Innovator Interview Series: Teacher-Led Assessment with NWEA’s Chase Nordengren

Welcome back to our interview series, where we ask innovators working in education to share their insights on the future of teaching and learning. Today we’re talking with Chase Nordengren, a research scientist with NWEA, where he directs qualitative and mixed methods research at the intersection of assessment, curriculum and instruction. (He’s also […]

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Innovator Interviews: Four Questions for Principal Albert Sackey

Innovator Interviews: Four Questions for Principal Albert Sackey

Welcome to the Innovator Interview Series, where we ask educators to share their insights on the future of teaching and learning. In the inaugural interview, we speak to Dr. Albert Sackey, the principal of Nathan Hale Middle School in the Norwalk Public Schools district. Sackey was named Connecticut Association of

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How Competency-Based Accountability Promotes Personalized Learning

Rick Hess, director of education policy studies at the American Enterprise Institute, recently caught up with New Classrooms Co-founder and CEO Joel Rose to talk about personalized learning and accountability systems. Below are a few excerpts from the interview, which you can read in full on EdWeek’s Straight Up blog.

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Joel Rose: ‘Be Fearless’ in Pursuit of Personalized Learning

Joel Rose: ‘Be Fearless’ in Pursuit of Personalized Learning

Teachers play vital roles in ensuring all students are met where they are, New Classrooms Co-Founder and CEO Joel Rose told educators last week in Connecticut.
[Pictured above, from left to right: NPS Superintendent Steven Adamowski; The posting of colors and national anthem presented by Brien McMahon High School students;

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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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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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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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