Colombia Experiments with Extended School Day

This year 133.000 Colombian school children will benefit from the new extended school schedule. The program is intended to improve student understanding of fundamental areas such as language, math and science. The Colombian government is taking this initiative to strengthen educational practices by increasing the length of the school day. President Santos and the ministry […]




Obama Announces New Student Data Privacy Act

This week, President Obama announced that he would be proposing legislation to increase protections on the data privacy of students. The actual legislation is expected to be submitted by the end of February. There is an abundance of research that shows gathering and analyzing data on student performance can greatly enhance educational outcomes. As students […]


How Parents & Community Groups Use Data

  Meaningful family involvement in schools can make a huge difference for a child’s learning and for driving improvement in the school system as a whole. Extensive research has shown that students with involved parents have higher attendance, social skills, grades, test scores, and graduation rates. We learned a lot more about this topic when […]


Internet Access and Learning in America’s Rural Schools

The way technology moves forward often leaves little room for those who prefer to wait. The idea that the fastest adopters take greater risks may hold some truth, but it’s also true that the people who are left in the trough behind the wave usually suffer the most. Advances in technology create great new opportunities, […]




Paragliding in Antioquia

The Mobility Labs retreat in Medellin, Colombia continued with a trip into the hills around Medellin for some paragliding. We arrived there early in the day and got a chance to watch other people floating gently in the sky. It was a bit of a hike up to the launch point, but it was worth […]