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  • June 24, 2016 | by Clifford Maxwell

    With blended learning, plan on change image description

    As schools continue to join the Blended Learning Universe (BLU) school directory—the largest database of blended-learning schools—we are observing some important data trends that highlight how schools are approaching the blended-learning implementation process. In the past six months, we have seen at least a dozen schools that have shifted from using a single model of

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  • June 22, 2016 | by Julia Freeland Fisher

    Startups tackle civil rights disparities in new ways image description

    This month, the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights released its semi-annual report titled, 2013–14 Civil Rights Data Collection: A First Look. The report draws on the Civil Rights Data Collection survey, with data ranging from  student discipline rates, early learning access, teacher and staffing disparities, and gaps in access to advanced courses.

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  • June 16, 2016 | by Michael B. Horn

    Uber, disruptive innovation, and regulated markets image description

    In “Disrupting law school,” Michele Pistone, a law professor at Villanova University, and I argue that regulations—such as bar licensure and restrictions on the unauthorized practice of law—will not protect lawyers and law schools from disruption in the long term. Lessons from regulated industries show that disruptors can topple the incumbents in these industries by

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  • June 16, 2016 | by Julia Freeland Fisher

    Accreditation crackdown: A chance to treat the symptom and the disease image description

    Yesterday, news broke that the U.S. Department of Education is recommending that the largest national accreditation agency, Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS), lose the power to act as an intermediary between colleges and billions of dollars in federal financial aid. As one outlet bluntly put it, this could result in a death sentence

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  • June 15, 2016 | by Thomas Arnett

    Personalized learning and sound curriculum—two sides of the same coin image description

    Agreeing to disagree is a common refrain. But sometimes, when we look closely at our points of debate, our perceived differences of opinion are not so divergent. Two weeks ago, Education Next published a blog post I wrote about the need to focus demand and funding for open educational resources (OER) on facilitating personalized learning.

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  • June 14, 2016 | by Spencer Nam

    Hey kids, let’s solve obesity image description

    This year, more than 4 million babies will be born in America. Three weeks ago, one of my colleagues gave birth to one of them, named Flint, whom we got to see for the first time when he made a live cameo with his mother on a team video conference. Only wearing his diapers, Flint

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  • June 9, 2016 | by Amy Anderson

    Personalized learning in the context of a person, not a school image description

    Personalized learning is the current big buzz in education. Everyone is trying to figure out how best to personalize the learning experience for each and every child. I applaud this effort. Like many others, I think customizing learning more deeply to match students’ interests, needs, and aspirations is what we should be doing to prepare

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