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How to Avoid Post-REVIVAL Stress Disorder (PRSD)

Posted by on Feb 26, 2015 in Blog, Education Innovation Fellowship, Featured | 0 comments

How to Avoid Post-REVIVAL Stress Disorder (PRSD)

I’m a PK (Pastor’s Kid), so I know a spiritual revival when I see one. On this California trip, we have not entered any makeshift churches out of white tents, but in equally inspiring, open, and creative spaces, we have been challenged to respond to a call of action to join a growing movement in our educational system. I started to realize that the 22 of us Fellows were beginning to convert to the “gospel” of personalized learning when Gisele Huff spoke to us on Tuesday about how irrational it is to expect one teacher to reach the...

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Personalized Learning Podcast: Episode 2 – Leap Innovations grows student engagement in Chicago

Posted by on Feb 4, 2015 in Blog, NGLC | 0 comments

Personalized Learning Podcast: Episode 2 – Leap Innovations grows student engagement in Chicago

The second episode of the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation’s Personalized Learning podcast series features the Leap Innovations. Leap Innovations is part of the Next Generation Learning Challenges’ portfolio of regional partners who are incubating local breakthrough model designs. Leap Innovations in particular has awarded 7 grants to charter and turnaround district schools in the Chicago area.   The podcast features Phyllis Lockett and Amy Huang from Leap Innovations, and is moderated by Cheryl Niehaus (Dell Foundation,...

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Go Blended! Book Launched Today!

Posted by on Feb 3, 2015 in Alliance College-Ready Public Schools, Aspire Public Schools, Blog, Cornerstone Charter Health High School, EL Haynes Public Charter School, Featured, Summit Public Schools | 1 comment

Go Blended! Book Launched Today!

Liz Arney, Director of Innovative Learning at Aspire Public Schools, has just launched her book, Go Blended!, today!    Go Blended! A Handbook for Blending Technology in Schools highlights the successes and lessons learned from Aspire’s process of transforming some of our schools to become blended learning schools to create a helpful step-by-step guide for teachers and administrators who would like to start a blended learning program.   The book includes great advice from many Aspire blended learning teachers, and shares key...

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Personalized Learning Podcast: Episode 1 – CityBridge Foundation rethinks education in Washington, D.C.

Posted by on Jan 29, 2015 in Blog, NGLC | 1 comment

Personalized Learning Podcast: Episode 1 – CityBridge Foundation rethinks education in Washington, D.C.

The first episode of the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation’s Personalized Learning podcast series features the CityBridge Foundation of Washington DC. CityBridge is part of the Next Generation Learning Challenges’ portfolio of regional partners who are incubating local breakthrough model designs. CityBridge in particular has funded 18 next-gen learning schools in the DC area and runs the Education Innovation Fellowship program (many of the Education Innovation Fellows are frequent bloggers here on BlendMyLearning).   The...

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Blast to the Future

Posted by on Jan 7, 2015 in Alliance College-Ready Public Schools, Blog, Featured | 2 comments

Blast to the Future

What would Marty McFly and Doc Brown say about education and schools in 2015?   Are we being as innovative as the flying car? As daring as the hover board? As efficient as the Master-cook? As cool as the auto-adjusting, auto-drying jacket?   Or are we stuck in Hill Valley, 1985? Or, even worse, Hill Valley in 1955?   As we think about education in 2015, the year that Marty McFly traveled to the future, let’s continue to push the envelope and think outside the box. Let’s continue to innovate, be creative, and explore new...

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What if Students Made a School?

Posted by on Jan 5, 2015 in Blog, Featured | 4 comments

What if Students Made a School?

What would happen if we trusted students to design their schools? Student voice and choice are core principles of a personalized learning movement that is empowering today’s youth to take responsibility for the knowledge, skills and abilities they need to thrive in college, careers and life.   As new education models grow to support this movement, are we ready to take the next step: asking students to help us customize the staff, space, curriculum, tools, and time they need for deeper learning?   To answer this question, the...

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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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