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Can Great Public Education be the New Normal?

Lydia Dobyns | Posted 11.06.2015 | Impact
Lydia Dobyns

As we shine a spotlight on innovative approaches, let's be careful not to inadvertently replace the current set of mandates and one-size-fits-all approach to classroom instruction with an updated "newer" fixed design.

Let's Get Personal: Paths to Meaningful Individualized Learning

Lydia Dobyns | Posted 10.20.2015 | Education
Lydia Dobyns

Instead of searching for the best add-on or parallel edtech product to address personalization, let's look for ways to make all classroom instruction more effective at meeting individual student needs.

California Schools Latest to Get New Student Test Results; So, Now What?

Lydia Dobyns | Posted 09.23.2015 | Education
Lydia Dobyns

Whenever standardized test scores are released, the data seems to implicitly label schools as "good" or "bad" which in turn stimulate calls to improve the "bad" scores.

Adult Learning Matters

Lydia Dobyns | Posted 07.10.2015 | Education
Lydia Dobyns

We are days away from the New Tech Network (NTN) Annual Conference (NTAC) ─ six days of learning, professional development and collaboration among educators from more than half of the US states and Australia and China.

Our National Obsession With 'Going to College' -- We Might Have a Bigger Problem to Solve

Lydia Dobyns | Posted 05.22.2015 | Impact
Lydia Dobyns

The changes we are seeing taking hold in every type of community provide evidence that investing in innovation pays off when the commitment includes adequate time, and sufficient training and coaching.

How to Succeed in Life

Lydia Dobyns | Posted 05.01.2015 | Impact
Lydia Dobyns

A Student's Perspective: Not Taking a Risk, Risks My Future: (Part 2 of a 2-part series on the 'Workforce of the Future') Success in life can be vie...

Move Over Memorization

Lydia Dobyns | Posted 06.02.2015 | Education
Lydia Dobyns

We have to ask ourselves, now that answers to myriads of questions are a google search away, why would we measure student knowledge by an ability to regurgitate facts through multiple choice tests?

Learning Gets Funky!

Lydia Dobyns | Posted 03.31.2015 | Education
Lydia Dobyns

Learning today can look and feel quite differently than what most of us experienced in school. The recent "Uptown Funk" video by A Maceo Smith New Tech High School students generated more than 6.5 million views on YouTube in three days.

Free Community College: A Hail Mary Pass?

Lydia Dobyns | Posted 03.18.2015 | Education
Lydia Dobyns

There are plenty of unaddressed details around this proposal: where does the estimated $60B in federal funds come from? How are states going to pay their 25 percent share?

Understanding the Economics of School Reform

Lydia Dobyns | Posted 02.08.2015 | Education
Lydia Dobyns

It's critical we focus on equalizing education and providing all students -- whether they reside in rural, urban or suburban settings -- with the skills that prepare them for today's technological jobs.

Learning Civic Responsibility

Lydia Dobyns | Posted 01.24.2015 | Education
Lydia Dobyns

Giving back helps students expand their awareness of social problems and the role civic action plays in solving issues. We want students to experience taking action as part of their learning so they can begin to decide what roles they will play in their own communities.

Classroom Politics: Encouraging Politically Savvy Students

Lydia Dobyns | Posted 01.07.2015 | Education
Lydia Dobyns

During every election season I wonder what more we can do, as educators, to inspire civic mindedness? What lessons or projects provide paths for students to understand the critical role voting plays in building and nurturing a healthy democracy?

"With Liberty and Justice and High Speed Internet Access for All"

Lydia Dobyns | Posted 12.14.2014 | Education
Lydia Dobyns

I have seen schools throughout the country where the excitement of learning is palpable and students utilize technology and internet access as an integral component in their daily learning.

Future Success Can Be Taught

Lydia Dobyns | Posted 12.02.2014 | Education
Lydia Dobyns

The AIR report shows that students participating in educational opportunities that demand critical thinking, communication, collaboration, creativity, innovation and problem solving skills graduate on time and thrive in four-year colleges.

Getting More Girls Into STEM Careers: Lessons From a Principal

Lydia Dobyns | Posted 01.24.2014 | Technology
Lydia Dobyns

Currently about 25 percent of the workforce in life sciences and 15 percent of the workforce in engineering/computer science is female. "That is better than what it has been, but not where it should and can be," said Mansoureh.

College and Career Readiness -- Part Three

Lydia Dobyns | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Lydia Dobyns

One characteristic of teams in learning organizations is that they operate as learning communities in which sensitively expressed dissent, conflict, and debate are encouraged as positive sources of learning. We encourage robust conversations.

Lessons From a Student Pursuing a STEM Career

Lydia Dobyns | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Lydia Dobyns

Encouraging young women to join the ever-growing community of women who aspire to careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) requires positive role models, and an educational system that provides unbiased opportunity for all.

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.

How to Turn the 'College and Career Ready' Mantra into Reality

Lydia Dobyns | Posted 11.09.2013 | Impact
Lydia Dobyns

You hear it daily -- the mantra "college and career ready." What you don't hear is consensus on "what" this looks like and "how" we are going to improve the state of play.

'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...

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.

Making the Grade After Graduation

Lydia Dobyns | Posted 06.15.2013 | Politics
Lydia Dobyns

Millions of high school seniors are beginning to receive college acceptance letters, but data surrounding students' performance once they get to college should dampen the elation.

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.