Accelerating Innovation

The word "innovation" seems to be in everyone's lexicon these days; it's even turning up as part of new education job titles in school districts and states. The ideas that undergird it are animating a growing movement that's spurring new policies, programs, and products that carry with them the potential to transform how students learn and how schools operate. This special report, produced with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, examines the education marketplace and new approaches to schooling that are changing K-12. For continuing coverage of business trends and emerging models in education, visit our Industry and Innovation page.


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New models of schooling and developments in the K-12 market are prompting schools to test new approaches.
March 5, 2012 - Education Week

The increasing flow of venture capital into K-12, and heightened interest in educational technology, are creating opportunities for market newcomers.
March 5, 2012 - Education Week

With its Apollo 20 program, the Houston district set out to bring the best charter school ideas to its lowest-performing schools.
March 5, 2012 - Education Week

Two decades after charter schools were created, research is unclear on whether they are any better, or more innovative, than regular public schools.
March 5, 2012 | Updated: March 23, 2012 - Education Week

Financial stresses seen prompting more charter founders to embrace a hybrid approach to save money on teachers, facilities, and content.
March 5, 2012 - Education Week

As hybrid charter schools have grown in number, so, too, has companies’ understanding of how to serve the small but growing niche of schools.
March 5, 2012 - Education Week

A growing number of districts are awarding academic credit based on what students know—not how long they've been learning it.
March 5, 2012 - Education Week

In an effort to spawn new ideas on schooling, some states are creating innovation offices within their state education departments.
March 5, 2012 - Education Week

The U.S. Department of Education is ramping up efforts to spur K-12 innovation—though it's still playing catch-up with the private sector.
March 2, 2012 - Education Week

In an interview with Education Week, Sal Khan addresses the "flipped classroom," customized learning, and the road ahead for teachers.
March 5, 2012 - Education Week

In an interview with Education Week, Laurie Racine talks about the role of her nonprofit group, which works to help educational technology businesses get off the ground.
March 5, 2012 - Education Week

In an interview with Education Week, James H. Shelton, the assistant secretary for innovation and improvement, addresses the effectiveness of U.S.-sponsored initiatives to test new educational approaches.
March 5, 2012 - Education Week

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