Education reform is a center-stage issue these days but what is really being discussed? To help answer this question, The Center on Innovations in Learning has released the Handbook on Innovations in Learning. The work is a compendium of essays, written by experts and edited by Marilyn Murphy, Sam Redding, and Janet Twyman. The Handbook contains four sections which illuminate what is happening in education:

1. Innovation in learning: This section is meant to set a foundation for innovation on which specific elements can be built. Essays in this section explore the definition of innovation in learning; making innovation meaningful; the components of successful reform; and the logic of improvement turnaround and innovation.

2. The student in learning innovation: This section outlines innovations with respect to students. Essays in this section explore innovations in teaching English and language arts; innovations in language and literacy instruction; innovations for students with disabilities; and the promise of personalized learning.

3. Technology in learning innovation: This section discusses the use of technology to transform education. Essays in this section address whether technology in education leads to better learning; the role of games in learning; advances in online learning; and the use of data analytics in education.

4. Reports from the field: innovation in practice: This section contains reports summarizing the implementation and effects of innovations. Reports cover building leadership capacity in Idaho using technology; using data to make informed decisions in student instruction; and rethinking high school curriculums to include academic and vocational aspects.

The Handbook on Innovations in Learning can be found in its entirety here.  (Center on Innovations in Learning, 2013)


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