Author Archives: Kevin Briley

The Most Important Educational Research of 2016!

Growth MindSet is working. We at Ascend Education will continue to promote it and use it’s tenants to improve our products and services. “(This study) explores the relationship between incomeand mindset for the first time, to our knowledge, finding that … Continue reading

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It’s Time to Turn Nationwide Attention to Math!

Fair warning!  I am about to vent.  Too often, when I have talked with district and school administrators about the need for helping students improve in math I hear “I know. But we’re focusing on reading now.”  We have been … Continue reading

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Play Holiday Bears On Us

Happy Holidays From Ascend Math We hope you have a wonderful and safe holiday break. Last year, we created a special game for Ascend Math students called Holiday Bears.  We’ve been asked by many to reissue this game for the … Continue reading

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Time to Ask “What’s Not Working? “

We’re midway through the school year. In business, many will be wrapping up another fiscal year.  Conventional wisdom would state this is a good time to ask “What’s Working?”  Knowing what’s working may lead to good feelings but rarely to … Continue reading

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How States Could Improve the State of Education Starting Now!

A new federal law called Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) hands more control over education to state leaders.  Rather than threatening them for failing to achieve certain test scores, the law provides money and guidance pursue new models of education. … Continue reading

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More Students Graduating High School? Great! But then what?

Great article by Education Week this week. Recently, the White House announced the national high school graduate rate has reached 83.2 percent. President Obama called it the “highest on record.”  However, the Ed Week article brings up some important questions. … Continue reading

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High Achieving Students Need Individual Study Plans as Well

In past blog posts I’ve talked about the need for individual study plans in math for students below grade level.  Recently, NPR released an article worth reading on the needs of students working above grade level.  A new report shows … Continue reading

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Blended Learning Success Video from Macon Schools

Beginning in 2014, Bibb County schools in Macon, Georgia began a Flexible Learning Program (FLP) utilizing Ascend Math in several schools including Howard Middle School. The students in the FLP were those most at risk of failing math. These students … Continue reading

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Growth Mindset Top EdWeek Article, Gathering Momentum

I first read Carol Dweck’s book outlining her groundbreaking research on “Growth Mindset” shortly after its release.  Today, more than ever, her groundbreaking work is influencing K-12 leaders world-wide. An Education Week article written by Carol one year ago today … Continue reading

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Personalized Learning vs Individualized Learning: a second look

A short time ago I remarked upon the eSchool News article:  3 ways the flipped classroom leads to better subject mastery.  Once again the idea that for truly personalized learning to take place students need to be involved in choosing … Continue reading

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