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Protecting Student Privacy and Producing Academic Results with Summit’s Personalized Learning Platform

WRITTEN BY Doug Mesecar UNDER: Summit Public Schools October 14, 2016

In a front page story in the Washington Post, Summit Public Schools’ Personalized Learning Platform, Summit Basecamp, comes under scrutiny for how it handles student data privacy, as well as questions about its effect on student outcomes.

Will Congress Fund Personalized Learning This Year?

WRITTEN BY Doug Mesecar October 13, 2016

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 ESSA), Title I and other ed-tech funding sources and programs?

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Nellie Mae Foundation Posts Valuable Opportunity to Lead Transformation

WRITTEN BY Don Soifer September 28, 2016

A major new proposal opportunity from the Nellie Mae Educational Foundation will provide one New England state with a potent package of resources to take a major step toward transforming schools toward student-centered learning.  Winning applicants will receive up to $1.2 million to implement their plan.

New Evidence That Personalized Learning Can Produce Powerful Results

WRITTEN BY Doug Mesecar September 16, 2016

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.

Right Topic, Wrong Question: Blended Learning In The EdNext Poll

WRITTEN BY Doug Mesecar UNDER: Media Responses August 30, 2016

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.  

Raise Your Hand Texas Winners Dive Into Personalized Learning

WRITTEN BY Doug Mesecar August 12, 2016

Tens of thousands of Texas students will start powerful new learning experiences this Fall, with many of them engaging in innovative learning at their own  pace in earning credits for graduation, catching up in Algebra, and in earlier grades. 

Participatory Innovation and Developing Personalized Learning

WRITTEN BY Doug Mesecar July 27, 2016

With the Every Student Succeeds Act’s new requirements for new, more holistic, and deeper accountability for achievement, states and districts have a prime opportunity to make bold changes in their approach to teaching and learning.  The law also requires wide and deep engagement with stakeholders to gather input on developing state plans to meet the law’s requirements. There is no better time to embrace new thinking on how to develop educational innovation.

Appropriations Committee Approves Funding for Personalized Learning

WRITTEN BY Doug Mesecar July 14, 2016

Districts looking to implement personalized learning will have support from federal funding, as a result of spending approved today by the House Appropriations Committee.

Managing Change: Essential To Leading and Sustaining Personalized Learning

WRITTEN BY Doug Mesecar UNDER: Personalized Learning July 08, 2016

As personalized learning becomes a more commonly accepted and implemented innovation, managing the profound change of high quality personalized learning is absolutely essential to maintaining momentum, embedding the change, and having it last through inevitable personnel changes.

NEPC Badly Misses The Mark on Blended Learning In Latest Report

WRITTEN BY Doug Mesecar UNDER: Media Responses April 29, 2016

Gary Miron and the National Education Policy Center (NEPC) are back with a new report purporting to demonstrate blended learning as ineffective at improving student achievement. This new iteration, “Virtual Schools Report 2016: Directory and Performance Review,” written for NEPC by Gary Miron and Charisse Gulosino, claims to be a census of virtual and blended schools, providing data about their composition and performance.