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What To Read?

By Tom Vander Ark — January 27, 2014 2 min read
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A person who knows state government but is relatively new to the digital learning revolution asked what to read to get up to speed. Here is a quick list:

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10 Elements of High Quality Digital Learning

was released at the 2010 Excellence in Action National Summit in Washington, DC. It remains the best outline of a forward-leaning state policy framework.
The Smart Series, also from Digital Learning Now, is a series of 10 policy papers that detail recommendations for state and district
leaders. The collected series is available in a free eBook, Navigating the Digital Shift.

The International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL) has a well crafted

Statement of Principles for Model Legislation in States

. They also sponsor CompetencyWorks, the best source for policy and practice questions associated with
competency-based education (where students progress based on demonstrated mastery).

School models:
For most students, personalized learning will take place in schools that blend the best of online and face-to-face learning. The Christensen Institute defines emerging school models and has profiled exemplary blended learning schools.

Good schools challenge students and ask them to show what they know. For a profile of 20 exemplary schools representing ten school networks as well as some
leading school districts, see Deeper Learning for Every Student Every Day.

Another great source on innovative schools is the

Next Generation Learning Challenge

grantee profiles.

Also see our list of 38 Elementary & Middle Schools Worth Visiting and 35 High Schools Worth Visiting. For a catalog of reforms and cool schools
by city, see the Smart Cities series.

Trending topics.
For a how-to guide for schools and districts see: Blended Learning Implementation Guide 2.0 and Smart Series Guide to EdTech Procurement.
Why schools should join networks: Networks, Platforms, & Procurement.

On Promising school model/platform combos:

Ten trending policy issues:

Digital Learning Now! is a Getting Smart Advocacy Partner. Tom is a director of iNACOL.

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