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Innovation in Education

Thank You, Jim Shelton

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 12.16.2014 | Education
Robert E. Slavin

Everyone who works to advance evidence-based reform in education was saddened to learn that Jim Shelton will be leaving the U.S. Department of Educ...

5 Habits of Innovative Educators

Courtney O'Connell | Posted 03.29.2014 | Education
Courtney O'Connell

Habits are unconscious patterns of behavior that are acquired with frequent repetition. This post will look at what habits exist among innovative educators. Whether you are looking to join them, better understand them, or you are one of them, this post is for you.

College and Career Readiness -- Part Two

Lydia Dobyns | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Lydia Dobyns

True college and career readiness requires that we create knowledge and solutions that do not presently exist. Schools need to become places capable of generating knowledge -- not merely disseminating it.

Paying It Forward: Teachers Model a Passion for Learning

Lydia Dobyns | Posted 10.22.2013 | Impact
Lydia Dobyns

Dave was a disengaged 14-year-old. Everything about his world suggested he would fail. He came to class, eyes glazed over, seeing little relevance in school. He was lost. That is, until a teacher found ways to reach him.

'Agency' -- A Noun That Translates Into Success

Lydia Dobyns | Posted 09.30.2013 | Impact
Lydia Dobyns

When we think of the skills students need to be successful in school and in life, the word "agency" doesn't usually pop into mind. But maybe it's time...

Soft Skills Are 'Hard As a Rock'

Lydia Dobyns | Posted 09.02.2013 | College
Lydia Dobyns

I must admit I'm perplexed about the controversy over whether so-called "soft skills" such as work ethic, collaboration and critical thinking should be taught in school. This debate should be a non-starter. What's so soft about skills valued by Fortune 500 companies?

Learning How to Learn

Lydia Dobyns | Posted 08.07.2013 | Impact
Lydia Dobyns

Deciding to make fundamental changes to the way students learn, and, therefore, the way teachers teach, has huge implications for a district. Teachers and administrators often spend significant time researching effective strategies before adopting local innovation plans.

Can President Obama's Visit to New Tech School Pave the Way for Education Innovation?

Lydia Dobyns | Posted 07.10.2013 | Politics
Lydia Dobyns

Before the president spent 45 minutes with students showing off Project Based Learning, I got to engage in a conversation with him about the kind of innovation taking place in 100+ public school districts across New Tech Network.

Pathways to Employment: Graduating Students Ready for College and Career

Lydia Dobyns | Posted 05.22.2013 | Impact
Lydia Dobyns

It was 10 years in the making, but when the Applied Technology Center opened its doors in 2011 to high school freshmen, it had been entirely funded through a local bond because the community saw the value of the school and supported it.

TED Prize Winner Offers Audacious Vision for Re-inventing Education

Lydia Dobyns | Posted 05.05.2013 | TED Weekends
Lydia Dobyns

2013-02-27-tedprizepullDo teachers view themselves as learners? Do they experience their school as a vibrant learning organization? Frankly, this is another test many schools and school leaders fail.

A Million-dollar Boost To 'Let Learning Happen'

Dr. Idit Harel | Posted 05.01.2013 | TED Weekends
Dr. Idit Harel

2013-02-27-tedprizepullWhat Mitra is planning is both needed in our world and is a departure from anything that has ever been done before in education reform on a large scale. Moreover, if his TED Wish is not anti-establishment, it is certainly outside the typical range of ed-tech innovation.

A '21st Century' Education Is SO Last Century

Lydia Dobyns | Posted 03.12.2013 | Education
Lydia Dobyns

It's empty phraseology designed to sound like we are preparing for the future when we are already living in that future; and no one believes that what passes for a typical classroom today will be the classroom experience even 10 years from now, let alone for the next 87 years.

After We Avert That Cliff, Let's Create a Nation of Innovators: A Plea for Secretary Duncan

Lydia Dobyns | Posted 02.06.2013 | Education
Lydia Dobyns

It's time to start measuring educational success by aligning financial resources with performance expectations. "True" educational return on investment (ROI) deserves our undivided attention.

Student Voices Heard In Election Process

Lydia Dobyns | Posted 01.14.2013 | Education
Lydia Dobyns

Students had many and varied opinions regarding ways to improve the economy. Recommendations included lowering corporate tax rates, ending excessive government regulations, raising taxes and more.

Ashley Woods

What's Working In Education? Submit Questions And Join Us Wednesday | Ashley Woods | Posted 10.23.2012 | Detroit

It's back-to-school time in Detroit. It's also a perfect opportunity for all of us to get involved in an issue that will, more than anything, shape th...

One Size After High School Does Not Fit All

Lydia Dobyns | Posted 07.24.2012 | Education
Lydia Dobyns

We do our high school students a great disservice by suggesting they should immediately go to a four-year college upon graduation from high school -- or they'll be sentenced to a life of unskilled labor.

Hungry to Learn

Lydia Dobyns | Posted 04.29.2012 | Education
Lydia Dobyns

As an example of project based learning at its best, schools in the New Tech Network recently invited teachers to create projects using the hugely popular The Hunger Games trilogy as learning material.