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Rethinking Systems of Assessments and Building Educator Capacity

October 2016. The new federal K-12 education law, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), presents states with historic opportunities to increase flexibility around systems of assessments and educator development systems. By taking advantage of these new flexibilities, states can transform K-12 education toward personalized, student-centered learning. What can these new systems of assessments look like under ESSA,…


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Key Takeaways and Lessons Learned from Next Generation Learning Models

September 2016. Next generation learning models redesign K-12 education to optimize learning for each student. New models are emerging and developing throughout schools and districts across the country, and leaders are searching for promising practices and lessons learned in shifting from traditional K-12 systems to next generation learning models. What are the key trends driving next generation…


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How to Get Started with Maker Education

September 2016. Maker education is about giving students access to a new class of technologies, enabling students to design, build, invent and problem solve in new and unique ways.  This type of tinkering allows students to transform ideas into reality, sparks interest in STEM careers and develops growth mindset, curiosity, self-efficacy and collaborative problem-solving. Schools and districts…


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Assessment for Learning Project: Rethinking Assessments for Deeper Learning

August 2016. “For too long, assessment has been something that is ‘done to’ kids instead of with them,” said Gene Wilhoit, Center for Innovation in Education (CIE) Executive Director. In March 2016, CIE and Next Generation Learning Challenges announced $2 million in grant awards for 12 Assessment for Learning projects to support educators in fundamentally rethinking the…


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Exploring Integrated Learning Systems to Optimize Student-Centered Learning

June 2016. Schools and districts across the United States are exploring new and powerful ways to redesign education around student-centered, transformative digital learning using competency education as an underpinning. Transforming schools and districts to student-centered learning (SCL) is a complex process. The transformation of educational systems is not scalable or sustainable without a focus on creating systematic…


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Student-Centered Learning: Functional Requirements for Integrated Systems to Optimize Learning

May 2016. Learn more about this research in our archived webinar on this report. This paper illustrates the technical requirements and functionalities that learning management systems need to shift toward student-centered instructional models. This comprehensive framework will help districts and schools determine what systems to use and integrate as they being their journey toward student-centered learning, as well as how…


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Powerful, Personalized PD for Teachers

May 2016. Next generation learning requires new methods, strategies and skills from educators. New models demand personalized professional development for teachers to prepare for the shift in pedagogy and practice.  This webinar highlighted educators sharing their own stories about the most powerful, personalized professional development to prepare for next generation learning models. Discover tips, tools and best…


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Increase ELL Success Through Blended and Online Social Emotional Learning

April 2016. There is a massive and persistent English Language Learner (ELL) achievement gap in the United States. Traditional ELL education approaches have focused on language acquisition and content knowledge, yet ELL students have unique social emotional needs. This webinar will demonstrate how social emotional programs help to close the graduation, learning, and social gaps for ELL…


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Chugach School District: A Personalized, Performance-Based System

March 2016. This paper explores how an Alaskan school district shifted from a traditional K-12 education system to a personalized, competency-based system, embedded in the culture of the community, which led to increased student achievement. Chugach School District (CSD) first implemented competency education over twenty years ago, paving the way in developing a system founded on student…


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OER: Instructional Materials and Promising Practices for Teachers

March 2016. As the instructional materials landscape changes, educators are seeking resources and promising practices to maximize and optimize student learning. Open Educational Resources (OER) are materials that reside in the public domain or have been released under an intellectual property license that permits their free use and re-purposing by others. They have the potential to engage teachers…