What might make urban dropout rates plummet?

by Katherine Prince June 24, 2015

This is the second of a five-part blog series on creating equitable and vibrant learning ecosystems for all students, no matter where they live. Ever Forward Club is a community-based club operating in Oakland, California, that helps young men, particularly underserved and at-risk young men of color, foster emotional maturity and overcome the hyper-masculinity code that […]

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Edu-Pilgrimage: What can we learn from Finland?

by Matt Williams June 23, 2015

Well, I’m heading to Finland. Like some sort of edu-pilgrimage as if I’m the Wife of Bath or a swallow to Capistrano. I’m going with a group of district leaders from across the United States. I’ve heard the tales of Finnish education: its teacher selection and training programs; its singular focus on the child; its […]

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Wheels Up

by Cris Charbonneau June 22, 2015
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The first time she packed her bags to fly, she packed her purple Dora the Explorer backpack with her boo bunny, her blankie, some crayons and her favorite pop-up book, Guess How Much I Love You. We boarded a plane together, hand-in-hand. My daughter, Kate, was barely two. And today, she’s taking off, solo, for […]

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Internships Empower Students and Open Career Opportunities

by Hannah Matuszak June 17, 2015
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When I thought about my plans for the summer during the beginning of my junior year of high school, I never imagined that I might be commuting into Cincinnati to intern in the communications department of KnowledgeWorks. I first walked into the KnowledgeWorks office to begin my internship last week, and already, my perception of […]

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Cultivating Vibrant Learning Ecosystems in High-Need Geographies

by Katherine Prince June 12, 2015

This is the first of a five-part blog series on creating equitable and vibrant learning ecosystems for all students, no matter where they live. In our recent foresight design paper, “Cultivating Interconnections for Vibrant and Equitable Learning Ecosystems,” Andrea Saveri, Jason Swanson, and I explore two key questions: What kinds of learning ecosystem interconnections might […]

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Personalized Learning in Reynoldsburg

by Kate Westrich June 12, 2015

The appearance of education is changing, and nowhere is that more obvious than in Reynoldsburg, Ohio. “There are no desks permanently lined up in rows and, in one building, no bells signaling the end of class,” says Caroline Porter in her recent The Wall Street Journal article. “College isn’t some far-off place: Students can take […]

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