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A Path to the Future: Creating Accountability for Personalized Learning

A New Report from Bellwether Education Partners advises policymakers how to avoid ignoring the future of education

The very smart team at Bellwether Education Partners released a new report today that asks policymakers to look thoughtfully into the future of personalized learning in considering state and federal policies.

In A Path to the Future: Creating Accountability for Personalized Learning, Anne Hyslop and Sara Mead argue that personalized learning . . .

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May 07, 2015

Lesson Learned #7: The Highs and Lows of Being a Model Provider

New Classrooms partners with schools as an education model provider, which brings both challenges and benefits

When we launched New Classrooms as an independent nonprofit organization, some urged us to become a Charter Management Organization (CMO) and run our own schools. We have great respect for the efforts of many leading CMOs who are working to bring a world class education to every student regardless of background or ZIP code. The best have . . .

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May 02, 2015

Creating Cohesion: From Units to Stories

Rethinking how students experience skills to increase engagement and accelerate learning

The Relentless March of the Classroom Unit

If you’ve been a student in the last 100 years, you are familiar with the “Unit” as the primary way learning new skills is divided and organized. The Unit—as in “Class, in our next Unit we will be learning all about proportional relationships”—often lumps together seemingly related lessons and skills . . .

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April 20, 2015

Lesson Learned #6: The Challenges to Diagnosing What Students Know

Can We Bring the Magic of Pandora to Personalize Learning for Students?

When I log on to Pandora, the Internet radio service knows to build a playlist of songs with basic rock structures, subtle vocal harmonies, major key tonality, vocal-centric aesthetics and mixed acoustic and electric instrumentation. Over the years, the playlists Pandora recommends for me have gotten extremely good, offering me a happy mix of . . .

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March 16, 2015

Master Teachers Share Best Practices for Blended Learning

How can blended learning help teachers personalize the education experience for every student?

Lately, it seems like more and more educators and education innovators are talking about the concept of blended learning: a blend of traditional and virtual learning to give students learning opportunities and experiences they did not have before. I’ve also been thinking about how blended learning can help personalize the education experience . . .

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March 04, 2015

The Classroom of the Future is Full of Creativity and Critical Thinking

A response from the principal of I.S. 228

Editor's Note: On January 12, NPR Education published a story about the implementation of Teach to One: Math at I.S. 228, a middle school in Brooklyn, NY and New Classrooms' longest standing school partner. Dominick D'Angelo, principal at I.S. 228, wrote the following response to NPR's "Meet the Classroom of the Future . . .

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January 28, 2015

Lesson Learned #5: The Lean Startup and the Reimagined Classroom

K-12 education needs a culture of R&D and the infrastructure to support it

Eric Ries’s brilliant philosophical treatise on why startups succeed in the marketplace — ”The Lean Startup” — is often cited by edtech leaders as their north star for building successful companies. Many of Ries’s ideas and concepts that have become entrepreneurial doctrine, including validated learning, build-measure-learn loops, the pivot, . . .

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January 21, 2015