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Planning for Progress in Digital Learning: Introduction to the Use of Time


Sandy Hayes, English Teacher, Becker Public Schools (MN)
Maribeth Luftglass, Assistant Superintendent and Chief Technology Officer,
Fairfax County Public Schools (VA)
Gail Pletnick, EdD, Superintendent, Dysart Unified School District (AZ)
Bob Wise, President, Alliance for Excellent Education

The Alliance for Excellent Education held the third in its series of webinars for Project 24. This webinar provided an introduction to one of the gears in the Project 24 framework: use of time.

The Project 24 planning framework examines the extent to which student-centric learning requires changes in the way instructional time is used and the system is able to adapt learning to meet the needs, pace, interests, and preferences of the learner. This transition is made possible through innovative uses of technology for (1) diagnostic, formative, and summative assessments; (2) managing learning; (3) engaging students in learning; and (4) providing anywhere, anytime learning. Such transitions require districts to rethink and more effectively leverage the use of instructional time.

The Project 24 panel of experts, an experienced group of nationally recognized leaders with demonstrated records of success, provided insight into how they approach the use of time for digital learning from the perspectives of a superintendent, chief technology officer, principal, and educator. They also discussed key areas of this gear, including flexible learning options; new designs, schedules, pedagogies, and learning environments that support personalized learning; the role of competency-based learning or progression based on mastery; and strategies for providing extended time for projects and collaboration. Bob Wise, president of the Alliance and former governor of West Virginia, moderated the discussion and panelists addressed questions submitted by viewers from across the country.

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 The Alliance for Excellent Education is a Washington, DC-based national policy and advocacy organization that works to improve national and federal policy so that all students can achieve at high academic levels and graduate from high school ready for success in college, work, and citizenship in the twenty-first century. For more information about the Alliance, visit

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