EdSurge Fusion 2018: In Education Reform, Tapping the Traditional to Implement the Transformational

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November 02, 2018 10:19 am

Last month, as I attended the EdSurge Fusion 2018 conference, I immersed myself in the idea of education transformation. Sitting in that hotel ballroom, I was surrounded by the most cutting-edge educators—those district leaders, principals, and teachers who are leading the way to provide students with genuine twenty-first-century learning experiences.

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Uncovering the Secret Life of the Teenage Brain

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October 01, 2018 05:03 pm

If you regularly interact with adolescents, whether as a parent, educator, or community member, you’ve likely noticed that there are factors that set teens apart from children of other ages. But did you know that adolescence is the second most active time of neurodevelopment in a human’s life? By better understanding what’s going on developmentally with adolescent students, educators can create learning environments that capitalize on the unique opportunities that adolescence offers.

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Science of Adolescent Learning

LISTEN: The OECD’s Andreas Schleicher on What the United States Can Learn from Other Countries to Improve Education

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July 31, 2018 03:11 pm

When our good friend Andreas Schleicher stops by, it’s hard to resist asking him to lend his international perspective to some of the big questions facing education in the United States today. So, after our July 12 webinar on his new book, World Class: How to Build a 21st-Century School System, Andreas and I talked about politics, policy, and some of the challenges—and opportunities—facing the U.S.  education system.

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International Comparisons

All4Ed Starts Major Initiative to Ensure Science of Adolescent Learning Drives Critical Secondary Education Decisions

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June 04, 2018 01:47 pm

This week we released a report that is the start of a major initiative for the Alliance for Excellent Education (All4Ed) to ensure that critical education decisions are driven by science. Working with colleagues, I authored Synapses, Students, and Synergies: Applying the Science of Adolescent Learning to Policy and Practice to point out the major opportunities that exist in the next few years and also urge new ways to work together to maximize impact.

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High School Graduation Rates and Their Effect on the American Economy

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May 21, 2018 02:33 pm

How does an individual’s decision to drop out of high school affect the rest of us? And, conversely, how does a student graduating from high school benefit all of us?

Those were the questions the Alliance for Excellent Education (All4Ed) sought to answer when it began working on an economic model that would demonstrate the economic impact of a 90 percent high school graduation rate.

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Economic Impacts, High School Graduation Rates and Secondary School Improvement

Health Care for Children Shouldn’t be a Bargaining CHIP

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November 28, 2017 01:38 pm

When I ran for governor in 2000, my Republican opponent and I had much to disagree on. But when it came to the federally-supported Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), we only sparred over who would implement coverage more aggressively, not over the merits. Almost all policymakers recognize the importance of this bipartisan legislation enacted in 1997 in reducing the percentage of uninsured children from almost 14 percent to less than 5 percent.

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Want to Implement Personalized Learning? Permission Granted!

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November 09, 2017 08:23 am

Can two conferences held thirty-five miles apart indicate that a personalized learning movement is growing, especially if they take place in the heart of California’s Silicon Valley? And is there a common message when talking to wide-ranging audiences of teachers, ed-tech entrepreneurs, cutting-edge educators, and district leaders who must confront constant challenges of running a district while envisioning the future of learning?

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Deeper Learning, Every Student Succeeds Act, Personalized Learning

From Detroit to the Rio Grande, Parents Want the Same Opportunities for Their Children

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September 20, 2017 12:59 pm

Last week was one of the most rejuvenating weeks I have experienced in a long time; it began in Detroit, Michigan, and finished in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas. Despite great differences between the two in cultures and contexts, I saw a steady and strong commitment to improving equity in education despite significant hardships that educators and advocates face.

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Deeper Learning, Economic Impacts

Undocumented Immigrant Students: Can the Nation Avert an Education, Economic, and Moral Crisis Affecting Millions of Young People?

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May 03, 2017 11:08 am

Imagine waking up to the news that millions of students disappeared overnight. Think of the incalculable cost to the nation of these young people not continuing their education. The patents never filed. The medicines never discovered. The companies never started. The disposable incomes never spent to create more jobs. All the lost human potential, brainpower, and economic contributions that these millions of future wage earners could provide during a time when the nation needs the talents and skills of all its people.

How could this happen, you ask? Already I am hearing reports from principals about the PTA attendance of immigrant families dropping sharply and of parents sending their children to school on alternate days to avoid everyone being picked up in a sweep.

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DACA, Equity, Undocumented Students

The Future of Future Ready Schools®

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February 09, 2017 02:35 pm

Many have asked about the future of Future Ready Schools®, which was launched by President Obama in 2014 as a partnership between the U.S. Department of Education and the Alliance for Excellent Education (the Alliance) to help school district leaders improve teaching and student learning outcomes through the effective use of technology. The short answer is that the future of Future Ready Schools is extremely bright.

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