• 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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  • Marketing Non-Traditional Programs in K-12 and Higher Ed

      Authors: Dalia Hochman and Holly Morris Recently, Ranjan Daniels of Five Tool Learning hosted a webinar for Breakthrough Models Incubator (BMI) teams on marketing new programs. Holly Morris (Higher Education) and Dalia Hochman (K-12) scan the education spectrum and offer thoughts on...

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  • New Data Tool Displays Struggles, Mastery of Common Core

    Today, NGLC released the final brief in our Next Gen Tools series. By reading it, you can learn about Spark, a data integration tool created in-house at Merit Prep, a Newark, NJ charter school run by grantee Matchbook Learning (formerly Touchstone Education). Below, author Jodi Lewis describes so...

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  • New Book Outlines 7 Keys to Smart Cities

    *Reposted with permission from GettingSmart.com. Author: Tom Vander Ark The last two decades illustrate the benefits and shortcomings of policy-driven efforts at improving education. Federal and state policymakers have attempted to make improvements to the schools we inherited. While a few...

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  • Investing in Personalized Learning Strategies to Improve College Student Outcomes

    By Jason Palmer, Deputy Director Postsecondary Success Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation My passion for education has been a constant throughout my life, starting with my father, who was principal at my high school in upstate New York, and later the superintendent of Albany Public Schools....

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