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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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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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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Nine Ways to Strengthen District Race to the Top

Friday marked another milestone in the Administration’s Race to the Top competition – the last chance to weigh-in on the Department’s proposal for a new district-level competition. Although this is uncharted territory for the Department, the proposal certainly piqued my interest: an absolute priority for personalization, emphasis on productivity, and a competitive priority for community partnerships that align the entire education continuum. Continue reading

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