Author Archives: Doug Mesecar

Improve Educational Outcomes by Adopting Performance-Based Funding The Buffalo News New York has a new state budget that increases spending to almost $25 billion for the state’s districts and schools, a historic amount that comes with few, if any, expectations that the dollars produce demonstrable academic results. [Read More...]
From Good to Great Through Personalized Learning in Loudoun County, Virginia Click here to download the article as PDF. Executive Summary This fall, Northern Virginia’s Loudoun County Public Schools will introduce a new personalized learning approach in 15 elementary and secondary schools, adding a powerful strategy to the district’s overall vision [Read More...]
Personalizing Learning to Narrow Achievement Gaps in Middletown, NY (Presentation Slides) Mid-Atlantic Conference on Personalized Learning Click here to download the presentation as PDF. When Superintendent Ken Eastwood and his leadership team in the Enlarged City School District of Middletown, New York launched their transformative blended learning initiative, they did so [Read More...]
Charter Schools Emphasizing Character Education a Good Match for Virginia Does learning need integrity in order to produce young men and women ready to be positive, productive citizens?  Over the last few years, there has been a growing focus on the need to incorporate character development into school curricula. Two [Read More...]
Professional Development Resources for Personalized Blended Learning Now is the time when districts start crafting budgets for the upcoming school year. For those embarking on personalized blended learning, or those already underway, serious consideration should be given to the time, funding, and strategy devoted to professional development [Read More...]
Middletown, NY Personalizes Learning To Narrow Achievement Gaps Click here to download the full study as PDF. Summary The Enlarged City School District of Middletown, New York is showing the nation how to transform a once-struggling district. Proving that good things come in small packages, this economically challenged [Read More...]
It’s Time for Virginia to Embrace Education Excellence for Every Student Roanoke (VA) Times Does your child attend a school that instills a lifelong love and respect for knowledge and learning, an appreciation for the importance of hard work and self-reliance for success, and the discovery of individual strengths to invent, [Read More...]
Personalized Learning Produces Positive Outcomes “The longer students experience personalized learning practices, the greater their growth in achievement,” according to new research by the RAND Corporation.  The report, entitled Continued Progress: Promising Evidence on Personalized Learning, is an important contribution to understanding whether personalized [Read More...]
Findings in Stanford Online School Study Have No Bearing on Blended Learning Biased proponents and opponents of educational technology, charter schools, and educational change will rush to their respective judgements based on a new Online Charter School Study by Stanford University’s Center for Research on Education Outcomes. Unfortunately, this will obscure what [Read More...]
Teacher, Time and Technology: Building Blocks of Learning from BlendedLearningFacts.com To get the most out of blended learning and personalization, school leaders must not start with blended learning or technology for its own sake, but instead must undertake a careful design process that emphasizes and appropriately prioritizes the [Read More...]
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