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PORTLAND, ME – New England’s four-year high school graduation rate increased by nearly eight percentage points from 2009 to 2015, according to an annual report from the New England Secondary School Consortium’s Common Data Project, which was publicly released today. This increase in graduation rates represents several thousand additional high school students earning diplomas in Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and … Read Full Article →

The Student Centered Learning Podcast host, Arthur Eduardo Baraf, interviews Courtney Jacobs to discuss the “what” and “why” of Competency-Based Learning, and the “how” of implementation. Courtney is a senior associate at the Great Schools Partnership.

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From The Atlantic

Published October 11, 2016

By Tanya Paperny

Three hours from Portland, Maine, and two hours from the state capital of Augusta, picturesque Deer Isle has two towns on it (Deer Isle and Stonington), a combined year-round population of about 2,500 people, and not a single fast-food chain—or any chain store for that matter. Those who live beyond the … Read Full Article →

From Education Week

Published October 18, 2016

By Sean Cavanagh

On Mondays at Luella Middle School, the big, broad goal of “personalized learning” gets distilled down to a simple concept: Students who need extra help get it.

All students at the school in the Henry County system in Georgia spend an entire day once a week with access to additional academic support. The decisions about … Read Full Article →

Over the past decade, the movement to adopt proficiency-based approaches to teaching, learning, and graduating has gained momentum throughout New England and the country, as more educators, parents, employers, and elected officials recognize that high educational standards and strong academic preparation are essential to success in today’s world.

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A school in Vermont has taken an unusual path to remedy the old story of students who are chronically disengaged from school. It has reinvented itself to put students at the center. At Harwood Union High School, students shape every major policy. Join one of the school’s co-principals to find out why its adults built this unusually deep partnership with their students, and what effect it’s had.

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