STEM Connection: From Classroom to Workplace

This case study, part of the Schools that Work series on Edutopia, showcases MC2 STEM High School in Cleveland, Ohio. A short overview is accompanied by many supporting resources that describe how the school gets its results. Also of note are the articles on project-based learning and mastery-based assessment. Each article describes the process used… Read More ›

Personal Opportunity Plans

Personal Opportunity Plans (POPs) – an ongoing process designed to maximize a student’s academic and personal development – create a set of systems and structures for supporting students at every step along their path toward a satisfying and successful future. This paper aims to support the adoption of POPs in conjunction with districts’ and schools’… Read More ›

More Efficient High Schools in Maine: Emerging Student-Centered Learning Communities

More Efficient High Schools in Maine: Emerging Student-Centered Learning Communities explores whether schools can be high performing, efficient, and student-centered at the same time. Seven of Maine’s high schools were selected for the study, of which five were classified as “more efficient” by exhibiting higher student academic performance and a higher return on spending. Findings… Read More ›

Student-Centered Learning: Life Academy of Health and Bioscience

At Life Academy of Health and Biosciences (Life Academy) in Oakland, California, student voice and choice drives every decision: what and how to teach, what structure will equip students and teachers to know and believe in each other, and how to bring out the best in students. At Life Academy, 99% of the student population… Read More ›

The Rise of K-12 Blended Learning: Profiles of Emerging Models

This report provides an overview of emerging blended and online learning models and includes profiles of forty K-12 schools using a range of blended models or have plans to blend online learning with brick and mortar classrooms. It offers a definition of blended learning developed by the Christensen Institute (formerly Innosight Institute) and Michael Horn.… Read More ›

Using Educational Technology to Help Students Get Back on Track

This brief explores ambitious, blended learning classrooms that help engage young people who have fallen off track to on-time graduation by incorporating the best elements of both face-to-face classrooms and virtual learning environments, enabling acceleration, flexibility, competency-based learning, customization, instructor interaction, and supportive tutoring. Access the Resource →

Pathways to Postsecondary Success

Pathways to Postsecondary Success, a project of UC/ACCORD, is a five-year set of mixed-methods studies focused on maximizing opportunities for low-income youth to earn higher education credentials. With support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the project aims to advance research on poverty; produce useful tools that improve educational opportunities and inform the U.S. policy agenda on the relationship between poverty and education.… Read More ›