Making the Dream of College Attainable: Celebrating Early College High Schools

Beginning next week, we will be joining our subsidiary, EDWorks, in celebrating National Early College High School Week. EDWorks will be celebrating the successes of their Fast Track Early College High Schools as well as participating with schools across the Continue reading

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Common Core: High Standards are Not Inappropriate, They Are Essential

This is the perfect argument for why high standards are not inappropriate but essential. Just because something is hard doesn’t mean it’s not right or needed or vital. As a species we have always tackled what is hard. We came out of the cave, harnessed fire, built the wheel, created art, designed architecture, and went to the moon. It is who we are. We crave what is difficult and what propels us forward. I’m not comparing the Common Core to fire or to the moon shoot. But it is what is next for education. How can we grow economically as a nation if we don’t educate our students against high standards? How can we be okay with our college students spending PELL grants, loans, and hard earned money on courses that don’t count towards graduation? How can we look our children in the eyes and lie to them at graduations across this country by telling them they are now ready to tackle the challenges before them? It may be hard. It may be a big lift. But it is absolutely essential because I’m not going to look my three kids in the eyes and lie to them. Continue reading

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Competency as a Route to Personalized Learning

NAU’s experience highlights the complexity of designing for a new model of learning, all the way from the courses themselves to to learning agent roles to basic infrastructure. Is it worth navigating such complexity? KnowledgeWorks’ Forecast 3.0 suggests that it is. As today’s learning providers reevaluate their value propositions in the face of a wide array of digital and social innovations, they will need to differentiate their offerings to attract students. At KnowledgeWorks, we think that competency education is one pathway for shifting today’s institutions toward the kind of learner-centered provision that can help open the way toward a vibrant learning ecosystem. Continue reading

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Obama visit to Manor shows important link between education, economy

When President Barack Obama visited Manor New Technology High School near Austin, Texas, earlier this month, he saw the successful offspring of pedagogy, public policy, and free enterprise.

He saw students excited and engaged in their learning, teachers creatively developing real-world projects, and technology seamlessly incorporated in the classroom. Schools like Manor New Tech fuse student learning to the local workforce system to create relevance and linkages to economic drivers as well as alignment to institutions of higher education to provide college credit for students while they are still in high school. Continue reading

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Education innovation looks a lot like Manor, others

It is remarkable what a little money and encouragement can do. Before Samsung, that school district was broker than a third-tier country singer with laryngitis. Its achievement measures were in the dumper. This project has paid off big time. Continue reading

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The Emerging Federal Role for Competency Education

KnowledgeWorks’ sheds light on this challenge in our first competency education policy brief released today: An Emerging Federal Role for Competency Education. The goals of this publication are to not only familiarize policymakers with the paradigm shift happening in K-12 schools across the country, but to also bring to the forefront the fact that federal law makes it challenging for a state, district, or school to pursue this approach Continue reading

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High School Race to the Top: 10 Essential Elements for High School Reform and College and Career Ready Success

As a social enterprise with more than a decade of experience in high school reform, KnowledgeWorks knows what a successful high school looks like. High School Race to the Top: 10 Essential Elements for High School Reform and College and Career Ready Success combines knowledge from our recent educational futures publication, Forecast 3.0, Recombinant Education: Regenerating the Learning Ecosystem,and the experience of our subsidiary organizations who serve on the front lines of high school reform to recommend 10 Essential Elements for a High School Race to the Top competition. Together, these elements represent a new vision for education that puts students at the center, empowering them to take charge of their high school, college, and career success Continue reading

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