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January 30, 2017

Last Chance—Michael Horn Webinar: Increasing Student Motivation

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Michael Horn on Increasing Student Achievement Through Engaging Digital Curriculum
“Increased student achievement is correlated to motivating coursework: An engaged and motivated student is more likely to be a high-achieving student.”
John Hattie, professor of education and director of the Melbourne Education Research Institute, University of Melbourne, Australia (2009)

But what does engagement-for-achievement look like in a digital environment? In order to keep all students motivated, especially those who struggle or have been disengaged from school, educators need to ensure that engagement is built into the very DNA of the course design. In the digital environment, engaged students experience personalized learning and actively participate in their learning.

Attend this webinar to hear Michael Horn and district leaders discuss how well-designed digital curriculum ensures that real learning takes place, engages students, and leads to higher achievement. They will provide examples of districts and schools that use personalized, competency-based blended learning to increase student motivation and graduation rates, and share resources that can help your district provide a path to success for all students.

Guests:

Michael Horn, co-founder and distinguished fellow, Clayton Christensen Institute for Disruptive Innovation

Camilla Liferidge-Pinckney, high school curriculum coordinator, Dorchester School District Two, S.C.

Kelly Purvis, middle school curriculum coordinator, Dorchester School District Two, S.C.

This webinar will be moderated by Jason Mitchell, Strategic Initiatives, Apex Learning

Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017, 2 to 3 p.m. ET

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January 23, 2017

Professional Learning Communities, Personalized PD: New Spotlights From Education Week

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January 8, 2017

Personalized Learning, Math, Social-Emotional Learning, and More: New Spotlights From Education Week

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November 7, 2016

[Special Report] Rewarding Failure: An Investigation of the Cyber Charter Industry

More on this Education Week series from last week…

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View Rewarding Failure: An Investigation of the Cyber Charter Industry, online now.
With growing evidence that the nation’s cyber charter schools are plagued by serious academic and management problems, Education Week conducted a months-long investigation into what is happening in this niche sector of K-12 schooling. The result is a deep-dive account of what’s wrong with cyber charters.
A Virtual Mess: Inside Colorado’s Largest Online Charter School
At Colorado’s 4,070-student GOAL Academy, just 1 in 4 students uses the learning software each day. The founder helped direct millions of dollars to his for-profit management company.
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Outsized Influence: Online Charters Bring Lobbying ‘A’ Game to States
Savvy lobbying, well-connected allies, and impassioned parents have helped keep online charters growing across states even in the face of often-poor results.
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Cyber Charters: Widespread Reports of Trouble
Education Week reviewed hundreds of news stories and dozens of state audits that document problems in the sector that date to the early 2000s.
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November 4, 2016

EXCLUSIVE: Education Week Investigates Cyber Charter Schools

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EDUCATION WEEK INVESTIGATES CYBER CHARTERS


WASHINGTON—November 3, 2016Education Week has just released an exclusive report on troubling conditions in the country’s cyber charter schools. Rewarding Failure: AnEducation Week Investigation of Cyber Charters features in-depth reporting and an interactive map that chronicles problems at cyber charters spanning 15 years and 22 states.

Education Week’s investigation turned up exclusive data on how rarely students use the learning software at Colorado’s largest cyber charter, and uncovered another multi-million-dollar example of the kind of questionable mismanagement practices that have plagued virtual charter schools for years. The report also features a comprehensive breakdown of the sophisticated lobbying effort that has kept the sector growing despite its problems.

Highlights From the Report:

A Virtual Mess: Inside Colorado’s Largest Online Charter School: Reporter Benjamin Herold unravels the story of the 4,000-student GOAL Academy, where just 1 in 4 students use the learning software each day and the school’s founder helped direct 5.2 million in taxpayer dollars to his own for-profit management company.

• Outsized Influence: Online Charters Bring Lobbying ‘A’ Game to States: Reporter Arianna Prothero examines how savvy lobbying, well-placed allies, and organized parent groups have helped keep the cyber charter industry growing even in the face of often-poor results.

• Cyber Charters: Widespread Reports of Trouble: Education Week compiled dozens of media accounts, audits, and investigations of cyber charter schools, and created an interactive map that lets the public see how cyber charters have made news in their state.

• In Defense of Cyber Charters: Connections Education Speaks Out:The nation’s second-largest operator of full-time virtual schools responds to criticism and provides its take on how to ensure better accountability in the sector.

Additional Resources:

• The full investigative report is available online: Rewarding Failure: An Education WeekInvestigation of Cyber Charters

• Education Week’s extensive coverage of charter schools

• Press inquiries: Education Week reporters Benjamin Herold and Arianna Prothero are available for media requests. Please contact Amanda Morales at amandamorales@epe.org or (212) 725-7038.


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