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Leadership

Teachers Taking Next Gen Learning to Scale

The path to next generation learning for every student is bottom up, top down and sideways in. With teachers and leaders sharing a vision, putting it on a timetable, and building a supported path that allows everyone to be part of the vision.

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Learning

Another MDRC Study Confirms Wisdom of New Small High Schools

New MDRC study confirms what we knew a decade ago -- small high schools, “Have markedly increased graduation rates for disadvantaged students of color, many of whom start high school below grade level.”

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Cities That Work for Everyone

New tools and schools are making it possible for individuals, organizations and cities to boost learning outcomes. Smart Cities starts with a handful of people with innovation mindsets--a combination of persistence, entrepreneurship and a collaborative focus on impact.

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Leadership

Education is Everyone’s Business

At a time when it’s easy to be discouraged about the state of federal education policy, it’s great to see leadership, alignment, and momentum in states like West Virginia.

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Leadership

Preparing Principals: Best Practices and Next Steps

In the third of three posts on principal preparation and development Tom shares Best practices, next steps and recommendations to preparing principals to boost the achievement of American students.

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Literacy Design Collaborative

Literacy Design Collaborative (LDC) is a national community of educators providing a teacher-designed and research-proven framework, online tools, and resources for creating literacy-rich assignments and courses across content areas.

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Good Work: Humility, Passion, & Dreams

Tom's weekly Sunday blog on mission-focused work shares research on the success of new schools in NYC, EdTech leaders with EdTech.MD, shout outs to edupreneurs and Master Chef Massimo Bottura's three keys to Good Work he told Charlie Rose.

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EdTech

Discussing The Global Education Opportunity in Moscow

Getting Smart travels to Russia for an international gathering of EdTech leaders hosted in Moscow by the Global Education Futures Forum. .

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