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18 Examples of State Policies that Support Competency-Based Programs

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In this post, we look at examples of state policies grouped by their features of flexibility from time-based systems, competency-based diplomas, acceptance of competency-based diplomas and credits by higher education, flexible learning, state assessments, and innovation pilots.

ISTE Helps Prepare All Educators to Teach Computer Science

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By: Janice Mak. How can we expand access to computer science education to all students? First, we have to develop and equip all teachers to bring CS and computational skills to their students.

New Chief at the Chief State School Officers

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An introduction to the new chief over at the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO), Carissa Moffat Miller and her thoughts about the new normal in education and projects the CCSSO team is hard at work on.

The Impact of ESSA: Identifying Evidence-Based Resources

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What does it mean for education when we focus on evidence-based vs. research-based? Jessica Slusser breaks down the impact of ESSA on America's education system and shares tips in providing the most effective strategic programs for individual districts.

Reflections on NAEP: Breaking the Reactionary Cycle

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In the wake of large-scale test score releases (especially those showing mediocre or negative results), political will for innovative educational programs often subsides. A system perspective shift toward whole-child development could stem this trend.

How ASU is Building the Capability and Character of Educators

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Leading the education school at what has been called the most innovative university comes with some pressure to innovate. Carole Basile is in her second year as dean of the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College at Arizona State University. Dr. Basile and the talented faculty recognized that the innovation economy requires new learning models and that new and transformed schools require a new kind of preparation.

Education Systems Should Be Based on How Students Develop 

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A flowering of research from neuroscience, psychology, early childhood, and a variety of other disciplines on the science of learning and development has begun to shed light on what is necessary for students to reach their full potential. How can our systems catch up to these findings?

Youth Empowered For Social Change

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Let’s not wait for another tragedy to empower young people to make a difference. In a confusing world of exponential change, it’s more important than ever for young people to develop the knowledge, skills, and self-confidence--agency plus capability--for change making.

A Unique Moment in Education Changemaking

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Today’s education changemakers are pursuing a wide array of reforms and innovations. This abundant landscape holds much promise, yet excellent approaches continue to have difficulty spreading as quickly or as far as we might hope. Here, we look at how that could change.

New School Rules: A Changemaker’s Guide to Innovation

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Mobilizing collective community action to better supports youth and families can be an enormous lift--and school leaders almost always have a role in making it happen. But it’s the changemaker role where there is a big opportunity for contribution. Building an improvement and innovation agenda is complex work.

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