Colorado’s crummy policies lead to crummy virtual schools Posted on October 24th, 2011 by Michael B. Horn

An investigation of Colorado’s full-time virtual schools has revealed some dubious results and practices, which led the state’s Senate President to call for an emergency audit of all of Colorado’s virtual schools. But the state shouldn’t be shocked by the report. As the truism goes, you get what you pay for. Colorado’s policy environment incentivizes […]



Louisiana’s Digital Future

Executive Summary Nationwide, online learning is booming. Just over a decade ago, fewer than 50,000 K-12 students took an online course; today several million students do, and the growth of online learning is accelerating. According to one study, in 2010, 30 percent of high school students reported taking at least one online course. Some students […]


From skateboarding cats to student outcomes: YouTube poised to fuel education transformation Posted on November 14th, 2012 by Charity Eyre

The website that gave us viral videos of skateboarding cats also has the potential to give us a powerful platform to help transform education. In preparation for an Education Summit last month at YouTube headquarters, event organizers asked all attendees to read the article entitled “How Do We Transform Our Schools?” by Clayton Christensen and […]




Two things parents worry about most

Sal Khan’s book The One World School House offers a provocative vision for the future of schools. So I am reluctant to nitpick, but one sentence in the introduction caught my eye. He wrote that “parents worry aloud that their children are falling behind relative to some vague, mysterious, yet powerful set of standards.” The […]



Convening Rhode Island around digital learning

On February 11, 2012, about 300 school leaders, teachers, legislators, field experts, parents, and students gathered in Providence for a day-long conference devoted to digital learning in Rhode Island. Teachers left the conference, titled “Innovation Powered by Technology,” with a sense of what they could begin to do in their own classrooms to further blended […]


Blended-Learning Model Definitions

1.     Rotation model – a program in which within a given course or subject (e.g., math), students rotate on a fixed schedule or at the teacher’s discretion between learning modalities, at least one of which is online learning. Other modalities might include activities such as small-group or full-class instruction, group projects, individual tutoring, and pencil-and-paper assignments. a)      Station Rotation – a Rotation-model […]