Betsy Corcoran

Personalized Learning’s Unknowns: Silicon Schools’ Five-Year Journey

“We do not believe that there is yet definitive proof that personalized learning works better than other models.”­All That We’ve Learned: Five Years of Working on Personalized Learning

Making Personalized Learning Real

If April is the cruelest month as the poets say, I nominate September as the most hopeful.

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Teach Love

Teach love, not hate. There's no more important lesson. Here are a few of the notable comments shared yesterday on the tragedy in Virginia.  "....People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love......For love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite." - Nelson Mandela

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Digital Ivy: Harvard Business School’s Next Online Program

Yes, this is a program that’s all about the numbers.A triad of Harvard institutions—its business School, the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS), and the department of statistics—are teaming up with Maryland-based digital education company, 2U, to offer an online executive education certificate in business analytics.

?Top Education Researchers Jump Ship to Join Digital Promise

Education research is about to pick up its clock speed. When people talk about the “gold standard” of research, the name SRI International often comes up. Now they will have to add Digital Promise to that list.

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Microcredentials and Macro-dollars: How an Online Ad Led 2U's Chip Paucek to Make a $120M Bet

Chip Paucek is an entrepreneur’s entrepreneur. After two other startups sputtered, Paucek cofounded and runs 2U, which made its debut on the public market in March 2014. It closed that first day at $13.90 and has since grown to more than $50 a share. He lives the product, too: Paucek earned his own MBA by taking classes through 2U’s program with North Carolina’s Kenan-Flagler Business School.

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Learning Science Researcher, Bror Saxberg Joins Chan Zuckerberg Initiative

The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative said today that Dr. Bror Saxberg will join the organization to “lead our efforts to improve and accelerate the use of learning science and ‘learning engineering.’” Saxberg had previously been Chief Learning Officer at Kaplan Inc. Saxberg is widely known through education for his work on the science of learning—namely, research and development that aims to bring an analytical approach to understanding what shapes learning.

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Ever Feel Just ‘Average’? Think Again, Says Todd Rose

No one would call Todd Rose, Harvard professor and best-selling author, “average.” Then again, he wouldn’t call anyone average, either.

Jessie Woolley-Wilson: How ‘Benevolent Friction’ Guides DreamBox

Jessie Woolley-Wilson is a quietly powerful force in education. For the past six and half years, she has led DreamBox Learning, growing the company from a startup into one of the leading providers of online math tools for elementary school children. Her steady but firm discipline of the company is a case study in how to grow an organization, especially in a complex industry such as education. She began her career as a banker but soon realized that to be true to her core beliefs, she wanted to have a role in education.

The Next Stage for EdSurge Concierge

Over the past 24 months, the Concierge team at EdSurge has listened to more than 180 school and district administrators seeking new edtech tools. We’ve taken notes, created need profiles for more than 200 instructional problems and matched those needs with more than 450 unique products from the EdSurge Index. At the same time, with support from the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program, we have worked steadily on a research project testing the idea of an online diagnostic tool.

Now it's time to move to the next stage.

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