Author Archives: Doug Mesecar

Virginia Beach Shows What Works In Serving Military-Connected Students Building on the report I co-authored with Don Soifer, Getting School Districts Ready for the Military Student Identifier, senior officials from Virginia Beach City Public Schools and the Commanders of Naval Air Station Oceana and Joint Expeditionary Base Little [Read More...]
4 Ways Tennessee Is Prioritizing Personalized Learning in Its New ESSA Plan (From Tennessee’s state education leaders have launched a plan that positions the state’s schools for an historic opportunity. The Volunteer State — more than any other state so far — is taking important steps to reframe accountability from a system of [Read More...]
Personalized Learning Under the Every Student Succeeds Act: Three States Now Leading the Way (From The primary federal education law, the Every Student Succeeds Act, provides an unprecedented opportunity for states and districts to make a bold move to personalized learning models. They must seize this opportunity to systemically rethink their approach to teaching [Read More...]
Colorado’s Opportunity To Improve Educational Outcomes For Military-Connected Students Over one million school-age children have a parent serving in active duty in the U.S. military, with three out of four under age twelve. For these families, transition is the near-constant in their educational experience. It is common for military-connected [Read More...]
Timing Is Everything: Seizing The Opportunity For Personalized Learning (From Forbes) It’s a good time to be a state or local education policymaker. Federal school mandates are being ratcheted back and the driving force in Washington is to ensure policy setting is firmly local. I have written a commentary on this [Read More...]
Governor McAuliffe’s Powerful Education Opportunity From the Winchester Star Most would agree that the opportunities in life for children depend on the quality of educational opportunities they receive. Governor McAuliffe, in his first State of the Commonwealth address, spoke about achieving greater equality of opportunity [Read More...]
Connecting Schools to the Future: Rethinking E-Rate (From Real Clear Education) In order to take advantage of cutting-edge technology and instructional approaches like personalizing learning, teachers and students need greater access to high-speed internet connectivity. The current operational, funding and regulatory structures of E-rate, a federal tax created to bring telephone [Read More...]
Will Congress Fund Personalized Learning This Year? What is the status of important funding decisions for personalized learning, such as the new Student Support and Academic Achievement block grant (Title IV of the Every Student Succeeds Act), Title I and other ed-tech funding sources and programs? [Read More...]
New Evidence That Personalized Learning Can Produce Powerful Results Education Elements, a Silicon Valley-based consultancy emerging as a national leader in the design and implementation of personalized learning, is out with fresh, forceful evidence that well-designed, effectively implemented, pedagogically driven personalized learning can yield inspiring educational outcomes. Education  [Read More...]
Right Topic, Wrong Question: Blended Learning In The EdNext Poll Education Next’s new annual poll purports to show lackluster and declining interest in blended learning.  However, the wording of the poll’s blended learning question is essentially about how much computer usage high schoolers should have during instruction.   To truly gauge [Read More...]
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