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The New England Secondary School Consortium is inviting schools from New England and across the nation to submit proposals to present at the 6th Annual High School Redesign in Action Conference, March 26-27, 2015.

The High School Redesign in Action conference is the New England Secondary School Consortium’s sixth annual conference for educators to share success stories, exchange best practices, and continue to build momentum for … Read Full Article →

“Momentum: Progress in Action,” a collection of articles highlighting the positive impact of high standards on student learning across the country, was released by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation this week. The newsletter features an inspiring success story from Nancy Barile, an English teacher at Revere High School, where Great Schools Partnership has worked since 2010:

“Eighty … Read Full Article →

Edutopia published this story on July 7, 2014 under the title A Working Model for Blended Learning in an Urban School. The post was written by Nicholas Donahue is the president and CEO of the Nellie Mae Education Foundation, and Dr. … Read Full Article →

The grassroots online newspaper The Evolution, which publishes news about the impact that nontraditional educational programs have on higher education and society, recently interviewed Linda Schott, president of the University of Maine at Presque Isle, and Ray Rice, provost, about the university’s transition to proficiency-based learning. Schott and Rice discuss the reasons why the … Read Full Article →

The push to get proficiency-based education into more New England high schools got a boost this week, when 55 public universities in five states endorsed this hands-on approach to learning. Under proficiency-based systems, students need to continuously show that they’re mastering key skills in their subjects throughout their high school careers. Proponents say the stamp of approval from public universities and community colleges will mean a more … Read Full Article →

Most Maine high schools say they need more time to begin awarding diplomas based on proficiency and not seat time or credit hours. Last week, the state gave high schools the option to complete this work by 2020, instead of 2018. A handful, though, don’t need any extension. Jay Field reports from the Midcoast on a high school that’s been focusing on proficiency-based learning for years, and is now serving as a model for others across the state. … Read Full Article →