Hybrid Innovation: Seeds for Change in K-12 Education

Hybrid Innovation:  Seeds for Change in K-12 Education

As researchers, we are also part of the K-12 ecosystem. This undertaking, which combines both research into individual schools (the trees) with a higher-level view at the incredible diversity of schools that are innovating (the forest), attempts to bring visibility to the efforts of a range of schools and districts whose stories have not necessarily been shared elsewhere. In an earlier blogpost, we discussed some of the problems that arise when we use a limited sample set in telling the stories of K-12 innovation. Therefore, this blog project works to answer a whole host of other questions, such as how schools and leaders seeking to innovate can find the people, resources, and strategies that will best help them, sowing the seeds of transformation.

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Personalized Learning: It's Not Just for Kids Anymore

Personalized Learning: It's Not Just for Kids Anymore

What elements of personalized learning are we using for students - but not with teachers? Inquiring minds want to know! As educators from across the field of K-12 and higher education, the Institute for Teaching and Leading (i4tl) research team has experienced professional learning from a variety of perspectives.

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Seeing Both the Forest and the Trees: Exploring Innovative Practices Across the K-12 Landscape

Seeing Both the Forest and the Trees:  Exploring Innovative Practices Across the K-12 Landscape

When conducting research in the K-12 learning space, we often have to choose: Will we go for a high-level analysis to get the 30,000 foot view, or will we focus on deep dive case studies that illustrate successful or innovative implementation of a specific strategy? A new project from the Christensen Institute attempts to bridge the gap. Introducing the Center for Research and Innovation’s newest blog, “Innovative Practices,” a 12-part series highlighting schools and districts innovating towards more student-centered learning.

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Not All Tech Use is Created Equal: Addressing Equity in Personalized Learning

Not All Tech Use is Created Equal:  Addressing Equity in Personalized Learning

“The future is already here — it's just not evenly distributed” - William Gibson. The use of digital learning has increased in K-12 education settings across the nation, but many schools and districts are struggling to bring the transformative potential of digital learning to all students.

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Digital Learning Leadership: Choosing Actions for Impact

Digital Learning Leadership: Choosing Actions for Impact

Leaders involved in digital learning initiatives in their districts are often engaged in managing transformational change at scale, shifting “education as usual” for all school stakeholders as they implement their digital learning model. For our study, the actions of school and district leadership were examined for their level of impact on the empowerment, self-efficacy, mindset, and motivation of other stakeholders. In short, were the actions indicated supporting meaningful organizational change in the transition to digital learning?

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Overcoming the ‘Immovable Mountains’

Overcoming the ‘Immovable Mountains’

As I am packing my bags (read: "throwing things that might eventually go into the bags into a large pile to be sifted through sometime between now and a 3 am trip to the airport where I will have coffee and a green chile sausage breakfast burrito and watch the sun come up over the Sandias in Albuquerque, New Mexico, which is not a bad way to start your day, by the way”) for a trip to the National Customized Learning Summit, I’ve been thinking about mountains.

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Defining a Changing Landscape: Can Our Language Keep Up with Our Learning Models?

Defining a Changing Landscape:  Can Our Language Keep Up with Our Learning Models?

Is it blended? Is it personalized? Is it customized? Sometimes, it seems as though our industry’s collective emphasis on the terminology of digital learning - on what it is - gets in the way of looking at characteristics of high-quality implementations in order to learn what is working instead.

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A Roadmap for Change: Moving Your Personalized Learning Program Forward

A Roadmap for Change:  Moving Your Personalized Learning Program Forward

The transformational promise of online, blended, and digital learning is far from realized in the vast majority of our classrooms, schools, and districts - and consequently, for our students as well. So what is holding us back from truly revolutionizing teaching and learning across our country?

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Personalized Education Comes with Pain - and Gain

Personalized Education Comes with Pain - and Gain

We’ve all heard the saying, “It’s a marathon, not a sprint,” but recent research by the Institute for Teaching and Leading into educational programs across the country demonstrates that this saying may be even more true than we think when it comes to the digital learning landscape.

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May The Force (Field) Be With You: A Strategy For Identifying Desired Change

May The Force (Field) Be With You:  A Strategy For Identifying Desired Change

May the Force be with you school leaders!  You are the Obi-Wan Kenobis of the educational Jedi, proven adept strategists. Like the Jedi, you utilize tools such as the Force Field Analysis to help, protect, defend and strive for peaceful and non-combative solutions to any challenge, problem, situation or project you encounter.

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