• 16 schools Where Students Will Learn Differently

    This fall, 3,400 students will experience school in a different way. Sixteen districts and charter operators, with the support of the NGLC launch grant awards announced today, are opening a new school or redesigning an existing one. While the details, context, and strategies vary, these schools all...

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  • Creating Breakthrough Schools, One Region at a Time

    Long known for its entrepreneurial drive, creativity, and inventive thinking, the United States is experiencing a 21st century renaissance in the emergence of tech start-ups and business incubators. This renaissance is creating an unparalleled opportunity to rethink education as well. With this...

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  • Local Incubators Help Educators Dream up Solutions to the K-12 Design Problem

    NGLC’s Breakthrough Schools competition invites educators and other interested parties to propose a different design for learning–one less informed by an industrial-age factory model and more inspired by the possibilities that today’s technologies, networking, and connections make...

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  • Three Big Ideas from ISKME’s Big Ideas Fest

    Spending four days at the ISKME Big Ideas Fest was the perfect prelude to the New Year with all its resolutions and planning.  Big Ideas Fest convenes education stakeholders including teachers, policy makers, researchers, eduprenuers, students, and funders and engages them in imagining...

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  • NGLC Updates Profiles of 27 Breakthrough Schools

    Last November, NGLC put a set of publications out into the world – very brief, one-page front-back profiles of our newest grantees – and the response was overwhelmingly positive. The publications are a mix of narrative, graphic images, and at-a-glance numbers that give educators a...

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  • Supporting Online Students with an Online Student Commons and Text Chat

    Authors: Alexandra M. Pickett, Maureen Owens, Mike Walker, and Lori Palmer In Yesterday’s post, Larry Dugan joined Alexandra Pickett to introduce a distinctive student support feature of the SUNY Learning Network’s NGLC Wave I Building Blocks for College Completion project, the...

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  • Choosing the right scaling strategy for your school model

    How will you scale? One of the criteria NGLC uses in selecting potential launch (and to a somewhat lesser extent planning) grantees is scalability. NGLC’s interest in affirming this criterion is to see as many students benefit from next generation learning as possible; and, to accelerate...

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  • Wave II Update: Common Core Learning Technologies

    The grant period for NGLC’s second wave of funding recently came to a close. In this Wave II, which we called, “Building Blocks for College Readiness,” NGLC awarded grants for 19 innovative, tech-enabled instruction and assessment materials, which were designed to improve students...

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  • NGLC Learning Analytics Projects

    Think of learning analytics as the warning lights of online learning’s dashboard – that gleaming assemblage of dials and icons that alerts a driver at once if gas in the tank is running low, a door is open, or the cooling system isn’t working. Learning analytics makes it possible...

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  • In Chicago and elsewhere, a “both-and” strategy expands next gen learning

    I’m excited. Today, I’ll meet 13 school design teams selected by New Schools for Chicago and The Chicago Public Education Fund as part of Breakthrough Schools: Chicago, part of NGLC’s new Regional Fund. Each of the 13 teams will develop a planning grant proposal for a new or...

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