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Collectively Striving for a More Perfect Union

In response to the “patriotic education" Executive Order, we stress understanding our history, good and bad, to create a just,...

Published: September 24, 2020
Topics: Education Policy, Systems Change
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Early Adopters Critical to Shaping Learning Environments of Today and Tomorrow

Education policy, school districts and early adopters all play important roles in supporting personalized, innovative, competency-based learning.

Published: May 16, 2018
Topics: 101, Education Policy
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Lessons From Personalized Learning and Competency-Based Education State Pilots

There is much to be learned from states who have piloted personalized and competency-based learning initiatives.

Published: May 10, 2018
Topics: Education Policy, ESSA
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Personalized Learning and ESSA: An Important Signal of Education Innovation

A new paper includes a quantitative dashboard of data on personalized learning strategies in state ESSA plans and deeper dives...

Published: March 27, 2018
Topics: Education Policy, ESSA
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States Leading Innovation in Education In Multiple Ways, On Multiple Fronts

ESSA provides just one piece to the education innovation puzzle. State policy plays a significant role in advancing innovative practices.

Published: March 13, 2018
Topics: Education Policy, ESSA
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Personalized Learning: It’s Exactly What It Sounds Like

What do we mean when we say personalized, competency-based education? It’s pretty simple, actually. We mean learning.

Published: November 9, 2017
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Getting to the Root of the “Why” with a Profile of a Graduate

A profile of a graduate helps the community, district, school, teacher get to the root of the why behind shifting...

Published: June 7, 2017
Topics: Education Policy, ESSA
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How do we move to learning systems with personalized learning at their core?

Personalized learning is stuck in the school pilot phase. There are countless examples of personalized learning environments and schools from...

Published: April 19, 2017
Topics: Education Policy
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An Investment in Ohio Education Innovation is an Investment in Ohio’s Economic Future

Last week, at the request of the Speaker of the House, I testified before the Ohio House Finance Subcommittee on...

Published: March 9, 2017
Topics: Education Policy
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Testimony to the Indiana House Education Committee: Recommendations for state policies that support successful implementations of competency-based education

Personalized, student-centered approaches like competency-based education are on the rise in schools across Indiana, a trend that should continue.

Published: February 13, 2017
Topics: Education Policy, ESSA
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Proposed Change in Kentucky Education Policy Moves Us Away from Statewide Transformation and Towards Islands of Excellence

Kentucky education bill HB103 introduces charter schools, removes the Districts of Innovation Program and limits opportunities for statewide transformation.

Published: February 3, 2017
Topics: Education Policy
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Presidential Transitions and a Time of Opportunity for States

The transition to a new presidential administration brings with it a wealth of opportunities for state education chiefs to implement...

Published: January 24, 2017
Topics: Education Policy, ESSA
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Looking Back: The Obama Administration and Education

As President Obama wraps up his eight years in office, it’s important to take an opportunity to look at his...

Published: January 17, 2017
Topics: Education Policy, ESSA
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Our Federal Financial Aid System Needs to Reflect the Realities of Today’s Postsecondary Learner

KnowledgeWorks would like to partner with the Trump Administration to identify strategies that will make the federal financial aid system...

Published: January 6, 2017
Topics: Early College High School, Education Policy, ESSA
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Establishing a Timeline and Budget for Design and Implementation of an Innovative Assessment and Accountability System

This brief assists states in thinking through the opportunities and challenges associated with flexibility provided under the ESSA.

Published: December 20, 2016
Topics: Education Policy, ESSA
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The Shifting Paradigm of Teaching: Personalized Learning According to Teachers

The Shifting Paradigm of Teaching: Personalized Learning According to Teachers explores what drives educators to build personalized learning environments in...

Article
Answering the Call

Matt Williams, KnowledgeWorks' Vice President of National Advocacy and Partnerships, honors the service of civil rights giant Judge Nathaniel R....

Published: July 6, 2016
Topics: Education Policy, ESSA
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A True Statesman

Matt Williams, KnowledgeWorks' Vice President of National Advocacy and Partnerships, honors the service of Former Secretary of Education Dick Riley.

Published: June 28, 2016
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Don’t wait, states: Start planning and designing for ESSA now

While regulations are still in the works, it is imperative that states don’t wait for the final regulations but begin...

Published: June 15, 2016
Topics: Education Policy, ESSA
Article
Take Action for Equity in Education

There are things we can do right now to ensure equity in the future of education, and it starts with...

Published: May 18, 2016
Topics: Education Policy, Future of Learning
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Talking Early College, Education Transformation and Hero Teachers #ECWeek16

Matt Williams shares takeaways from the Experience Conference, which range from discussions of early college, school transformation & the hero...

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Worth a Read: “Four-Dimensional Education”

What exactly should students learn to be successful in the 21st century? This book is worth a read. 

Published: February 17, 2016
Topics: Community Partnerships, Education Policy, Future of Learning
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About Last Night’s #DemDebate…

The debate train rolled on last night with the #DemDebate in Milwaukee, Wisc., and once again we didn’t hear very...

Published: February 12, 2016
Topics: Education Policy