Author Archives: Doug Mesecar

Will Congress Fund Personalized Learning This Year? What is the status of important funding decisions for personalized learning, such as the new Student Support and Academic Achievement block grant (Title IV of the Every Student Succeeds Act), Title I and other ed-tech funding sources and programs? [Read More...]
New Evidence That Personalized Learning Can Produce Powerful Results Education Elements, a Silicon Valley-based consultancy emerging as a national leader in the design and implementation of personalized learning, is out with fresh, forceful evidence that well-designed, effectively implemented, pedagogically driven personalized learning can yield inspiring educational outcomes. Education  [Read More...]
Right Topic, Wrong Question: Blended Learning In The EdNext Poll Education Next’s new annual poll purports to show lackluster and declining interest in blended learning.  However, the wording of the poll’s blended learning question is essentially about how much computer usage high schoolers should have during instruction.   To truly gauge [Read More...]
Appropriations Committee Approves Funding for Personalized Learning Districts looking to implement personalized learning will have support from federal funding, as a result of spending approved today by the House Appropriations Committee. The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) signed into law in December strongly encourages personalized learning and [Read More...]
Equality of Educational Opportunity Must Recognize Success of Student Outcomes – Testimony to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights WRITTEN TESTIMONY FOR THE U.S. COMMISSION ON CIVIL RIGHTS BRIEFING ON Public Education Funding Inequality in an Era of Increasing Concentration of Poverty and Resegregation DOUG MESECAR ADJUNCT SCHOLAR, LEXINGTON INSTITUTE MAY 20, 2016 Equality of Educational Opportunity Must Recognize [Read More...]
Improving Educational Opportunities and Outcomes for Military-Connected Students From the Newport News Daily Press “Tip of the spear” is a phrase sometimes used in military operations to mean the first soldiers and sailors to go into combat. In civilian usage, it can mean the first to venture into [Read More...]
Improve Educational Outcomes by Adopting Performance-Based Funding The Buffalo News New York has a new state budget that increases spending to almost $25 billion for the state’s districts and schools, a historic amount that comes with few, if any, expectations that the dollars produce demonstrable academic results. [Read More...]
From Good to Great Through Personalized Learning in Loudoun County, Virginia Click here to download the article as PDF. Executive Summary This fall, Northern Virginia’s Loudoun County Public Schools will introduce a new personalized learning approach in 15 elementary and secondary schools, adding a powerful strategy to the district’s overall vision [Read More...]
Personalizing Learning to Narrow Achievement Gaps in Middletown, NY (Presentation Slides) Mid-Atlantic Conference on Personalized Learning Click here to download the presentation as PDF. When Superintendent Ken Eastwood and his leadership team in the Enlarged City School District of Middletown, New York launched their transformative blended learning initiative, they did so [Read More...]
Charter Schools Emphasizing Character Education a Good Match for Virginia Does learning need integrity in order to produce young men and women ready to be positive, productive citizens?  Over the last few years, there has been a growing focus on the need to incorporate character development into school curricula. Two [Read More...]
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