Status of Education “Innovation Zones” Around the Country
Memo • December 2011
In 2010 and 2011 Education Evolving studied the policy frameworks being used in large cities around the country to encourage innovation in school. Here is a summary of those district and state policy frameworks, as of 2011.
Strategy for Realizing the Potential of “Digital”
Report • February 2011
Digital’ carries the potential to improve learning. But, potential alone won’t sell district management on bringing it into schools. New technologies are most likely to be adopted when decisions are made at the school, when schools are given autonomy.
Innovation-based Systemic Reform
Report • April 2010
Policymakers, in revising ESEA, should think of strategy as a “split screen”. The only realistic approach is to pursue our differing goals at the same time. K-12 education must improve both its performance and its economics. It must work concurrently for equity and for excellence. It must improve traditional school while encouraging innovation beyond traditional school.
Staying In: Youth Explain Why Motivation is Central to Learning and Graduating
Report • April 2007
This report examines the experiences of youth who quit school or were on the path to quitting. It describes their human, and democratic, desire to choose whether or not they will learn. It finds that once engaged students learn better and that different things motivate different students; no one factor is motivating for all students.