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Julia Freeland

    Author Website: http://www.christenseninstitute.org/our-team/julia-freeland/


    Author Bio:
    Julia Freeland is a research fellow at the Clayton Christensen Institute. Her research focuses on innovative policies and practices in K-12 education. Prior to joining the Institute, Julia worked at NewSchools Venture Fund, a venture philanthropy organization that supports education entrepreneurs who are transforming public education. She also served as an instructor in the Yale College Seminar Program and a summer associate at Farella Braun + Martel LLP, a litigation firm in San Francisco. Julia graduated from Princeton University with a BA in Comparative Literature and Latin American Studies. She also received a JD from Yale Law School.


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Look to Course Access to Expand Students’ Horizons

Course access is a powerful tool to make particular courses available to students who otherwise wouldn’t be able to take them.

09/22/2014

Three Insights on “Self-Directed Learning”—and How to Aim for Equity

The real innovation behind Summit Public Schools’ work is that it appears its teachers and leaders are beginning to identify, in this new context, what role to play when and for which students.

09/05/2014

Why is Competency- Based Education So Hard to Study?

The term “competency-based” often describes a wide range of classroom practices, but schools that call themselves competency-based may not subscribe to all such practices.

08/28/2014

Who Are Your Teachers? New Technology for Humanity

We are witnessing a particularly exciting breed of edtech that focuses on relationships and networks as much as academic content and assessment.

08/25/2014

Can We Strike 1-to-1 from the Edu-Dictionary?

A 1-to-1 laptop or iPad roll out is not a new instructional model. Whether a student can or cannot carry a machine around all day tells us little to nothing about a school’s actual pedagogy, about the quality of interactions between students and teachers, or about the rigor of the software programs delivered through those devices.

07/28/2014

Why Kids are Hiring Competency- Based Education

An alternative school in Boston offers flexibility in pacing, help when students need it, and the chance to continuously reengage on material even if you didn’t master it the first time around–in all, the flexibility, support, and hope that human beings, and particularly teenagers, crave.

07/21/2014

Teacher Autonomy and Blended Learning at USC Hybrid High School

A blended-learning high school experiments with new roles for teachers.

06/16/2014

What Does Competency- Based Education Have To Do With Disruption?

Competency-based education offers a philosophy of how students ought to progress through material; it frees students from the lock step, age-based progressions in traditional schooling.

05/30/2014

Letting Go of Time-Based Practices: A closer look at what’s happening in New Hampshire

New Hampshire was the first state to abolish the Carnegie Unit, which made way for the first statewide experiment in competency-based education at the high school level.

05/12/2014

Software Vendors Shouldn’t Ignore the Groundwork for Edtech

As online learning marches upmarket, we can’t ignore the basic unmet infrastructure needs inside the vast majority of America’s school buildings.

04/28/2014

Will Youth CareerConnect Disrupt or Sustain?

The ambitious program could fund the development of truly disruptive models for educating students in a manner that is tightly connected to workforce opportunities.

04/17/2014

Alternatives to the Traditional

Montgomery County, Md. will overhaul its struggling alternative school program using personalized, competency-based, and online components.

03/19/2014

Can Pre-K Blaze the Way to Disruption?

Because half of 3 and 4 year olds are not enrolled in pre-K today, we have an opportunity to foster disruptive innovations that could change the way we think about childcare, parenting, and education.

03/03/2014

“Pulling” In New Edtech Solutions? The Federal Agenda to Bolster Learning Technology

How can the government best incentivize and speed up the creation of “high impact” learning technologies?

02/05/2014

Libraries and Diplomas — and the Players in Between

Are libraries repositioning themselves as learning centers that eventually might serve as schools of the future?

01/24/2014

Can Technology Cultivate Social Capital?

In addition to altering instruction, technology stands to reshape how we guide and mentor students, and how we might expand their social and professional networks.

12/31/2013

A Chance for Federal Investment in Competency- Based Education: Youth CareerConnect

Competency-based education and career and technical education can go hand-in-hand to ensure that students are mastering the skills necessary to workforce readiness.

12/17/2013

Technology Tools Lag Our Competency- Based Aspirations

The edtech market consists of numerous niche solutions that fail to provide educators with integrated solutions.

12/02/2013

Barriers to Competency- Based Innovation Aren’t Just Coming from Above

Transforming from a time-based to a competency-based system upends the traditional culture, structure, and schedule in schools and districts. Bell schedules, grading policies, academic department structures, fixed sense of course scope and sequence, and familiarity with whole-group instruction may all be exerting the tug of status quo bias.

11/25/2013
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