• The 10 Best Next Gen Learning Blogs in 2014

    What were the best-of-the-best posts on the Next Gen Learning blog this year? I have no doubt that you will be inspired to change the future of education when you read these crowd-pleasers: The Innovators Next Door: Empire State College-SUNY Ventures into Competency-Based Education Holly Morris...

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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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  • Personalized Learning Movement Grows in D.C.

    7 K-12 Schools to Receive Breakthrough Schools D.C. Grants On Saturday, December 6, seven D.C.-based schools received some very good news. The CityBridge Foundation—one of NGLC’s Regional Funds for Breakthrough Schools partners—selected its second round of Breakthrough Schools D...

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  • Personalized Learning is Promising

    Last month, the RAND Corporation released interim research findings on personalized learning schools, including schools in the NGLC network. (The other schools are from the Charter School Growth Fund’s Next Generation School Investments, and the Gates Foundation’s Personalized Learning...

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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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  • Online Learning and Equality: Rio Salado College Hosts Bill Gates

    “During my visit, I heard inspiring stories of students who are taking advantage of these flexible learning models to pursue degrees that can put them on paths to new careers." - Bill Gates, co-chair, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Imagine that you never finished college…...

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  • Student Success Innovations to Watch

    By: Judith A. Pirani If you scroll down to the end of the above infographic, which is a great summary of NGLC’s very first grant program, Building Blocks to College Completion, you’ll see five “Innovations to Watch.” These innovations are changing higher education...

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  • Coming Soon: Virtual Video Tours of Breakthrough Models Schools

    Many educators have told us that their greatest learning opportunities emerge from visits and discussions with other breakthrough school leaders and teachers. If only everyone had an unlimited budget and endless free time to travel around the country visiting some of the most breakthrough school...

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  • NGLC’s “Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me"

    Real stories of launching and running personalized learning schools Borrowing from the games of NPR’s radio quiz show, “Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me,” four school leaders from the NGLC network share the hard-won lessons of launching, running, and evolving their blended,...

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  • Student as Designer: Making EdTech that Increases Student Success

    Author: Judith A. Pirani Last week, I wrote about ways to support and engage faculty in order to successfully implement a tech-enabled innovation designed to promote student success. This week, I focus on students. "Involving undergraduates extensively in [BioBook’s] development...

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