|NGLC Awards Grants to Innovative Schools|
By: Tom Vander Ark
|June 19, 2012|
As a reviewer for the NGLC, I had the opportunity to read about half of these applications and was pleased with the quality of the applications. We wondered if we`d be able to come up with 20 applications that would be good enough, said program director Andy Calkins but now he says, "We no longer have that doubt; the pioneers are out there."
It was evident that blended learning has arrived -- common concepts and language was used across most of the applications. (We like to think it has something to do with fact that we quote Innosight`s blended learning reports weekly on GettingSmart.com.) There was more innovative thinking about teaching and learning than there was about scaling and that`s at least partially a function of the lack of robust learning platforms -- applicants were still trying to figure out how to glue stuff together. Calkins plans to work with the winners to "Develop viral expansion models that can scale geometrically, not arithmetically."
High school grantees get a $150k planning grant and are eligible for up to $300k in one-to-one matching funds. They include:
The college grantees represent efforts to "significantly improve
student access, persistence, and completion, without compromising the
quality of learning outcomes." Applicants were eligible for awards up to
$1 million and include:
NGLC is hosted by EDUCAUSE, the IT in higher ed folks, and sponsored by Gates and Hewlett. The release notes that "NGLC has awarded nearly $23 million in grants to 65 organizations and institutions focused on piloting and scaling new school and degree models, compiling evidence of what works, and accelerating adoption by creating cohorts of change agents."
The grant winners are well deserving recipients that emerged from a well managed process. NGLC is a great program -- we need a similar innovative new school development effort in every urban area of the country.
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