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What Does Valuable Federal Leadership for Personalized Learning Look Like? When implemented effectively, federal support can offer valuable impetus for the expansion of personalized learning in schools. Education laws that connect funding to meaningful accountability for student outcomes will help, because accelerating student growth is central to what personalized learning is all about. It is also important that Washington not get out in front of the nation’s schools in a way that hinders future innovation of models for teaching and learning. Personalized and blended learning are still in their early adoption phases, and are constantly improving
Postal Trendwatch – May 2015 The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) lost $754 million in Q1 FY 2015 despite an increase in revenue. Other topics addressed in this issue of Trendwatch: Priority Mail volume continues to grow, but revenue is growing at a much slower rate. An analysis published by economist Robert Shapiro shows that the implicit and explicit subsidies the Postal Service receives could be far greater than previously reported. The Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) for the first time rejected a Negotiated Service Agreement, proposed by the Postal Service with Discover Financial Services, finding that it “would not improve the net finances of the Postal Service.”
Try Performance Based Funding to Narrow Education Achievement Gaps From NJ Spotlight How can New Jersey schools address troubling achievement gaps, improve graduation rates and college- and career-readiness, while the state decreases the number of chronically poorly-performing schools AND increases the number of high- ...
Announcing the Lexington Education Leadership Award Winners The Lexington Institute is excited to announce that ten outstanding leaders from across the country have been accepted into the first Lexington Education Leadership Award (LELA) Fellowship. The LELA fellowship is an exciting and highly selective 6-mont ...
We Must Better Prepare Children for Colleges of the Future The landscape of higher education is being reconfigured by several major trends. These include the proliferation of low-cost and ever-improving digital learning programs. What will this require of our elementary, middle and high schools to ensure they are ready? Student-paced programs better prepare high-school students for success by requiring them to take responsibility for their own education decisions in ways children in most twentieth-century classrooms did not.
What First-Rate Charter School Authorizing Could Do for the Children of Newark Research by Stanford University's Center for Research on Education Outcomes shows that charter schools accountable to the most effective authorities wielding a staunch focus on quality have resulted in powerful student outcomes. Proposals by state Sen. Teresa Ruiz (D-Newark) and state Assemblyman Jay Webber (R-Parsippany) propose some limited improvements in the current state system for charter oversight. Each would establish new, independent charter authorizers, but weakened by overlaps of authority that seem destined to allow politics to creep into education decisions.
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 ...
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