Archive for December, 2012

Meet Michael Horn, education disrupter

Michael Horn, activist and writer, is spearheading efforts to turn the education system on its ear: to move away from the familiar old classroom, in which students learn in large groups and advance from grade to grade, too fast for some kids, too slowly for others. That’s been called “the factory model” of education. And just […]…

TeacherMate helps kids learn to read in Miami Dade

An NPR-sponsored report gave a nice shout-out today to an Innovation for Learning project that’s teaching 600 South Florida children to read. The students are using the digital TeacherMate program to learn how to read with help from volunteers. According to the story from StateImpact, a project of local public radio stations and NPR: The students are […]…

Happy holidays from the staff of IFL!

The Innovations for Learning staff got together for a holiday party this week, and now we’d like to extend our warmest greetings to you, our readers, and all who are working to improve education. It’s our 20th anniversary, and the staff surprised founder Seth Weinberger with this plaque to mark how far we’ve come since […]…

Tim Daly, developer of new teachers, joins IFL board

Timothy Daly, president of TNTP, a nonprofit that’s taking the lead in recruiting and training new teachers for poor and minority students, has joined the Innovations for Learning board of directors. “We are thrilled to have Tim join the board of directors,” said Seth Weinberger, IFL’s founder and executive director. “He is one of the […]…

An easy call: Classrooms connecting worldwide with Skype

Victor Villegas is a fifth-grade teacher in Irving, Texas. His 22 students mostly come from poor, struggling families whose first language is Spanish and whose way forward to college or careers is not certain or easy. But Villegas sees technology as a great equalizer: with only an Internet connection, a very wide world is within […]…