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Fund research and development in education

Almost no industry spends as little on research and development as the education industry. We have educators, who are often poorly trained in effective research techniques, doing research in their spare time, and we have a small number of independent researchers in universities. We need to improve funding for research and development, and develop ways to test out educational ideas (while safeguarding the education of ...more »

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Define models for CBO-school blended learning partnerships

This idea emerged from a meeting to develop an action agenda to advance blended-learning partnerships between schools and community-based organizations (CBOs) For more background on that meeting see http://www.ed.gov/about/inits/list/fbci/blendedcbo.pdf Practitioners, policy makers, and entrepreneurs need potential models to anchor off of - to advance blended learning partnerships between schools and CBOs. A possible ...more »

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Leveraging Virtual Professional Development

How can we expand opportunities and awareness of virtual professional development to all educators? How do we develop empowered and "highly connected teachers", a concept often referred to by the DoE's Karen Cator? Tech savvy educators are leveraging Web 2.0 tools to build personal learning networks which support their interests and professional development needs (see Steve Hargadon's Classroom 2.0 site for example: ...more »

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