Straight A Fund grant project shows results

Submitted on Sun., 9/6/2014



An external evaluation of the case-based learning project in Milford and Cincinnati schools shows that students increased their knowledge of STEM subjects and were engaged by the real-world projects in their classrooms. The evaluation also shows high levels of satisfaction among teachers, who reported they gained confidence in being able


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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.



Ohio is at a crossroads on its path to personalizing education, and taking steps now to usher in high-quality blended learning is the right step.

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So you think you want to innovate? New tool helps you assess readiness 

The Learning Accelerator and 2Revolutions created a framework to help organizations build a culture of innovation.

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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.

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​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 extends reach

The Ohio Blended Learning Network has grown to 42 members representing more than 234,000 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

to present material through the case-based method. The project was one of 24 supported by Ohio's Straight A Fund in 2014. Smarter Schools helped secure the grant.