• 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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  • Moving Towards Next Gen Learning

    *Reposted with permission from GettingSmart.com Raise your hand if you have uttered any of the following phrases in the past week: Blended learning Competency-based learning Personalized learning Digital learning Online learning Connected learning Deeper...

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  • Announcing the 2014 Regional Funds for Breakthrough Schools

    Educators, policy makers, entrepreneurs and students across the country are working to change the face of K-12 education in the 21st century. Part of this transformation involves breakthrough schools, which come in many forms: new or redesigned charter and district schools and significant changes...

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  • In One Year, SC Turnaround School Pulls a Stunning 180

    Imagine if you were part of a group that was least likely, statistically speaking, to graduate high school within four years. What would you expect for your future? If anything, the words ‘low performing, high poverty’ convey an image of a dire academic environment. In South Carolina...

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  • Best of the Blog: May 2014

    Best of the Blog: May 2014 May was a monumental month for the NGLC blog, which covered such wide-ranging topics as educational entrepreneurship, tech innovation, financial decision-making and faculty engagement. If you happened to miss a post, here’s a brief recap: Earlier in the...

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