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California’s Aspire charter network gets a blended-learning boost from Silicon Schools Fund

A California-based charter school network has been an early but careful pioneer in blended learning, and now its leaders say they are ready to take it to the next level. Aspire Public Schools announced last week that the network will expand its blended learning program to 15 of its 38 schools, with the help of […]

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Black college foundation hits brakes on quest to start a blended-learning school

An ambitious middle school planned to better prepare black students to succeed at SUNO was abandoned this week by the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, after more than two years of planning. This story also appeared in NOLA.com The TMCF Collegiate Academy at SUNO — Southern University of New Orleans — was intended to be a […]

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Switching sides in the teacher wars

TULSA, Oklahoma — On a fall morning in 2018, veteran technology teacher Abraham Kamara was working with his robotics team at Memorial Junior High School when Tulsa school superintendent Deborah Gist entered the classroom with a TV news crew. Gist was there to surprise Kamara with the school year’s first Golden Apple Award, recognizing him […]

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OPINION: ‘Programs that give every student a computer instead of time with a teacher are misguided’

In recent years, the state of Rhode Island has engaged in many innovative learning projects. This past semester I had the opportunity to observe two elementary classrooms using technology in new and exciting ways. One was a fifth-grade class at Whelan Elementary School in North Providence, Rhode Island, that had just agreed to begin a […]

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As states push for new ways of learning, some kids and parents feel left behind

NASHVILLE, Tenn. –The already converted policymakers, school leaders and teachers ready to transform traditional schooling came to this annual conference last week from around the world to share a common refrain: Out with the old. New ways of teaching and learning are needed to make sure students prove they’ve mastered topics before earning a diploma, […]

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Working in a group might be the best way to help kids meet individual goals, study says

When I first became an education journalist back in 2011, there was a lot of talk about individualized instruction, particularly by using educational software to tailor subjects for each student. I visited many elementary and middle schools where students, with bulging headphones wrapped over their heads, stared at separate computers, each learning something different at […]

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For anxious students, a teacher who comes to your house might be the answer

FARMINGTON, Maine — It was well after homeroom had begun in most schools in central Maine when teacher Juliana Rothschild knocked on the front door of a student’s house. The student, Jessica Cousins, wasn’t in trouble for skipping school. Instead, school was coming to her. Rothschild transformed Cousins’ kitchen table into a makeshift workstation. They […]