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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
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Education is Too Important to Gloss Over

Without a robust vision for education in our nation, the bedrock for our children’s and grandchildren’s well-being, our collective future...

Published: January 15, 2016
Topics: Education Policy
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Raising the Level of Education Debate

It’s time to raise the level of education debate throughout the country. It’s time to discuss how to best educate...

Published: January 13, 2016
Topics: Community Partnerships, Education Policy, Future of Learning
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Taking Time to Celebrate Before Rolling Up Our Collective Sleeves to Get to Work

The Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) bill takes a large step forward to allow states and districts to develop...

Published: December 10, 2015
Topics: Early College High School, Education Policy, ESSA
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From Butts in Seats to Minds on Fire: A Self Interview

Are you looking for an awesome session to attend at SXSWedu? Of course you are because you are clearly erudite,...

Published: August 12, 2015
Topics: Community Partnerships, Education Policy
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Reflections on an Edu-Adventure in Finland

Matt Williams reflects on a visit to Finland to see their education system.

Published: July 13, 2015
Topics: Education Policy
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No Room for Innovation: Finland’s barrier to Educational Progress

The Finnish education system is teacher-centric, with a focus on high-quality training, pedagogy, research-based instruction and elevation of the profession.

Published: July 1, 2015
Topics: Education Policy
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Finland’s Educational Focus: Well-Being + Deep Learning

I’ve wondered for a few years: what makes the Finnish Education System tick? As I’ve mentioned in my last blog,...

Published: June 29, 2015
Topics: Education Policy
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Edu-Pilgrimage: What can we learn from Finland?

Matt Williams visits Finland in order to better understand their education ecosystem.

Published: June 23, 2015
Topics: Education Policy
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Capitalizing on Potential: Scaling Early College High Schools

With early college high school, we can increase the number of individuals successfully navigating high school, matriculating, and completing a...

Published: March 16, 2015
Topics: Early College High School, Education Policy, Higher Education
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Testifying for Competency-Based Education Pilots in Ohio

Matt Williams testified before the Ohio House Finance and Appropriations Sub-Committee on Primary and Secondary Education in support of the...

Published: March 5, 2015
Topics: Education Policy
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Building Consensus and Momentum: A Policy and Political Landscape for K-12 Competency Education

This paper addresses three policy areas to focus on in building an educational system that supports competency education.

Published: February 17, 2015
Topics: Education Policy
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A Blueprint for a New Ohio: Competency Education Pilots Proposed in Ohio

Earlier last week Governor John Kasich of Ohio released his budget recommendations to the General Assembly.

Published: February 9, 2015
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How to Find Balance on Mandated Testing? Ask the Right Questions.

The current tension around testing is fueled by many issues and layers of the system. It is not simply a...

Published: February 2, 2015
Topics: Education Policy
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ESEA Discussion Draft Creates Opportunity for Wide Range of Stakeholder Input, Including Competency Education

As a growing number of states and districts adopt competency-based models and practices, federal policy must evolve to support education...

Published: January 26, 2015
Topics: Education Policy
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District Conditions for Scale: A Practical Guide to Scaling Personalized Learning©

What are the conditions that a K-12 school district should put in place to support the scaling of personalized learning?

Published: November 6, 2014
Topics: Education Policy
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Dave Grohl, Creative Discomfort, and What that Could Mean for Schools

We learn when pushed and when challenged, and, more often than not, we rise to the occasion and create something...

Published: October 31, 2014
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Big Data Backlash

Matt Williams led and facilitated a session at the Grantmakers for Education’s (GFE) annual conference in Miami. The session was...

Published: October 30, 2014
Topics: Community Partnerships, Education Policy
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When discussing preschool, quality is key

What catalyst is needed to dramatically grow preschool enrollment? Why has it stalled? What can state and city governments do...

Published: October 29, 2014
Topics: Education Policy
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Educating all students at the highest level, no matter how difficult

Recently, Education Next, published quarterly by the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, is also sponsored by Program on Education Policy and...

Published: October 28, 2014
Topics: Education Policy, ESSA
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Finding inspiration in a 17-year-old Nobel Peace Prize laureate

Education is a human right. It has the power to transform lives, lift people out of current circumstances, and propel...

Published: October 21, 2014
Topics: Education Policy, ESSA
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Catering to Digital-Age Students with “Gaming Mentality”

Imagine the opportunities if we capitalized on the “gaming mentality” that our digital natives already possess.

Published: September 29, 2014
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ESEA Waivers Stunt Education Innovation

There is uneven implementation of states’ waivers across the country and what seems to be inconsistent monitoring and enforcement from...

Published: September 18, 2014
Topics: Education Policy