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Network Effect

The new thing in education is working in networks. And there’s good reason because the demands of the work have outstripped the toolset. We’ve (probably) reached a point of maximum complexity where more teachers are shooting for broader aims but with old constraints and inadequate tools and supports. The answer is working together in networks. This series explores how formal and informal networks improve learning outcomes for students and create an opportunity for high-quality, personalized learning at scale. In addition to this series, Tom and Lydia Dobyns have co-authored a new book titled Better Together: How to Leverage School Networks for Smarter Personalized and Project Based Learning which shares strategies to build and scale effective school networks, as well as information on leadership, business models, governance, school supports, and advocacy that will go a long way for creating an environment where school networks thrive.

Network Effect

Home Series Network Effect
The new thing in education is working in networks. And there’s good reason because the demands of the work have outstripped the toolset. We’ve (probably) reached a point of maximum complexity where more teachers are shooting for broader aims but with old constraints and inadequate tools and supports. The answer is working together in networks. This series explores how formal and informal networks improve learning outcomes for students and create an opportunity for high-quality, personalized learning at scale. In addition to this series, Tom and Lydia Dobyns have co-authored a new book titled Better Together: How to Leverage School Networks for Smarter Personalized and Project Based Learning which shares strategies to build and scale effective school networks, as well as information on leadership, business models, governance, school supports, and advocacy that will go a long way for creating an environment where school networks thrive.

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The Power of Us: A Network Powering Projects, Changing Lives

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More than 1,400 educators from more than 150 schools across the U.S. and from Australia braved July humidity in St. Louis to further activate their network's commitment to powerful learning and the “power of us”. Here’s a look at network effect in action.

Better Together: How to Leverage School Networks for Smarter Personalized and Project Based Learning

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New book from Tom Vander Ark and Lydia Dobyns explores and showcases the power of school networks in education.

Building 21: Designing a Network for Competency-Based Education

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By: Chip Linehan. Building 21's vision is to create a deep network of like-minded schools and districts that seek to fundamentally rethink high school graduation requirements to reflect the changing world around us. Learn more here.

Better Together: Why Networks Are the Future of Learning

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The new thing in education is working in networks. And there’s good reason because the demands of the work have outstripped the toolset. Creating powerful learning is hard work and there’s no reason for teacher teams to work alone. Networks make powerful learning possible at scale.

School Networks: Getting Beyond the Technical

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As soon as our network makes a partnership official with a new affiliate, the first question is typically: “When can we get a copy of your curriculum?” While this is flattering, it completely misses the larger point for why our network exists.

Getting Smart on Reinventing Education: How a Pittsburgh Network is Remaking Learning

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Remake Learning is a loose network of 250 organizations including schools, 67 districts, universities, libraries, startups, nonprofits, and museums–all focused on engaging, relevant, and equitable learning. Learn more about their work here.

Integrated Learning Propels Pittsburgh Students

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Post 5 of our #RemakeLearning series explores how a group of schools with shared ideals, practices and tools are changing life trajectories for youth and inspiring a culture of possibility.

Montour Schools: Home of the Evolving Educators

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Post four of our 6-part #RemakeLearning series takes you on a virtual field trip to Montour School District, "home of the evolving educators."

CMU: Pittsburgh’s Learning Engine

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The third post in our 6-part #RemakeLearning series looks at CMU's partnerships with Pittsburgh Districts to advance education innovation and shape a new K-12 approach to computer science.

South Fayette Schools: A Computational Carnival for Kids

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What do you get when you combine a makerspace, science fair and coding bootcamp? South Fayette School District, the best example of integrated computational thinking we’ve seen in K-12 education. Learn more in the second entry of our 6-part #RemakeLearning series here.

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