The Role of Learning Progressions in Competency-Based Pathways

The Role of Learning Progressions in Competency-Based Pathways

A new report seeks to inform educators and policymakers about the latest research around competency-based pathways and learning progressions.
A new report from Achieve, a national organization leading the push for all students to be college and career ready, seeks to inform educators and policymakers about the latest research around

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A Student’s Day in Teach to One: Math

A Student’s Day in Teach to One: Math

There’s nothing typical about teaching and learning in the reimagined classroom.
For students in traditional classrooms across the country (and around the globe), the school day can look very similar. Whether in Calgary, Mexico City, or Washington, DC, students shuffle through hallways towards their next class, where they sit in

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A Path to the Future: Creating Accountability for Personalized Learning

A Path to the Future: Creating Accountability for Personalized Learning

A New Report from Bellwether Education Partners advises policymakers how to avoid ignoring the future of education
The very smart team at Bellwether Education Partners released a new report today that asks policymakers to look thoughtfully into the future of personalized learning in considering state and federal policies.
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Lessons Learned in The Highs and Lows of Being a Model Provider

Lessons Learned in The Highs and Lows of Being a Model Provider

New Classrooms partners with schools as an education model provider, which brings both challenges and benefits
When we launched New Classrooms as an independent nonprofit organization, some urged us to become a Charter Management Organization (CMO) and run our own schools. We have great respect for the efforts of many

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Creating Cohesion: From Units to Stories

Creating Cohesion: From Units to Stories

Rethinking how students experience skills to increase engagement and accelerate learning
The Relentless March of the Classroom Unit
If you’ve been a student in the last 100 years, you are familiar with the “Unit” as the primary way learning new skills is divided and organized. The Unit—as in “Class, in

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Lessons Learned on the Challenge to Diagnosing What Students Know

Lessons Learned on the Challenge to Diagnosing What Students Know

Can We Bring the Magic of Pandora to Personalize Learning for Students?
When I log on to Pandora, the Internet radio service knows to build a playlist of songs with basic rock structures, subtle vocal harmonies, major key tonality, vocal-centric aesthetics and mixed acoustic and electric instrumentation. Over the years,

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Master Teachers Share Best Practices for Blended Learning

Master Teachers Share Best Practices for Blended Learning

How can blended learning help teachers personalize the education experience for every student?
Lately, it seems like more and more educators and education innovators are talking about the concept of blended learning: a blend of traditional and virtual learning to give students learning opportunities and experiences they did not have

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Lessons Learned on the Lean Startup and the Reimagined Classroom

Lessons Learned on the Lean Startup and the Reimagined Classroom

K-12 education needs a culture of R&D and the infrastructure to support it.
Eric Ries’s brilliant philosophical treatise on why startups succeed in the marketplace — “The Lean Startup” — is often cited by edtech leaders as their north star for building successful companies. Many of Ries’s ideas and concepts

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