• 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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  • Navigating the new landscape of ed tech, student privacy concerns, and big data

    How do we keep formal education relevant? What can learning analytics tell us about student (and teacher) performance? What about student privacy? With an increased focus on open content, big data, and the ‘Internet of Things’ permeating business and academia, it’s no surprise...

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  • Top-down Resources vs. Grassroots Culture: Building Support for K-12 Next Gen Learning

    Part 2 of 4 of a series of blog posts about the 2014 Regional Funds for Breakthrough Schools. Part 1 Who is driving the interest in city-based school incubators and entrepreneurial strategies? What are the incentives—funding, space, support, and policies? By strengthening local...

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  • Best of the Blog: June 2014

    June’s hot summer days brought some very big announcements, national debates, and partnerships into the spotlight on the NGLC blog. Current topics included college readiness and completion, funding and assessment in K-12 schools, tackling next gen learning terminology, and accessibility and...

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  • Top 10 Blogs about K-12 Next Gen Learning

    Summer is here, and for many of us this means reflecting on the school year. There is a different pace in the summer, a bit more room to breathe and think. When I was based in a school, my favorite summer ritual was reading all those books that sat next to my bedside table all year long. As I read...

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  • Educator Entrepreneurs: Big Decisions & Strategies for Success

    Start-up incubators. Tech accelerators. Seed funding. These are the elements of the entrepreneurial world.  In Cities and the Cult of the Entrepreneur, author Ida Hempel entices us to think about the assumptions underlying the growth of these often city-based strategies. According to Ida, the...

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