Personalized Learning: From Occasional Success Story to System-Level Reality

by Sarah Jenkins May 1, 2015

Since publishing our paper on the district conditions to scale personalized learning, the policy team at KnowledgeWorks has been moving through the next phase of our work, aiming to make personalized learning a system-level reality rather than an occasional success story. To this end, we are creating tools for states and districts interested in fundamentally transforming […]

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Discussing the future of credentials on EduTalk Radio

by Mary Kenkel April 27, 2015

Think about your resume. What does it look like? What does it portray about you? Does it accurately demonstrate all your skills and abilities? As the education and workforce sectors become more personalized environments, credentialing systems will also need to reflect 21st-century learning and working. We need to figure out how to better track learning environments […]

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Living in a VUCA World: Exploring the Future of Credentials

by Jason Swanson April 23, 2015

It is with great excitement that I can announce that today marks the release of “Certifying Skills and Knowledge: Four Scenarios on the Future of Credentials.” As the name implies, this paper seeks to describe four possible futures for credentials. During the research process for the paper, we were fortunate to have quite a few […]

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Laying the Foundation for Personalized Learning

by Katherine Prince April 20, 2015

During my webinar with the Center for Online Innovation in Learning (COIL) at Penn State University earlier this month, a participant asked where educational institutions might start in transitioning to a new learning ecosystem. For quite a while after we released KnowledgeWorks’ Recombinant Education forecast, I would have answered that we need to make our […]

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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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