• New Orleans Invests in College Readiness

    A snapshot of student success in the nation’s largest K-12 charter market Search for #nolaed, #SeniorShoutOut, or #reachhigher on Twitter, and you’ll stumble upon some very promising exchanges. This year, the city of New Orleans will graduate over 2500 high school seniors...

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  • When Schools Design Their Own EdTech Platform

    Author: Al Motley Editor’s Note: This post is part of a series where Matchbook Learning’s Chief Technology Officer Al Motley examines the process his team is using to design, develop, and launch Spark 2.0, a technology platform that integrates multiple tools to create an ecosystem...

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  • The LMS of the Future: Exploring the Next Generation Digital Learning Environment

    Author: Malcolm Brown Director, EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative If you could replace your current LMS with any application or platform you could imagine, what would it look like? Would it be much like what you have now, but with specific improvements and enhancements?  Or would it be...

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  • Exceptional Ideas and Practical Solutions for Next Gen Learning in K-12 Schools

    Reimagining how students learn involves tackling a multidimensional challenge head-on. So when NGLC shifted its K-12 grantmaking away from middle school learning technologies to move toward whole school models that completely transformed learning, we knew we were challenging the field to build on...

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  • Six Innovative Colorado Schools Awarded Funding

    After months of planning, reimagining and redesigning, partners in Colorado recently announced additional support for six schools in three districts. Each school will receive up to $220,000 to continue the hard work of reinventing the learning experience to better meet students' current needs...

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  • K-12 Roundup of Tools and Resources: Supporting Personalized Learning with the Students at the Center Hub

    In the last Roundup of Tools and Resources, I shared my perspective as a former teacher: Every day, teachers do the hard work of facilitating and supporting student learning. I had the opportunity to connect with practitioners recently at New England Secondary School Consortium’s annual...

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  • A ‘Spark’ of Innovation at Merit Prep

    Author: Al Motley Editor’s Note: The spirit of iteration in innovation is alive and well at Merit Prep. Just this past September, Merit Prep, a Newark, NJ charter school operated by Matchbook Learning, launched Spark, a data integration tool created in-house. (See Next Gen Tools: Matchbook...

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  • K-12 Roundup of Tools and Resources: Distributed Leadership

    Scholars argue that when teachers are involved in decision making, they feel a greater sense of ownership which leads to strengthened commitment to organizational goals. Makes perfect sense to me! In my nine years as a classroom teacher, I was most empowered when involved in making decisions for...

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  • Operating a Next Gen School: New Organizational Models for K-12 Schools

    How do you operate a school? If you’re trying to improve student outcomes by changing up teaching and learning through blended, competency-based, and personalized learning, the typical operational trappings of what makes a school a school—a principal, one teacher for X number of...

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  • Personalized Learning Grows Across New England

    The New England Secondary School Consortium (NESSC)—one of NGLC’s Regional Funds for Breakthrough Schools partners—has selected a cohort of schools across New England that will become members of NESSC’s Next Gen Personalized Learning Initiative. In all, 20 schools...

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