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Journeys to Personalized Learning

August 9, 2018

Taking personalized learning to scale in a school or district requires the difficult work of changing the way human beings do their work. Navigating the complicated relationships between students, teachers, parents, administrators, the public, and the local and state agencies is challenging enough on any given day, but aligning them all behind a new vision of how students can learn, and keeping them aligned long enough to implement that vision, is a challenge of an altogether different order. To understand and share how this journey plays out, we documented the implementation journeys of three different institutions, including their successes and challenges, their unexpected setbacks, and their sudden epiphanies.

The Role of Networks in Advancing Personalized Learning

January 1, 2018

From building national movements to developing practical tools, networks of organizations are already playing essential roles in seeding and scaling personalized learning across the United States. Networks provide the support and knowledge of a collective whole while allowing for context in a way that complements and amplifies the work of individual organizations and schools. A more intentional focus on networks can accelerate the personalized learning field as a whole.The Role of Networks in Advancing Personalized Learning demonstrates why networks matter for the personalized learning sector and explores the roles that networks already play today. The brief then poses strategic questions for network leaders, funders, and policy makers on how to strengthen networks going forward.

Building Summit Basecamp: Year 1

March 1, 2017

This case study shares what's been learned in the first year of Summit Basecamp, an ambitious effort to support public schools across the United States in implementing personalized learning. While recognizing that Summit Basecamp is one approach to personalized learning, we believe the lessons from the 2015-16 school year can inform the work of others in the field.Summit Basecamp is now called the Summit Learning Program. This publication is the fourth case study that FSG has written with Summit Public Schools.

It's Not Just About the Model: Blended Learning, Innovation, and Year 2 at Summit Public Schools

October 3, 2013

In 2012, FSG and the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation published five in-depth case studies on leading blended learning practitioners across the country called "Blended Learning in Practice: Case Studies from Leading Schools". A key question that emerged from this work was how schools can manage the rapid pace of change inherent in blended learning. This case study, a Year 2 follow up in the 2012-13 school year, examines how a rigorous, intentional process for innovation has enabled Summit Public Schools San Jose to continuously improve its blended and whole school learning model.

Blended Learning in Practice: Case Studies from Leading Schools

December 1, 2012

With support from the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation, FSG has produced a series of in-depth case studies on blended learning at five leading school operators across the country. Based on a year of research, the case studies provide practical insights for school and school system leaders, funders, nonprofits, and others interested in blended learning.Each case study captures how blended learning impacts the school's instructional, operational, and financial models, as well as lessons learned from implementation.Please visit our website at to download the individual case studies.

Keeping the Promise of Opportunity: Redesigning Financial Aid to Support Post-Secondary Completion Among Low-Income Young Adults

August 1, 2012

This report explores the challenges low-income young adults face in accessing and using financial aid and the related trends contributing to inequality in post-secondary education today, as well as potential approaches funders can undertake to redesign financial aid to help students overcome these barriers.

Dollars for Degrees: Financial Aid and its Impact on Post-Secondary Degree Completion in Texas

November 1, 2010

Researchers have begun to investigate more deeply the specific effects of rising college costs, increasing debt, and the impact of financial aid on degree completion. Specifically, this paper describes the various sources and types of financial aid available to postsecondary students in Texas, how financial aid is packaged at different types of institutions, and the effects of financial aid types and packages on post-secondary persistence and completion. An appendix contains additional detail on federal, state, institutional and private aid sources as well as a list of the advisors, interviewees, and focus group members we spoke with during our research. While this paper focuses on financial aid in Texas given GTF's state-based purview, we believe many of the lessons are applicable across the country.

Dollars for Degrees: Structuring Post-Secondary Scholarships to Increase Student Success

November 1, 2010

This report explores how funders can structure their scholarship awards and provide access to key non-financial supports to improve post-secondary persistence and completion.