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The first online course

Rita Dove was US Poet Laureate in the early 90’s.  The First Book captures the magic of the lightbulb that comes with reading comprehension.  This week I asked 1000 friends at iNACOL to imagine the online learning experience that for students yielded the same sensation…and the end of…

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iNACOL advancing online learning

The Virtual School Symposium, hosted by iNACOL, is Mon-Tues in Austin.  I joined the board because 1) we’re within reach of being able to offer quality learning to every student in American and iNACOL will take us over the finish line.  Hold out states like NY that don’t…

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Big Levers

There are plenty of theories about how to improve education.  Most focus on what appear to be big levers—a point of entry and system intervention that appears to provide some improvement leverage.  These theories usually involve ‘if-then’ statements: ‘if we improve this, then other good stuff will happen.’  Leading theories…

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Blended Restarts

There are about 10,000 really bad schools in America.  The majority are elementary schools.  We know how to make them better, but it takes political will and capacity to improve them.  We know less about turning around bad secondary schools.  The one thing wrong with them is everything.  That makes…

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Advocating for online options

We’re building a advocacy initiative for online and blended learning.  some of the goals include paint pictures of the future of learning promote quality options for kids/families guide state and local policy development encourage investment in innovation Tell me if I missed something obvious and if there are groups that…

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3 legislatures attempt to turn back clock

In a ridiculous effort to set back the clock, the Oregon legislature is considering protecting districts from online competition. The Florida senate is considering a bill that would limit courses that students can take online. And, as previously reported, Arkansas joint budget committed…