Smarter Schools secures Straight A Fund grant 

Submitted on Tues.,   7/23/2014



Smarter Schools helped secure a $1.1 million grant from Ohio's Straight A Fund for Milford and Cincinnati schools to implement a case-based teaching approach in 18 school buildings designed to encourage more students into STEM fields.

Project partners include the Partnership for  


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Smarter Schools advances Ohio Smart Schools

Submitted on Thu, 8/8/2013

The Smarter Schools web site highlights and advances the work of Ohio Smart Schools that led to significant reforms in Ohio to promote efficiency and effectiveness in education. The Ohio Smart Schools initiative was spearheaded by Andrew Benson for KnowledgeWorks and Ohio Education Matters beginning in 2010 and undergirds the Smarter Schools work.



Kevin Snyder of the Lancaster City Schools says teachers in his 6,500-student district are demanding blended learning. Check out his guest blog.

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Harvard Business School case-based approach lands at elementary school 

See what Soapbox Cincinnati wrote about the Straight A Fund project with Milford and Cincinnati schools.

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Blended Learning: Teaching with tech isn't if, but how

Submitted 3/4/2014
Anthony Kim, CEO and Founder of Education Elements, and Andrew Benson, Executive Director of Smarter Schools, co-write an opinion piece in The Cincinnati Enquirer about the opportunity of the Ohio Blended Learning Network. 
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Smarter Schools airs on NPR affiliates

Smarter Schools has provided support to public radio stations WVXU in Cincinnati and WOSU in Columbus, which are airing radio spots about Smarter Schools and its support of the Ohio Blended Learning Network.

Listen to the radio spot

​Storytelling brings education reform to life

Submitted on Sun, 12/15/2013

Educators are being asked to change decades of teaching practice to do more for students with fewer resources. Telling the story of their struggle is illuminating for those outside the classroom and worthy of attention. Smarter Schools will carry on a storytelling tradition as innovation spreads through classrooms in Ohio.  

TLA releases framework to guide states on blended learning

Submitted 8/6/2014

The Learning Accelerator released its framework to help states implement blended learning. "A Framework for Cultivating High-Quality Blended Learning at the State Level" outlines 7 levers states can use to advance this innovation.

The California-based non-profit has partnered with Reynoldsburg City Schools to create a pilot for blended learning.

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Ohio Blended Learning Network expands reach

The Ohio Blended Learning Network has grown to 23 members representing more than 175,000 students across the state - from a small charter school in Cleveland to the state's largest school district. They are bonded by their interest in implementing high-quality blended learning in their classrooms.

Submitted on Thu, 5/8/2014

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Submitted 7/21/2014

Mentor gets $13.8 million Straight A grant

Innovation in Education, Mayerson Academy, and Northern Kentucky Center for Applied Informatics. The grant was one of 24 selected in the inaugural round of Straight A Funding.