With Sprinkles Please

Matt Williams writes about why the latest Race to the Top iteration adds to an increasingly disjointed education policy agenda. By attempting to tackle a plethora of educational issues with relatively small amounts of money has the obsession with RTTT left us with little of substance? Continue reading

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Not Another New Program: Just Go Back to High School

Last week First Lady Michelle Obama announced that she will be focusing on increasing college access, matriculation, and graduation. In this new venture, Mrs. Obama will work with the Department of Education to help further the President’s initiative to vault the United States’ percentage of college graduates from 12th to first in the world by 2020. This is an incredibly important and laudable goal. One that is essential, in many ways, to the very existence of our republic. We know that higher college graduation rates impact the economy, reduce poverty (particularly generational poverty), reduce crime, strengthen national security, and, of course, expand the critically important equity agenda. Continue reading

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Federal Innovation Competitions: A Catalyst for Competency Education

Given the strong demand from the field, it’s encouraging to see the federal government exploring policies to provide states and districts with the flexibility to implement competency education at scale. Continue reading

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CBEpalooza

My goal on this trip was to wrap my arms around what implementation at a school level might look like as the state transitions to proficiency-based diplomas. This is particularly interesting in Maine because each district, and in some case each school, is permitted to set their own proficiency standards and implement their own models. 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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10 Essential Elements for High School Race to the Top

A High School Race to the Top competition must challenge the current education system by empowering education stakeholders to break through traditional barriers to learning. In order to achieve the success President Obama spoke about in his State of the Union Address, KnowledgeWorks believes a new high school competition must include the following 10 Essential Elements along with an emphasis on STEM as the President outlined in his speech. Continue reading

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An Introduction to the 10 Essential Elements for High School Race to the Top

A High School Race to the Top competition must challenge the current education system by empowering education stakeholders to break through traditional barriers to learning. KnowledgeWorks believes a new high school competition must include 10 Essential Elements for high school reform. Continue reading

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The Ten Biggest Policy Wins since Digital Learning Day 2012

As we prepare for another round of events and conversation focused on the power of digital learning, I thought it might be a worthwhile exercise to look back at the policy momentum since last year’s celebration. I was quite impressed with what I found. Digital learning is clearly on the minds of state legislators, governors, boards of education, and even the federal government.
Take a look at my list of the ten most impactful policy changes for digital learning in 2012: Continue reading

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District Race to the Top Winners Announced

With so many states struggling to implement the reforms promised in their Race to the Top applications, I believe this diverse group of districts could provide an interesting case study about the success of driving reform at the local level. Continue reading

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