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 students from lower-income families were less likely to hold a growth mindset than their wealthier…

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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. This is an enormous opportunity for needed change. “Notably, the law provides financial and regulatory…

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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. For example: “The question is what those gains mean. How do you make sense of…

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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 fell in the lowest 25 percentile. “Bibb’s FLP is designed to prescribe differentiated instruction in…

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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 remains their most popular article over the last six months. That’s like being #1 on…

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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 what they learn.  They do suggest limiting the choices: “One practical way to facilitate limited…

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