Finding inspiration in a 17-year-old Nobel Peace Prize laureate

by Matt Williams October 21, 2014

Over the last week or so, I’ve been thinking about why I went into the field of education. This is the type of reflection that typically happens around my birthday. The whole, “Why am I here and what the heck am I really doing?” My answer was swift and to the point, “Education is a […]

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Collective Impact: The End of Piecemeal Education Reform

by Lillian Pace October 20, 2014

Did you know the United States spends more educating its citizens than any other developed nation, yet we continue to fall in the middle of the pack on every international measure of academic performance? Some might use this as a rallying call to invest even more in the system. At KnowledgeWorks, we believe in a […]

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Discussing Quality Collective Impact with USED Deputy Secretary

by Mary Kenkel October 9, 2014

Throughout this year, StriveTogether and its collective impact approach have gained national attention from the Stanford Social Innovation Review, the U.S. Department of Education and the White House. And yesterday, U.S. Department of Education Deputy Secretary Jim Shelton discussed collective impact with StriveTogether during the Communities Defining Quality Collective Impact webinar. “We recognize that there […]

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Focusing on What’s Best for Students

by Mary Kenkel October 3, 2014

My hot coffee sat in front of me, a promising start to any morning, as I cracked open the local paper. “Worn out on tests?” the front page read. “Graduation exams triple for Ohio freshmen.” Reading past the first paragraph, I quickly learned that Ohio is abandoning the Ohio Graduation Test (OGT) for freshmen this […]

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Working to prepare our Next Generation of Globally-Minded Citizens: Mulder Appointed to Center for International Understanding Board

by Mary Kenkel October 1, 2014

Congrats to Cris Mulder, our Vice President of Communications and Marketing, for her recent board appointment to the Center for International Understanding at the University of North Carolina. Mulder will bring a broad array of experience, from public to private sector both internationally and nationally, to the CIU’s Board of Directors. “It’s imperative that we […]

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Catering to Digital-Age Students with “Gaming Mentality”

by Matt Williams September 29, 2014

Last week I posted, as an Education Insider for the National Journal, the following in reaction to Fawn Johnson’s excellent post, “Teaching the Digital Native”, on the National Journal‘s Education Experts blog:   Fawn Johnson put forth a well-researched and thoughtful post on Teaching the Digital Native. She does a great job of dealing with […]

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