Author Archive: begreatacademy

Next-Gen Learning Challenge: Declined

Despite making it to the finalist stage (see LINK), the grant application did not succeed in securing the US$100,000 planning grant.

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Mainland Chinese students in Hernando exchange program

Source: Tampa Bay Times, Mar 2014 the exchange students from the Beijing New Talent Academy in China hopped off the bus and took their first steps in an unprecedented cultural experiment involving the Hernando County School District. The exchange is being paid for by the Chinese academy. All of the Chinese students will stay with …

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Personalized Account for Learning

Source: Orlando Sentinel, Mar 2014 The Florida House’s choice & innovation subcommittee plan would create a “personalized account for learning” that could be used for students with disabilities and those in gifted programs. Parents who opted for the program, according to information provided by the panel, would register as a home-schooling family, then could use money …

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Wishlist for a New School

Source: Mindshift, Feb 2014 INQUIRY WORKS AT ALL AGES INTEGRATED CURRICULUM IS POWERFUL MULTIPLE ASSESSMENTS GIVE A FULL PICTURE BUILT IN PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT SUSTAINS TEACHERS OPEN-ENDED TECHNOLOGY USE

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Creativity as an Academic Discipline

Source: NYTimes, Feb 2014 Once considered the product of genius or divine inspiration, creativity — the ability to spot problems and devise smart solutions — is being recast as a prized and teachable skill. Pin it on pushback against standardized tests and standardized thinking, or on the need for ingenuity in a fluid landscape. “The …

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Finalist – Next Gen Learning Challenges Planning Grant

Source: Next Gen Learning Challenges e-mail, Feb 2014

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Ted-ED talk

Source: Mindshift, Jan 2014 TED’s educational arm is launching TED-Ed Clubs, an effort to support students who research, write and present and record their own ideas in a TED talk format. “The goal is to stimulate and celebrate the best ideas of students around the world,” said TED-Ed Director Logan Smalley. TED-Ed piloted the project with …

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CA Charter Caters to Home-Schooled Students

Source: Education Week, Dec 2013 The partnership between Wiseburn and Da Vinci offers one model for keeping home-schooling families connected to the larger district community and highlights a more holistic approach to getting parents involved in their children’s schooling. While parent cooperatives are becoming more commonplace, the Innovation Academy is unique as a full public school …

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Big Picture's Competency-Based Education

Source: The Innovative Educator, Dec 2012 Connect school life to real life by doing things differently. Here’s how Instead of teachers… There are advisers who work with students making a multi-year commitment to serve as their coach, mentor, teacher, and friend who guide and supports them in managing their personalized learning plan and Learning Through …

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Hybrid Home-Schooling

Source: Education Week, Jan 2014 Baywood Learning Center in Oakland, Calif., a private school for gifted students, has offered hybrid home-schooling programs for the past three years. The school has a la carte classes on individual subjects once a week, as well as a multiage class that meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays to cover core …

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