This implementation guide from Digital Learning Now and the Foundation for Excellence in Education is the fifth document in a series focused on making the connection between blended learning and the implementation of the Common Core State Standards. The guide aims to support school and district leaders in the transition to a blended learning model by providing specific guidance related to: creating the conditions for success, planning, implementation, and continuous improvement.
This report explains the process colleges, states, and other organizations use to recognize prior learning and transfer credit. The report also examines institutional policies that impede student progress toward earning college credits and transferring these credits through and among institutions. Additionally, examples of colleges and systems that allow for successful recognition of prior learning and transfer of credit are provided and best practices for using competencies and other methods for college degree attainment, other than just credit hours, are presented.
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This report provides a profile of 38 schools and details how these schools have implemented strategies to promote and advance college readiness. The report outlines each school, characteristics that make the school unique, and lessons learned from undertaking particular strategies. The report is organized into six sections: 1) alternative schools, 2) charter schools, 3) comprehensive schools, 4) early college high schools, 5) magnet schools, and 6) private schools. In several cases, schools may have utilized more than one strategy to achieve their goal.
In this brief, the author discusses the benefits of online learning for increasing a student's career readiness through means besides career and technical education (CTE). In order for students to be ready for careers, they must have access to educational opportunities that provide skills in a variety of academic and non-academic areas. The author argues that online learning can provide this access to those students who may not otherwise receive it through traditional schooling.
This issue brief from the Alliance for Excellent Education addresses the use of technology and online learning as a means for improving the current U.S. education system. The authors examine three major challenges facing the education system: 1) the growing demand for global skills; 2) projected long-term funding deficits; and 3) shortage of quality teachers.