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When You Choose a College, Choose a Community

When you choose a college, you’re not just choosing a college. You’re deciding where you’re going to live for the next four years, maybe more. You need to recognize you are making several important decisions, including what community you’ll call home. Consider your options and dig in to these questions. Where can you afford to live? If you know your . . .

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What Would Happen if We Put Students First?

The budget crisis in Pennsylvania has put a lot of stress on the school districts, their staffs and ultimately students. It’s been tough to watch over that last few months as new innovative programs and student opportunities have been put on the shelf. Hopefully the impasse will be resolved before the negative impact on students . . .

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School Budget Crisis Leaves Students in Need—Global Personalized Academics Steps in to Help

HARRISBURG, PA (December 14, 2015) — Starting today, Global Personalized Academics (GPA) will provide Pennsylvania students and teachers with new online course materials and instruction regardless of their ability to pay due to the ongoing school budget crisis. Many students in the state take online courses to address personal circumstances, scheduling conflicts, acceleration or remediation . . .

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Is Learning Agility Education’s Missing Ingredient?

Creative, curious, emotionally intelligent young adults who love learning. Yep, that’s how I want to describe my own kids when they are 17, wrapping up high school. But, if I am honest…I’m not exactly confident that our current system is helping to create adults who can remain curious and creative and develop emotional intelligence. I know my kids will be ready to . . .

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Chart Your Personalized Learning Voyage

The Mifflin County School District has two cyber academies. Yup. One high school. Two cyber academies—the Alpha Program and Mifflin County Online (MCO). Why two different, separately administered, separately staffed, and separately advertised cyber academies? I couldn’t help but ask Superintendent Jim Estep.  He responded, “We’re relentlessly in pursuit of opportunity for students. We’re relentlessly . . .

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How to Make Personalized Learning Transformational

Early in my teaching tenure, our energetic, reform-oriented superintendent opened a new school year with an all call for a paradigm shift in teaching and learning. As a debate coach, I was familiar with the term “paradigm shift.” In my world, it meant a significant change in public perception that influences policy advocacy. To our . . .

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Blended Learning Flex Model — Go Big or Go Home  

The flex model is the Grand Poobah of blended learning. The brave schools who take on must be totally and completely committed, with all the right materials and spaces to implement it effectively, otherwise they face a fast-sinking ship. What’s unique about this blended learning flex model, you ask? Mainly, it requires the entire school to be . . .