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Blended Learning  |  Competency-Based Education  |  Innovative Leadership  |  Personalized Learning  |  School Districts

Is Communications the Secret Sauce for Innovation?

Over the past several years, our organizations have been deeply involved in the national movement towards blended and personalized learning, both as implementation experts and catalysts for innovation.  We have engaged with hundreds of districts between us and have witnessed a broad range of schools working to shift instructional practice to be more student-centered, data-driven, and mastery-based. What is the surprising “secret sauce” of their success? Communications.

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Blended Learning  |  Classrooms  |  Innovative Leadership  |  Personalized Learning

Are Teachers Truly “Shifting Away from the Station Rotation Model?”

Today we are trying something new. This blog post is being posted here and on the Clayton Christensen Institute website and is a collaboration between our organizations. We consider the Christensen Institute to be great partners in the field, pushing districts forward in great ways, but we don't always agree on everything. Check out our reactions to their post about station rotations below.  

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Blended Learning  |  Competency-Based Education  |  Education Elements  |  Personalized Learning

Our 10 Most Popular Personalized Learning Blogs of 2016

Over the course of 2016 we published more than 70 blog posts on our weekly blog, sharing ideas from our team, our districts, and thought leaders from across the country. We are amazed and inspired by all the passion, leadership and innovation in the personalized learning space reflected in the Bring Your Own Thoughts (BYOT) blog. While we can’t say enough good things about every blog that’s been shared, here are the top 10 most popular posts from the past year:

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Blended Learning  |  Innovative Leadership  |  Personalized Learning  |  School Districts

Why Schools Shouldn't Go It Alone on Personalized Learning

Principals and teachers trying to personalize their students’ learning are charged with radically reimagining the classroom. It’s a tall order that requires educators to take risks, move outside their comfort zones and essentially overhaul much of their jobs. What we’re seeing in the schools we’ve visited for this project makes it clear that this work shouldn’t—and often can’t—be done alone.

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Blended Learning  |  Innovative Leadership

The Promise of Blended Learning

As one of today’s most promising models for learning, blended learning is growing rapidly across the country. But what is blended learning, and how can educators use it to improve student outcomes? In a blended learning environment, students learn through a combination of online instruction – with some element of student control over time, place, path, and/or pace – and instruction in a supervised brick-and-mortar location away from home. There are several different blended models

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Blended Learning  |  Innovative Leadership  |  Personalized Learning

[Guest Blog Post] Beyond Disrupting Class

When we published Disrupting Class in 2008, we had no idea what it would help unleash. As Gisele Huff, executive director of the Jaquelin Hume Foundation, observed recently, the book served as a vehicle to change the dialogue in education from school improvement to transforming schools through innovation. Innovation in our schools is critical so that we can personalize learning for each student’s distinct needs such that

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