Category Archives: EDU Innovation

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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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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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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Refundable tax credit for private school tuition created

Source: EdChoice blog, Jan 2014 When Alabama joined the school choice “family” in 2013, it did so in dramatic fashion, passing two tax-credit programs, one of which is the country’s first refundable tax credit for private school tuition. Under the Alabama Accountability Act of 2013, parents can receive a tax credit worth the lesser of (1) …

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High-quality online instruction with F2F TAs

Source: The American Interest, Jan 2014  the real case for MOOCs, and the reason the professoriat (except for stars like Dan Drezner) needs to stay braced for big change has to do with empowering TAs and cutting the cost of highly paid, tenured and mediocre senior faculty. It is a lot cheaper to train people to be …

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Rural Newcomb (NY) School Recruits Int’l Students

Source: Edweek, Feb 2013 Hults, 57, came up with a different idea after talking with his brother, who lives in Australia: What if he recruited international high school students to his district? That was a major industry in Australia and other countries. Why wouldn’t it work in his rural school? Since that epiphany, Hults has …

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1-to-1 Learning

Source: EdSurge, Nov 2013 Teachers College Study Columbia University Teachers College’s Center for Technology and School Change releases its initial findings on the outcomes of the Teach to One program. The study tracked 2,264 students who attended schools participating in the TtO program in Chicago, NYC, or Washington, DC) and analyzed their growth on the …

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