• Beyond Student-Teacher Ratios: How Breakthrough Schools Invest in Human Capital

    Authors: Scott Milam and Shannon Crotty, Afton Partners How do personalized learning schools plan to use human capital resources? This series of blog posts will explore trends and raise questions to explore as NGLC breakthrough model schools gain additional experience launching, and...

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  • 7 Ways to Use Tech to Improve College Student Success

    Educational attainment, academic achievement, student persistence, learning and development, and college completion. The success of college students is getting more attention these days with rising expectations, greater accountability (yet shrinking budgets), and dismal statistics, like this one:...

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  • The Road to College & Career

    Author: Jodi Lewis The Institute for Higher Education Leadership and Policy in Sacramento, California Driving Classroom Learning Through Applied Technology Readying students for college and career has been the focal point of K-12 education reform in recent years, and many new efforts feature...

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  • U-Pace & Learning Analytics: Translating LMS Data into Successful Instructional Interventions

    Author: Dr. Diane Reddy, Professor of Psychology Director of the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Educators at colleges and universities across the United States are enhancing instructional practices through learning analytics, thanks to the...

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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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  • A Personalized Learning Approach to Professional Development at Education Achievement Authority

    The Education Achievement Authority of Michigan calls the academic model employed at their schools “student-centered learning.” Perhaps their professional development for teachers—the subject of the latest Next Gen Tools brief—could be categorized as “teacher-centered...

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  • Preparing Teachers for Personalized Learning

    Do you know any teachers who are trained to teach in a blended, competency-based, personalized learning school? Have you heard of any teacher education programs that prepare new teachers for the following: take on the role of facilitator, guide students through digital content and...

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  • Competency-based Education Graduates Prepared for the Workforce

    Imagine yourself sitting in front of a potential employer in a job interview. You’re wearing your best suit and have a few extra copies of your résumé on hand, just in case. You’re in the middle of a competitive job market, but you’re confident that you’ll...

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  • Insourcing vs. Outsourcing

    Insourcing vs. Outsourcing Part 4 of 4 of a series of blog posts about the 2014 Regional Funds for Breakthrough Schools. Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 In part 3 of this series, I introduced a decision point the regional funds partners are beginning to address: the tradeoffs inherent in growing school...

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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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