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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When Success and Failure Look the Same

by Sarah Jenkins September 25, 2014

You don’t have to spend too much time in education to run into two often-frustrating facts:  Too many children are being devastatingly failed by their schools and the system as a whole. Different people have radically different ideas of how to support the most vulnerable children in the system. One second, I’m fired up about […]

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Meet Jason Swanson: Futurist and Director of Strategic Foresight

by Mary Kenkel September 23, 2014

The KnowledgeWorks Policy and Strategic Foresight Team has expanded to include Jason Swanson as the Director of Strategic Foresight. Jason will be working with KnowledgeWorks to expand our research into the future of learning, authoring publications and delivering presentations to help plan for the future. Meet Jason: Hello world! I currently live in Pittsburgh, Pa., […]

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Will Teaching Diversify into Many Learning Agent Roles?

by Katherine Prince September 19, 2014

This post is the last of five in a series exploring the future of teaching. What might teaching look like in ten years if a diverse set of learning agent roles and activities supported rich, relevant and authentic learning in an expanded and highly personalized learning ecosystem that was vibrant for all learners? In this […]

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ESEA Waivers Stunt Education Innovation

by Matt Williams September 18, 2014

Lots of ESEA Waiver news bouncing around these days from Washington losing its waiver to the continual twists and turns with teacher evaluation (the principle reason that Washington lost its waiver). There is uneven implementation of states’ waivers across the country and what seems to be inconsistent monitoring and enforcement from the Department of Education. […]

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Will Learning Agents Outside Schools Form a Supplemental Profession?

by Katherine Prince September 18, 2014

This post is part four in a series of five posts exploring the future of teaching. What might teaching look like in ten years if today’s public education system does not change significantly but professionals from other organizational contexts become increasingly involved in supporting young people in engaging in authentic and relevant learning opportunities outside […]

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