Author Archives: Don Soifer

Tips for Schools to Fund Blended Learning Initiatives With the broad attention that personalized blended learning is receiving around the country, public school superintendents and other decisionmakers are registering increased interest. While the powerful outcomes reported by the early adopters of these models are inspiring to many, responsible [Read More...]
Transforming Education Through Digital And Blended Learning Executive Summary January 2015 — The growth of innovative new personalized learning models is fast becoming the most compelling story in American elementary and secondary education. These instructional models are underway in most parts of the country, utilizing and refining [Read More...]
Postal Service Must Come Clean on Costs From The Detroit News Early in 2015, the U.S. Postal Service will welcome a new chief executive — Megan Brennan, the first female postmaster general in the agency’s 200-plus-year history. She’ll have her work cut out for her. The agency, [Read More...]
Lexington’s Don Soifer interviews Horry County (SC) Schools leaders This interview with Horry County Schools’ Chief Academic Officer Cynthia Ambrose and Principal Robin Jones highlights the progress of their innovative Personalized Digital Learning initiative. Soifer discusses observations about how the district has adapted industry-leading blended learning design, targeted professional [Read More...]
Newt Gingrich interviews Don Soifer about Blended Learning In this episode of the Breakout with Newt Gingrich podcast, Newt interviews Don Soifer, co-founder and Executive Vice President of the Lexington Institute in order to discuss blended learning. Blended learning integrates online learning with the traditional classroom model [Read More...]
Why School Internet Matters Providence (RI) Journal A small, but growing number of schools around the country are showing that they can leverage technology in classrooms to drive potent improvements in student outcomes.  But now a new division between haves and have-nots among students [Read More...]
New Postal Service Offerings Raise Questions Issue Brief February 20, 2014 Summary A new U.S. Postal Service product offering and one recently proposed could generate new revenue via direct financial services to consumers and same-day metropolitan package delivery.  But pertinent questions of regulatory, legal, privacy/data security [Read More...]
Broadband for Schools is Expensive, and Worth it A major change announced by the Federal Communications Commission yesterday will help provide high-speed internet connections to public schools around the nation.  It is an important step, but it is only the first step. The agency estimated in 2010 that [Read More...]
Building Success for New York’s English Learners (Versión española langauge abajo / See below for Spanish language version) Mayor de Blasio and Chancellor Carmen Farina face an important opportunity to improve educational options for English Language Learners by developing high-quality offerings that emphasize early English learning. Educational [Read More...]
Challenges Facing Illinois’ Bilingual Preschool Mandate Starting in July 2014, Illinois will require bilingual preschool education in all public schools where preschool is offered. This new mandate, through regulations adopted by the Illinois State Board of Education in 2009 following approval by lawmakers, will make Illinois [Read More...]
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