• 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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  • Activate Instruction Helps Summit Public Schools Personalize Learning

    NGLC has embarked upon a new publication series, Next Gen Tools. Today, we share with you the first brief in the series, Next Gen Tools: Activate Instruction. Summit Public Schools teamed up with Illuminate Education and the Girard Education Foundation to create this free, open, and web-based...

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  • The Rearview Mirror: The NGLC Blog in January

    One of the big ideas that NGLC’s Holly Morris took away from the Big Ideas Fest was that, “Any team can create an innovative idea with the frame of a plan…in three days” (see Three Big Ideas from ISKME’s Big Ideas Fest). Well, a team of higher education change agents...

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  • Getting the Most Out of Skill Practice

    By Cristina Heffernan, ASSISTments at Worcester Polytechnic Institute Practicing skills is important. But what is the right amount of practice and how much does a delay in feedback reduce its effectiveness? Should practice be spaced out over time? The ASSISTments project at Worcester Polytechnic...

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  • The Rearview Mirror: The NGLC Blog in December

    Happy New Year! NGLC welcomes 2014 with renewed hope that the hard work of creating breakthrough change in education will continue. Can you picture yet what the future of education looks like? At NGLC, our new year’s resolution is to continue to learn how technology can best be used by...

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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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  • Next Gen Schools Thriving in Detroit

    By: Staff from Getting Smart   Editor’s Note: NGLC partnered up with CEE-Trust to host a “Detroit Study Tour” (in November!) that served in part as a convening of NGLC Breakthrough School Models grantees. Grantees representing 28 funded school models were brought together...

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  • Lessons for Launching a Breakthrough Model School

    At last week’s iNACOL conference, four leaders of NGLC-funded breakthrough schools shared lessons learned from their Year One launch of a new personalized, competency-based, blended learning school. The panel included Louise Waters of Leadership Public Schools, Oliver Sicat of USC Hybrid High...

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  • NGLC Releases Updated Profiles of Postsecondary Grantees

    One year ago, NGLC announced the grant recipients of its “Breakthrough Models for College Completion” funding wave (fondly referred to here as Wave IIIb). The ten pioneering institutions of higher education that were selected for funding set out to redefine the ways in which students...

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