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A Strategy Guide for the Future of Learning

Even if you get excited about the changes on the horizon for learning, it can be hard to make the...

Published: December 8, 2016
Topics: Education Policy, ESSA, Future of Learning
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Education Takeaways from Ta-Nehisi Coates’ Visit to Cincinnati

Award-winning author and journalist Ta-Nehisi Coates spoke at Xavier University in Cincinnati recently. Here are some education takeaways from his...

Published: November 29, 2016
Topics: Community Partnerships, Education Policy, ESSA
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Empowering student learning in Kenowa Hills, Michigan

Kenowa Hills Public Schools are ensuring their students are prepared for the future with a new initiative focused on competency-based...

Published: November 21, 2016
Topics: Education Policy, ESSA
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What’s next for education with the new presidential administration?

Matt Williams and Lillian Pace talked with EduTalk radio about personalized learning and the upcoming presidential transition.

Published: November 10, 2016
Topics: Education Policy, ESSA
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The Role of Assessments in Personalizing Learning

When we interviewed teachers about personalized learning, they emphasized the importance of leveraging frequent, embedded student assessments that are closely...

Published: November 1, 2016
Topics: Education Policy, ESSA
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Reflections on Education Policy and the Upcoming Presidential Election

Lillian Pace, Senior Director of National Policy for KnowledgeWorks, shares 5 observations about how the presidential election may affect education...

Published: October 31, 2016
Topics: Education Policy, ESSA
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Interview with Virgel Hammonds: One path to a career focused on personalizing education

Virgel Hammonds has dedicated his career to bringing competency-based education and personalized learning opportunities to students.

Published: October 26, 2016
Topics: Education Policy, ESSA
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Students represent the future, so they need to be included in discussions looking forward

Young people have ideas for how to fix some of the biggest problems we face for the future. You just...

Published: October 25, 2016
Topics: Education Policy, ESSA, Future of Learning
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ESSA: Uncovering the Many Possibilities for Better Assessment Design

The Visioning Toolkit for Better Assessment, created jointly with the Center for Assessment, helps states offer better, relevant and timely...

Published: October 20, 2016
Topics: Education Policy, ESSA
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Innovative Assessments

The Visioning Toolkit for Better Assessments to help stakeholders explore new assessment provisions under ESSA and deepen their understanding of...

Published: October 17, 2016
Topics: Education Policy, ESSA
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A Visioning Toolkit for Better Assessments

The Visioning Toolkit for Better Assessments to help stakeholders explore new assessment provisions under ESSA and deepen their understanding of...

Published: October 17, 2016
Topics: Education Policy, ESSA
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The Readiness Roadmap: State Readiness Conditions Briefs

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

Published: October 17, 2016
Topics: Education Policy, ESSA
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The Learning Independence Continuum: The Path from Educator-Driven to Learner-Driven

When students have begun to take ownership of their learning and grow their independence, we have achieved a true learner-driven...

Published: October 11, 2016
Topics: Education Policy, ESSA
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ESSA and Opportunities for Communities

At the 2016 StriveTogether National Convening, Anne Olson and Lillian Pace led a session on the role of community liaisons...

Published: September 30, 2016
Topics: Community Partnerships, Education Policy, ESSA
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The Promise of Real Learning

At a recent retreat, KnowledgeWorks staff were tasked to write a postcard to our child selves, or to our children,...

Published: September 27, 2016
Topics: Education Policy, ESSA
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The Conditions Necessary to Move from a Traditional School District to a True Learning Community

With the right conditions all in place, you can transition from a traditional school district to a true learning community.

Published: September 12, 2016
Topics: Education Policy, ESSA
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How Do You Measure Success at an Early College High School?

According to Ida M. D’Ugo, EdD, at Roosevelt High School - Early College Studies, how you measure success at an...

Published: August 30, 2016
Topics: Early College High School, Education Policy, ESSA
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Summer Camp for Educators

MasteryCon, “the ultimate K-12 event for mastery learning and formative assessment,” boasted s’mores and mastery learning. I couldn’t have asked...

Published: August 11, 2016
Topics: Education Policy, ESSA
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How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Trust a Trustless System

How do you trust a trustless system like blockchain? The answer might be deceptively simple: you don’t need to trust...

Published: August 8, 2016
Topics: Education Policy, ESSA, Future of Learning
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Let’s Make It Count: Competency Education According to Students

How would students design a learning application utilizing competency education? Four groups of high school students weigh in.

Published: July 27, 2016
Topics: Education Policy, ESSA
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A Roadmap to Better Assessments

States have an opportunity to pilot and scale better assessment systems that capture meaningful information about student learning.

Published: July 26, 2016
Topics: Education Policy, ESSA
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Addressing Accountability Issues Including Comparability in the Design and Implementation of an Innovative Assessment and Accountability System

The purpose of this brief is to support states in planning for a successful Demonstration Authority application by providing key...

Published: July 26, 2016
Topics: Education Policy, ESSA
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Ensuring and Evaluating Assessment Quality for Innovative Assessment and Accountability Systems

This brief is designed to assist states in thinking through the opportunities and challenges associated with flexibility provided under the...

Published: July 26, 2016
Topics: Education Policy, ESSA
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History is not a term relegated for moments of the past

When I think of history, I think of studying what’s happened long ago. Of learning about everything that led up...

Published: July 21, 2016
Topics: Education Policy, ESSA