Competency-Based Feedback Boosting Student Engagement

    Author: Ron Drabkin, Vice President of Marketing, OpenEd John Gawin, a teacher at University Academy in Kansas City, has recently switched to using online tools for formative assessment.  Based on his reading of the literature, his expectation was that formative assessment would help him...

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  • Student Agency is What Counts

    Author: Keara Duggan, Education Elements With the forthcoming MyWays project, currently released in beta form for pilot use by NGLC grantees, NGLC has been pushing the field of next gen learning on questions of how we measure success. One question in particular resonated with me: How do we...

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