Supporting Districts as the Learning Ecosystem Expands

Like it or not, the learning ecosystem is expanding.  As education goes through a time of disintermediation, learners and their families will have many options for deciding what learning experiences they consume, in what ways and in what combinations.  Not Continue reading

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Transforming Education – Locally and Nationally

Judy Peppler, President and CEO of KnowledgeWorks; Harold Brown, President of EDWorks Partners; and, Greg Landsman, Executive Director of The Strive Partnership were guests on the WVXU Cincinnati Edition radio show to talk about the Cincinnati Preschool Promise and how KnowledgeWorks and its subsidiaries are working to transform education locally and nationally. Continue reading

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A bold approach: Banking on Straight A Fund to transform Ohio education

Ohio is about to embark on one of the most innovative education initiatives in the country, boosted by revenues from casino gaming and a free-market oriented executive office that is rightly calling for investments where they count the most.

The Ohio General Assembly has approved a proposal from Gov. John Kasich to designate $250 million over two years for grants to help K-12 education entities in Ohio fund projects that “aim to achieve significant advancement” in one or more of the following goals: student achievement, spending reductions, and using a greater share of resources in the classroom. Continue reading

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Creating a college bound culture

WCPO and CET recently teamed up to examine the Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky region’s approach to improving graduation rates. Highlighting the work of the Strive Partnership the hour long video,  ”Cradle to Career: Moving the Needle in Education,” presents a compelling overview of Continue reading

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Best Innovation in Gov. Kasich’s Education Plan: Straight A Fund

Within the blitz of publicity and debate around Governor John Kasich’s education improvement plan over the past week is a gem of an idea that is worth calling out for its tremendous potential to move Ohio’s public schools boldly into the future.
The Straight A Innovation Fund proposal calls for $300 million in state funds over two years to support innovative projects that improve efficiency and performance in local schools and districts. These one-time grants, to be offered in Fiscal Years 2014 and 2015, are designed to modernize operations and achieve cost savings that can be invested in the classroom. Continue reading

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Every Day is Digital Learning Day at New Tech West

Such is a typical day at New Tech West High School, located in Cleveland, Ohio’s Near 
West Side. One of the few schools in Cleveland with one-to-one technology, NTW uses digital learning to connect student learning to the real world, and by expanding student choice in developing products and solutions to project problems.
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Ohio needs to close the gap between expectations and school funding

In about a week, Ohio Governor John Kasich is expected to introduce a state budget proposal for FY 2014-15 that will include a new school funding formula for primary and secondary education. His administration has indicated that the state will be paying closer attention to making sure students get the resources they need to be successful. If so, that would be a significant accomplishment, and one that is long overdue. Continue reading

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Are we having the right discussions?

My question is, are these the discussions we should be having about education reform? I am not smart enough to answer that question on my own, but I am smart enough to know that most of these conversations have very little to do with what’s best for students. The events above deal with what’s best for adults: Governors, state legislatures and superintendents, teachers, and taxpayers. Even when dealing with issues that do directly impact students, longer school days and years and technology initiatives, the arguments aren’t about whether it will benefit students. Instead, the disagreement is whether teachers should be required to teach longer hours or the affect of technology on the number of teachers hired. Continue reading

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