Congratulations to Akron – Talent Dividend Prize Winner

by Kate Westrich November 3, 2014

Numbers illustrate a story and in Akron, that story is one of well-earned success. From 2010 to 2013, Akron had an increase of more than 20 percent in the number of students earning associate, bachelor’s or advanced degrees from 2010 to 2013. That accomplishment was by a $1-million prize in the Talent Dividend Prize competition, […]

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Dave Grohl, Creative Discomfort, and What that Could Mean for Schools

by Matt Williams October 31, 2014

Recently, Fast Company Create posted a great piece by Rae Ann Fera that provided an inside look at how Foo Fighters recorded their latest album Sonic Highways. The piece focuses on how creative discomfort fueled the band’s latest album and film project. For a band that has been together for twenty years, recording an album […]

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Big Data Backlash

by Matt Williams October 30, 2014

          Last week I led and facilitated a session at the Grantmakers for Education’s (GFE) annual conference in Miami. The session was sponsored by GFE’s Education Policy Working Group and was titled, “Policy Update: Big Data Backlash – Better and Safer Data Use in Education.” The seminar featured an impressive panel […]

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When discussing preschool, quality is key

by Matt Williams October 29, 2014

Last week I posted, as an Education Insider for the National Journal, the following in reaction to Fawn Johnson’s excellent post, “If Everyone Wants Preschool, Why Isn’t It Growing?” on the National Journal‘s Education Experts blog. Fawn put forth a well-researched and thoughtful post on the push for universal preschool and all of the questions […]

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Educating all students at the highest level, no matter how difficult

by Matt Williams October 28, 2014

Recently, Education Next, published quarterly by the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, is also sponsored by Program on Education Policy and Governance, Harvard University and the Thomas B. Fordham Foundation, examined how the Common Core State Standards might impact high school diplomas in the coming years in a piece titled, “Rethinking the High School Diploma.” Through […]

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The Loss of a Colleague and Friend

by Harold D. Brown October 27, 2014

We at KnowledgeWorks are hurting today, as we just lost our great colleague and friend, Bill McNeese, last Friday. Having worked closely with Bill for the past 13+ years, I came to appreciate him for much more than his incredible expertise in finance / accounting, investments and HR. You see, I marveled at how he had […]

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