To Spark and Scale Innovation Across School Districts, ‘Every Day Is Day One’

Running a lemonade stand may be the most entrepreneurial project that many students get to experience. But increasingly, schools leaders want to take the spirit of these old-fashioned projects and create more—and more meaningful—opportunities for students and teachers alike to think creatively and build skills that will prepare them for future careers.

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Goodbye Cash and Checks—Here's How to Choose a Safe and Effective School Payment System

School expenses, such and lunch and field trips, are big business in United States. Paying for these expenses is a huge logistical headache for most parents. Every year families across the country hand over more than $41 billion to their children’s schools to cover everything from after-school care to athletics, field trips to fundraising, and more. Incredibly, the vast majority of these payments are made in-person, with cash or personal checks.

The Second Wave of MOOC Hype is Here, and it’s Online Degrees

In the past year or so there's been a flurry of announcements from the big MOOC providers involving new degree programs based around their online courses. Earlier this year, for instance, Coursera announced six new degrees, including the first-ever MOOC-based Bachelors.

Four Classroom-Ready Tips to Boost Reading Engagement and Drive Learning

What leads to reading success? In my view, success with reading doesn’t follow from drill and kill practices that stifle interest and motivation. Rather, it follows from nurturing a love of reading and closing the reading engagement gap—the discrepancy between how students engage with modern digital content and how they engage with traditional texts in school.

How Using Slack Can Improve Socratic Seminars

If you’ve ever tried a Socratic seminar with your students, or know a colleague who has, this story may sound eerily familiar: After spending the semester shoring up students’ contextual knowledge through multimedia presentations and analyzing primary and secondary sources together, students file in for the big day and gently pick up their Socratic seminar prep packet.

Reading the Trend Lines Reshaping Education: A Look at Bryan Alexander’s Book in Progress

Futurists play a mental game of obsessively tracking what’s new right now and making imaginative leaps to predict what might come, say, ten years out. So what do futurists say is coming for higher education?

The Maps for Learning Don’t Exist Yet

Editor’s note: This is a response to a post from EdSurge columnist Michael Horn, “Why Google Maps—not Netflix or Amazon—Points to the Future of Education.”Dear Michael,

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For Free Community College, Online Learning Isn’t Always Part of the Recipe for Success

Free community college programs are springing up around the country, aiming to bring more students to local higher-ed institutions. But several colleges experimenting with such programs are avoiding a tactic that other public institutions are increasingly using to boost numbers: online learning.That’s the case in Tennessee—one of the first states to introduce a free college program, called Tennessee Promise—where advisors at some campuses steer students participating in the program away from online courses.

How Cornell University Diversified Its Incoming PhD Computer Science Student Body

When a professor posted a Twitter thread about how Cornell University improved diversity in its computer-science PhD program, it quickly went viral.“[W]e made a big step in improving diversity of the program. Let me tell you about it,” wrote David Bindel, the PhD admissions chair for Cornell University’s Computer Science department, earlier this month.

The Brief Life of a College Alternative: MissionU Will Cease Operations After Sale to WeWork

Traditional colleges don’t open, or close, very often. But in the world of experimental higher education, new entities can pop up quickly, and can shut down with little fanfare.

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