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The Paper Bullet: Making the Digital World Tangible

Posted by on Dec 16, 2014 in Blog, Featured, Matchbook Learning | 0 comments

The Paper Bullet: Making the Digital World Tangible

In this rapidly growing space of personalized learning, there is a digital solution for each and every component that is needed to shift traditional schools to student-centric. We can wax poetic on which platform is best suited to meet students’ needs, and we can get excited about the robust and rigorous playlists we have procured using open source content. Employing an innovative use of space or developing clever strategies for leveraging instructional talent can even further tip the scales. But I have to wonder, with all of these powerful...

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Final Reflections on a Transformative Year: 5 Characteristics of an Innovative Educator

Posted by on Dec 10, 2014 in Blog, Education Innovation Fellowship, Featured | 1 comment

Final Reflections on a Transformative Year: 5 Characteristics of an Innovative Educator

These past twelve months in the Education Innovation Fellowship have been a transformative journey, stirring in me a desire to rethink not only our centuries-old understanding of school and classroom design, but also what it means to be a truly innovative educator.   My journey culminated on Saturday at the second annual Education Innovation Summit here in D.C.—a daylong conference convening more than 150 teachers, school and industry leaders, and policy experts on the state of education innovation both in and beyond Washington. Thanks...

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Lebanon High School: Lighting the Path to Personalized Learning

Posted by on Nov 24, 2014 in Blog, Featured, Getting Smart | 0 comments

Lebanon High School: Lighting the Path to Personalized Learning

The Getting Smart team spent the last year exploring next gen schools. With support from Next Generation Learning Challenges (NGLC), Tom, Caroline, Carri and Megan set off to learn more about the forward-leaning leaders who are building and inspiring new models of teaching and learning. Our report, Lighting the Path to Personalized Learning: Inspiring Stories from Next Gen Schools, highlights three attributes of personalized learning through the stories of the schools they visited and learned from: High Expectations for College...

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Have You Been Tapped?

Posted by on Nov 21, 2014 in Blog, Featured, Matchbook Learning | 1 comment

Have You Been Tapped?

Recently I have been conducting research on the human capital framework to refine the core competencies, behaviors, and personality traits that are most relevant to predict success in the Blended Learning environment. During this process I uncovered many bodies of work leading to a framework that has continued to be developed to the point where several core competencies have risen to the top as key look-fors to be considered when hiring educators in the Blended Learning environment (to be discussed in a future blog post). I mention this...

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The Plight of the First-Generation Scholar: Can personalized learning better prepare students who are unfamiliar with the college experience?

Posted by on Nov 20, 2014 in Blog, Education Innovation Fellowship, Featured | 0 comments

The Plight of the First-Generation Scholar: Can personalized learning better prepare students who are unfamiliar with the college experience?

“First-generation” is a term that generates great pride within many college graduates who hold the title. This pride stems from recognizing the tenacity you had to develop in order to navigate a path unfamiliar to many, if not all, of your family and friends. It stems from understanding how you have to create and protect the vision of success you hold onto, despite the misconceptions society has of what those who look like or come from the same place as you may have. It stems from the acknowledgement of those who took special interest in...

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The Wild Wild West: My California Gold Rush Experience

Posted by on Nov 14, 2014 in Blog, Education Innovation Fellowship, Featured | 0 comments

The Wild Wild West: My California Gold Rush Experience

Earlier this year, as a member of CityBridge Foundation’s 2014 Education Innovation Fellowship, I was afforded the opportunity to visit a number of schools in California and Detroit that are implementing different models of personalized and blended learning. All of the schools had important takeaways, but two of them—Rocketship and Summit Denali—stood out because of their instructional practices and overall models.   At Rocketship, I took away so many little golden nuggets, but none larger than the idea of implementing a flex model...

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Brooklyn LAB: Lighting the Path to Personalized Learning

Posted by on Nov 13, 2014 in Blog, Featured, Getting Smart | 0 comments

Brooklyn LAB: Lighting the Path to Personalized Learning

The Getting Smart team spent the last year exploring next gen schools. With support from Next Generation Learning Challenges (NGLC), Tom, Caroline, Carri and Megan set off to learn more about the forward-leaning leaders who are building and inspiring new models of teaching and learning. Their report, Lighting the Path to Personalized Learning: Inspiring Stories from Next Gen Schools, highlights three attributes of personalized learning through the stories of the schools they visited and learned from:   • High Expectations for College...

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Just Success – Shifting the Structure of Math Class

Posted by on Nov 11, 2014 in Blog, EL Haynes Public Charter School, Featured | 0 comments

Just Success – Shifting the Structure of Math Class

As educators and adults, we know the formula for being successful in a math class.  Engage in problems, ask questions, take notes, complete assignments, ask more questions, study, and then master tests!  Unfortunately, our students have not always mastered this, and our traditional model of math classes has not effectively taught this to students, especially those students that have struggled with math.   We decided as a math team that we only wanted students to experience success in our class, so we were going to ensure they had put...

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