How to Innovate: Options for School Districts

School district leaders know that standardized tests are a narrow view of learning outcomes. Many want to embrace a broader view of career and citizenship readiness, and want to engage young people in active learning to promote these important outcomes-but these changes come with a variety of challenges.   Typical school district dilemmas include: * Read more about How to Innovate: Options for School Districts[…]

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Four Keys to Success at the Most Innovative Schools in the World

Recently in Getting Smart, David Ross wrote an article summarizing key practices for school innovation, with links to some of the most innovative schools in the world. Excerpts from the piece appear below: Recent visits to renowned centers of innovation such as AltSchool in San Francisco and the Dalton Academy in Beijing have got me Read more about Four Keys to Success at the Most Innovative Schools in the World[…]

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Innovations in Education

Since January, the Walton Family Foundation has been on a video journey – traveling from Washington, D.C., to Oakland to Denver to New Orleans – visiting top innovators in education and producing a video series to share what they have found. “We look to brave leaders, such as the individuals featured in this series, to Read more about Innovations in Education[…]

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How States Can Promote Local Innovation, Options, and Problem-Solving in Public Education

State policy plays a critical role in determining whether and how well local education improvement strategies can be implemented. As states rework their education policies under ESSA, state and local leaders need a way to assess their current policy environment and identify the changes needed to encourage local innovation and problem solving. To identify the Read more about How States Can Promote Local Innovation, Options, and Problem-Solving in Public Education[…]

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The U.S. Education Innovation Index: Prototype and Report

Bellwether Education and the Digital Promise Innovation Clusters have released the U.S. Education Innovation Index (USEII). USEII is the field’s first foray into measuring education innovation at the city level. The index measures innovation activities and conditions of urban schools along 42 indicators in nine categories: Innovation Culture Need for Academic Improvement Collaboration and Coordination Read more about The U.S. Education Innovation Index: Prototype and Report[…]

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10 High School Redesign Projects Win $100 Million in ‘XQ Super School’ Contest

Writing for Education Week, Catherine Gewertz reports on one of the nation’s biggest school-redesign competitions, through which 10 teams won a collective $100 million to create new high schools or transform existing ones across the country: Each of the winners of XQ: The Super School Project will have $10 million over the next five years Read more about 10 High School Redesign Projects Win $100 Million in ‘XQ Super School’ Contest[…]

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Getting Smart: 6 Entry Points for Deeper Learning

In a recent Getting Smart article, Bonnie Lathram and Tyler Nakatsu explore how educators can get started with Deeper Learning. They suggest six entry points: Be a maker As an educator, what artifacts are there that can showcase the “makers” that you and your students are? Bring your own talents to the work you are Read more about Getting Smart: 6 Entry Points for Deeper Learning[…]

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When Students Create their own Curriculum: The Big Picture Learning Model

Dozens of schools around the U.S. are opting to ditch the traditional school structure altogether to motivate teens in new ways–and it seems to be working. They are using the Big Picture Learning model. Big Picture’s model is now used in more than 60 schools across the U.S. In Vermont, it’s also a precursor to a Read more about When Students Create their own Curriculum: The Big Picture Learning Model[…]

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The Case for Human-Centered Systems Design

Policy implementation is perhaps the most difficult element of education reform. But what if policy development and implementation were flipped? What if policy design began with an implementation perspective? In a blog post in Education Week, Jal Mehta explores this concept: The idea of Human-Centered Systems Design is that if we want to design policies Read more about The Case for Human-Centered Systems Design[…]

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Deeper Teaching: Students at the Center of Learning

Most high school students are accustomed to learning in two ways: by listening to the teacher and by reading books and other texts. These familiar ways of learning work for them so long as their teachers demand only that they grasp and remember the given content. However, if the goal is to help students learn Read more about Deeper Teaching: Students at the Center of Learning[…]

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Getting Smart’s Seven Skills for Smart Cities (and States!)

Getting Smart is a website devoted to improving education in today’s rapidly changing and globally connected world. One recent initiative of Getting Smart is “Smart Cities that Work for Everyone.” This initiative offers recommendations for how leaders in cities, but also applicable in states overall, can help educate and prepare others for the rigors of Read more about Getting Smart’s Seven Skills for Smart Cities (and States!)[…]

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Schools Can’t Innovate Until Districts Do

CRPE, based out of the University of Washington, is focused on the complex systemic challenges affecting public education. The organization develops, tests, and supports evidence-based solutions to create new possibilities for the parents, educators, and public officials who strive to improve America’s schools. One of their regular publications, The Lens, addresses tough issues in American Read more about Schools Can’t Innovate Until Districts Do[…]

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2014 Investing in Innovation Competition

The U.S. Department of Education recently announced the start of the 2014 grant competition for the Investing in Innovation (i3) program’s Scale-up and Validation categories. This competition will continue the Department’s investments in promising strategies that can help close achievement gaps and improve educational outcomes for our neediest students. The i3 program aims to develop Read more about 2014 Investing in Innovation Competition[…]

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ED launches 2014 Investing in Innovation (i3) Grant Competition

The U.S. Department of Education announced the start of the $134 million 2014 Investing in Innovation (i3) grant competition with the release of the program’s invitation for pre-applications for the i3 “Development” grants (up to $3,000,000 each).  In its fifth round of competition, the i3 program continues to develop and expand practices that accelerate student Read more about ED launches 2014 Investing in Innovation (i3) Grant Competition[…]

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TEACHED films bolstered by $50,000 grant from TFA

Teach For America (TFA) announced the winners of its annual Social Innovation Award, including education advocate-turned-filmmaker Kelly Amis, who was one of the first 500 college graduates to be accepted into this national teacher recruitment program. Amis will receive a $50,000 grant from TFA’s Social Entrepreneurship Initiative to support TEACHED, an innovative series of short Read more about TEACHED films bolstered by $50,000 grant from TFA[…]

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Ten Innovators at the 2013 Ed Tech Industry Summit

The Education Division of the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) announces winners and finalists in its Innovation Incubator Program. The program was held during the annual flagship Ed Tech Industry Summit, May 5-7, at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco. Ten products and services were featured during the event, and awards were presented to Read more about Ten Innovators at the 2013 Ed Tech Industry Summit[…]

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