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October 6, 2010

“Whether it's through art or mentorship, students learn best when they are given the tools to take ownership of their learning.”

So argues Joel Arquillos, executive director at the non-profit tutoring center 826LA on the Huffington Post’s new education site.

Arquillos describes how his group’s work helps to provide students with the resources and experiences that help them understanding what learning can be:...

October 4, 2010

After Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg announced that he would create and endow Startup: Education (challenging other successful startup entrepreneurs to match his $100 million donation), Gadfly and others argued that more money is not going to make a difference since...

October 1, 2010

Editor’s note: Each Friday we feature guest bloggers that are involved in rethinking what is possible with schooling and the education system.

In this guest post Nick Mathern describes an attempt to reduce dropout rates by allowing prospective dropouts to move into post-secondary education sooner. Nick is the Associate Vice President of Policy & Partnership for the Gateway to College Program, which helps potential high school dropouts to earn a high school diploma while also earning...

September 29, 2010

This week in The Education Gadfly Michael Petrilli and Chester Finn ask whether a Republican Congress would be good for school reform. They write:

Consider the recent comments, in an...
September 27, 2010

By: Bob Wedl, former Minnesota Commissioner of Education and currently a Partner at Education|Evolving

In recent weeks there was considerable discussion in the national education press about the reduction of students in the special education category labeled "Learning Disabled."

There is debate about why this has happened, with a number of explanations including deliberate under-identification of students to...

September 24, 2010

Editor’s note: Each Friday we feature guest bloggers that are involved in rethinking what is possible with schooling and the education system.

In this guest post Bob Bilyk, founder and former director Cyber Village Academy, a charter school in Saint Paul, envisions technology’s capacity to customize education for students. Now, the founder of LodeStar Learning, he argues most vendors’ curriculum is so expensive that teachers cannot mix and match curricula. He argues for a new type of school, and a new attitude that focuses on integrating the full...

September 22, 2010

Two years ago, E|E’s managing partner Curt Johnson co-authored a book that explains the accelerating pace of change in K-12. Now, Johnson and co-authors Clayton Christensen and Michael Horn have published a second edition ofDisrupting Class: How Disruptive Innovation Will Change the Way the World Learns.”

The second edition includes a new chapter on increasing student motivation—a centerpiece of E|E strategies...

September 20, 2010

The Wisconsin Charter Schools Association recently highlighted the saving of a school in its monthly newsletter.

Milwaukee School Closing Creates new opportunities for students:

Milwaukee College Prep, the 2008 Wisconsin Charter School of the Year, has been given an incredible opportunity to positively affect the lives of more students in Milwaukee. The unfortunate closure of the Academy of Learning and Leadership in...
September 17, 2010

Editor’s note: Each Friday we feature guest bloggers that are involved in rethinking what is possible with schooling and the education system.

In a guest post for Education Innovating, Massachusetts Secretary of Education Paul Reville describes the motivation behind that state’s recently-enacted Innovation Schools law, enabling districts to create schools with autonomy reflective of chartering. This significant systemic reform is similar to Boston's Pilot Schools...

September 16, 2010

The idea of organizing a 'school' as a professional partnership has now hit the national media. The New York Times had a front-page story last week about teachers in New Jersey. The Christian Science Monitor had a piece earlier about the teacher-led school...

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