Entrepreneurship

Bill Gates has a history of supporting efforts to personalize learning in K-12.
Bill Gates has a history of supporting efforts to personalize learning in K-12.
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Education Funding Gates, Zuckerberg Teaming Up on Personalized Learning
Two of the biggest names in technology and education philanthropy are jointly funding a $12 million initiative to support customized instruction.
Benjamin Herold, June 20, 2017
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Assessment Opinion Top of the High School Class? Not Good Enough!
There seems to be a social movement (or at least a book) suggesting that success in a professional career is not enough, that valedictorians are merely conformists, hard workers, even suck-ups, not the kinds of disruptive movers and shakers who change the world. But--should they be disrupters?
Nancy Flanagan, June 1, 2017
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School & District Management Opinion To Change Education, Change the Message
Laurene Powell Jobs' investment in model schools is not enough to alter the education landscape, writes Ron Wolk.
Ronald A. Wolk, January 5, 2016
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Erie Onna Seaster, 3, right, and other children at the Crescent Early Learning Center in Pittsburgh’s Homewood neighborhood use an app-based activity earlier this year to support “high-quality talk” among children, parents, and teachers. Pittsburgh is one of the MacArthur Foundation’s “connected cities.”
Erie Onna Seaster, 3, right, and other children at the Crescent Early Learning Center in Pittsburgh’s Homewood neighborhood use an app-based activity earlier this year to support “high-quality talk” among children, parents, and teachers. Pittsburgh is one of the MacArthur Foundation’s “connected cities.”
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Education Funding MacArthur Foundation Launches Nonprofit to Scale Up Digital Learning
The new organization, named Collective Shift, wants to connect schools, businesses, libraries, museums, and city leaders in efforts to build new “ecosystems of learning.”
Benjamin Herold, October 20, 2015
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Special Education Letter to the Editor Special-Needs Students and Public-Private Partnerships
To the Editor:
Public education today finds itself burdened beyond belief. With so many roles to play beyond academics, public schools are finding it almost impossible to perform all of them equally well and without assistance.
June 2, 2015
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School & District Management Opinion Those Amazing, Groundbreaking Schools of the Future!
There are major things about effective schooling that never go away: getting kids motivated, finding good materials, building a sense of community or relationships, nurturing persistence, quality staffing and how to cope with abundant mandated testing, state regulations, and the management of finite resources. Did I mention testing and subsequent uses of the data it generates? Oh yeah. The main reason that innovative, cage-busting ideas go bust. That and money.
Nancy Flanagan, March 16, 2015
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Teaching Profession Opinion Squeezing More Entrepreneurial Juice Out of Public School
It's not exactly clear what the Reimagine Learning network will do with the $50 million start-up cash. Their mission: "Making a difference in the lives of millions of students who may be marginalized or disengaged in school because of learning and attention issues or social emotional issues." That's a lot of scratch dedicated to letting students with "issues" discover their own power and uniqueness. And here's the thing--I don't know many teachers who aren't doggedly working toward that very end already.
Nancy Flanagan, February 18, 2015
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Data Millions of Student Records Sold in Bankruptcy Case
The sale of ConnectEDU Inc. this year played out on a public stage, and raised concerns among school leaders and privacy experts about how its considerable trove of student data would be used.
Michele Molnar, December 9, 2014
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Federal Ed. Startups Get Money, Advice From Federal Program
Operating within the research arm of the U.S. Department of Education, the Small Business Innovation Research program has backed the development of dozens of ed-tech companies.
Sean Cavanagh, October 28, 2014
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School & District Management Opinion Clearing the Way for Teacher Leadership
Refocusing rigid teacher-evaluation systems is just one way to build capacity for teacher leadership, Barnett Berry says.
Barnett Berry, October 21, 2014
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Betty Hsu and Ivan Chang are the co-founders of Professor Word, a Philadelphia-based startup that has developed a tool to help students learn word definitions as they read online.
Betty Hsu and Ivan Chang are the co-founders of Professor Word, a Philadelphia-based startup that has developed a tool to help students learn word definitions as they read online.
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Classroom Technology Startup Founders Apply Education Experience
Former educators with technology interests are increasingly making their way from classrooms into the startup world as they try to use their school expertise to create ed-tech products.
Michelle R. Davis, September 16, 2014
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Meeting District Needs GlassLab Opens Opportunity for Education-Game Makers
Developers hoping to transform digital learning games from lightweight classroom fun to serious instructional tools could soon have access to new technologies to help make that happen.
Benjamin Herold, August 19, 2014
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Tony Sinanis, the principal at Cantiague Elementary School in Jericho, N.Y., is a strong believer in administrators marketing the identities of their schools. He's asked students to help him tell his school's story through social media and other platforms.
Tony Sinanis, the principal at Cantiague Elementary School in Jericho, N.Y., is a strong believer in administrators marketing the identities of their schools. He's asked students to help him tell his school's story through social media and other platforms.
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School & District Management Principals Test Entrepreneurial Ideas in K-12
Principals are applying concepts familiar in business circles—such as marketing, branding, and coordinated public outreach through social media—to manage their schools.
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Classroom Technology Major Policy Shifts, Economic Forces Shape the Ed-Tech Market
Common-core standards and assessments and healthier local and state budgets are fueling spending by K-12 schools in the multibillion-dollar market for educational technology.
Sean Cavanagh, June 9, 2014
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