Archive for January, 2013

Staff reflections: Michele Pulver

In this series, “Staff Reflections,” we introduce the members of the Innovations for Learning team, who will tell us what brought them to our organization and why they’re excited to do this work.  Today: Michele Pulver, National Director for Teacher Services I am a speech-language pathologist by training and began my career working in schools and in […]…

Innovations for Learning: The video version

Check out this wonderful video about Innovations for Learning. It gives a great picture of how IFL is helping children learn to read in public school classrooms. It was produced by the group Make It Better, as a prize for winning one of its 2012 Philanthropy Awards. Make It Better elaborates on Innovations for Learning’s […]…

Video games and learning: A conversation with James Gee

Why will kids be bored and restless all day in school — but then go home to play video games, rooting themselves in front of the screen hour after hour, no matter how difficult or frustrating the game may be? James Paul Gee has been pondering this question for some time. A noted linguist and […]…

Staff reflections: Heather Kamenear

In this series, “Staff Reflections,” we introduce the members of the Innovations for Learning team, who will tell us what brought them to our organization and why they’re excited to do this work.  Today: Heather Kamenear, National Coordinator, Online Tutoring.   My main role at Innovations For Learning is to train tutors, assign them to students, and […]…

Eyeing the times, these libraries chuck the books

It seems the time has come for the tomes to go. Say hello to the book-less library. A Catholic prep school in suburban Minneapolis cleared almost all its physical books out of its library. Students at Benile-St. Margaret’s now sit at tables and chairs and work at their laptops in the place where stacks of […]…

Staff reflections: Barbara Gilbert

In this series, “Staff Reflections,” we introduce the members of the Innovations for Learning team, who will tell us what brought them to our organization and why they’re excited to do this work.  Today: Barbara Gilbert, National Education Director. I came to Innovations for Learning because of a passion for its mission: spreading  blended learning […]…

Staff reflections: Howard Goodman

In this series, “Staff Reflections,” we introduce the members of the Innovations for Learning team, who will tell us what brought them to our organization and why they’re excited to do this work.  Today: Howard Goodman, Staff Writer    I’m Howard Goodman and I write and manage the blog you’re reading. I came to Innovations for […]…

PBS profiles Michelle Rhee: The good and bad of school reform

Want a quick understanding of the school reform movement? Public Broadcasting ran a terrific documentary last night on Michelle Rhee and her controversial reign as the head of Washington, D.C.’s public schools. You can catch it online here — and if you’re at all interested  in the state of public-school education, you should. PBS is […]…

Staff reflections: Barbara Goodman

In this series, “Staff Reflections,” we introduce the members of the Innovations for Learning team, who will tell us what brought them to our organization and why they’re excited to do this work.  Today: Barbara Goodman, Co-Editor, Publications. I’ve long had an interest in children and literacy. I majored in elementary education as an undergraduate at the University […]…

Staff reflections: John Friedman

In this series, “Staff Reflections,” we introduce the members of the Innovations for Learning team, who will tell us what brought them to our organization and why they’re excited to do this work.  Today: John Friedman, Director of Software Development. My name is John Friedman and my title is Director of Software Development. In the late […]…