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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The History of Personalized Learning

The History of Personalized Learning

Personalized learning may be popular, but it isn’t new
Teachers have long recognized that the prior knowledge and experience students arrive with on their first day of school vary greatly. Long before standardized tests confirmed it, educators knew that some students were ready for grade-level content while others were not.

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Independent Analysis of First Two Years of Teach to One: Math

Independent Analysis of First Two Years of Teach to One: Math

Today, we’re proud and excited to share an independent analysis of results from the first two full years of Teach to One: Math. You can read the report here. This report offers us a great opportunity to reflect on our impact in the students we serve.
In the 2013-14 school

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