ESEA Reauthorization: An Opportunity to Rethink School Improvement, Rigor, and Relevance

by Lillian Pace April 16, 2015

School improvement is one of the hottest topics in national education policy debates. Many of us can probably recall a pointed conversation or two about whether the federal government, states, districts, or even parents know best when it comes to improving underperforming schools. Fortunately, years of conflict finally resulted in a breakthrough – one that […]

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Senate Committee Gives Competency Education Major Boost in ESEA

by Lillian Pace April 16, 2015

Earlier this year, I wrote a blog post celebrating the inclusion of competency education in a discussion draft for reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). I called this entry to the national conversation a significant victory for competency education advocates. As it turns out, that victory was just the beginning of the celebration. […]

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Exercising Choice over the Future of Learning

by Katherine Prince April 13, 2015

During a recent webinar with the Center for Online Innovation in Learning (COIL) at Penn State University, I had the chance to share highlights from our Recombinant Education forecast and the related infographic and talk with participants about the implications of future trends for learning. Their thoughtful comments grappled with the potential consequences of transitioning […]

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Exploring the Expanding Spiritual Ecosystem

by Katherine Prince April 6, 2015

What’s emerging on the spiritual landscape and what might those changes signal for mainline protestant denominations and local churches ten years out? That’s not a question I’d normally ask in my role with KnowledgeWorks, given our focus on education. But Rev. George Meier of the United Church of Canada reached out in the context of […]

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Ten Things You Didn’t Know about Early College High Schools

by Mary Kenkel March 31, 2015

Early College Week was last week, and we celebrated by launching two new papers (one on scaling Early College High Schools; another that makes the case for this model) and learning more with EDWorks during a staff Learn at Lunch in our office (which included colorful cookies and graduation decorations). We also stopped by EduTalk Radio […]

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Early College High Schools: Building a New Normal for an outdated education system

by Mary Kenkel March 27, 2015

The country is experiences sluggish education outcomes, a prevalent job skills gap, and a growing population of traditionally underserved students. And by 2020, research shows, 65 percent of all jobs will require post-secondary education. Today, only 43 percent of Americans have a college degree. We need an innovative solution to increase the number of college […]

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