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Fit for Purpose: Taking the Long View on Systems Change and Policy to Support Competency Education

This paper explores and reflects on the issues state policy needs to address in the long-term to support a transformation of K-12 education systems.

Personalized learning and competency-based education systems, designed to ensure equity, hold promise to prepare all students for success in college, career and civic life. This report shares strategies for policy to support systems change over the long haul toward competency-based systems that ensure mastery and success for all students.

This publication intends to spark conversation around core concepts that policy needs to address to achieve sustainable systems transformation toward personalized, competency-based education systems. It introduces four ‘threshold concepts’ to help us think differently about what is possible in an equitable future education system where all students succeed, and how to address deep-seated systems design flaws across K-12 education.

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Gates Foundation, Chan Zuckerberg Asked for Big New Education Ideas. Here's What They Got.

Do schools need artificial intelligence that can "detect and predict learning styles associated with different personality traits?"

What about "an intelligent learning companion that would ask students to teach a simulated digital peer while tracking students' mathematical understanding?"

Or a new digital tool based on advances in "precision medicine" that would gather information about students' working memory, attention spans, and ability to manage their thoughts and feelings?

Those are just three of the 465 fresh ideas that left the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative "tremendously inspired and encouraged," according to a just-released summary of responses to the groups' joint request for state-of-the-art new approaches to education, originally announced last May.

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The Most Powerful Person in Silicon Valley

Billionaire Masayoshi Son–not Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, or Mark Zuckerberg–has the most audacious vision for an AI-powered utopia where machines control how we live. And he’s spending hundreds of billions of dollars to realize it. Are you ready to live in Masa World?

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Schools Don't Have to Reinvent the Wheel

Organizations that bring proven models to many schools could increase the pace of innovation.

By Tara Mathewson

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Schools all across the country face similar challenges: gaps in achievement, student absenteeism, diminishing student interest in school from one grade to the next, out-of-school trauma that affects the way students learn, and the list goes on. But while these challenges are shared, many schools attack them as though they are facing them alone. They develop unique solutions to common problems.

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Why Real Mistakes Lead to Bigger Innovations

by Ramon Salinas

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Executive decision-making often makes or breaks innovation success. Most organizations are capable of generating ideas, but struggle with the process of choosing when, where, and how to commit dedicated resources to explore or develop promising ideas.

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Age of Agility, Presented by America Succeeds

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Harvard Business Review
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Design Public
7 Awesome Videos on Innovation

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ctnext - Connecticut's Innovation Ecosystem

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American Legislative Exchange Council
The Innovation Schools and School Districts Act