The Learning Counsel presents journals, papers and briefs on critical topics in Digital Education.
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To LMS or Not? The Transition Challenge and Building the Next Generation Learning Ecosystem

The Learning Counsel has been taking a good hard look at the many options available to schools and districts to bring together all the pieces between curriculum and technology. Our hope is to better define where we’re going and help all to evolve best practices for transformation.

As executives traverse this transitional continuum path, there are many questions. And, no matter how far along this path a school or district is—some being rich in digital resources, and many others nearer the beginning of this undertaking—almost all lack enough organization.

Download the Journal-Poster to explore these issues and get answers to important questions, including:

  • What was Coachella USD’s strategy and process to move over to devices and digital curriculum?
  • What are options and solutions to one of educations biggest “thorns in it’s side” – multiple log-ins for teachers, students and administrators?
  • What are the vital priorities to confront before making the transition to digital curriculum?
  • How do you best support teachers in this shift?


Learning Wonderland: Conquering the Mad, Mad World of Digital Content

Today’s digital natives are more and more living in a learning wonderland of shiny devices and software, that presents them with materials which are both educational and entertaining, as well as personalized (backed with full machine learning), scaffolded and standards aligned, while supported by slick assessments to make sure nothing important is ever missed. The Learning Counsel examined what leading executives in this space are confronting and the innovative solutions they’ve deployed.

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Escaping Zombie Networks in Education

"Zombies” are more than just compromised networks, they’re tech that is so old it’s practically the walking dead. Transitioning to smart networks solves more than bandwidth, it solves many security issues while also getting agile, with the ability to adapt quickly to the introduction of new services.

This issue brief explains the current challenges of maintaining broadband and other networking services that work—as one Chief of Information and Technology put it—“as invisibly and reliably as a light switch.”

Schools now need an infrastructure that handles all of the data communication needs—wired, wireless and cellular.

Anytime, Anywhere Access to Learning

This Poster Journal includes details of Santa Ana California’s successful personalized learning program; an analysis of PD strategy and tips to keep yours on the right track; an intervention story from inner-city DC that achieved 0% truancy.

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Guiding Principles Drive a Successful District Realignment

Wayzata Public Schools had uneven growth and a need to make changes. With the right tools, data and approach they effectively and efficiently made changes that garnered school board and community support with a year to implement the recommended changes.

Next-Generation Networks for Full Coverage Digital Curriculum Models

Effective planning of next-generation network and security architecture is a complex task that is critical now more than ever for all districts and schools. While most educational institutions have well-qualified IT personnel with good working knowledge of existing operations and technology, many can benefit from help when defining a roadmap for the future and deciding how to incorporate new technology as we transition away from textbooks to digital curriculum delivered over all manner of devices.

Celebrating and Motivating Through Measurement

Whatever your work entails, this playbook is here to help you guide others towards achievement. In these pages, we chart a clear path to help you celebrate and motivate through measurement. Today, we have more forms of measurement at our disposal than ever before. This dizzying array of metrics can be overwhelming, but also full of promise. Up ahead we’ll offer tools and strategies that will help you utilize measurement to create change!

The Re-writing of Education

Within our latest Poster-Journal:
  • The Mindset of Change: Superintendents Weigh In
  • A Model of Differentiated Instruction with Dr. Michelle Zimmerman
  • Infographic: The Re-writing of Education

Let’s partner for transformation
The way we teach and learn is being re-written.
Learn how Microsoft can work for you, your instructors and students.

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Creating a Growth Mindset in Your School

“Growth mindset” is a popular term these days in the actual and digital hallways of education, but it is much more than just the flavor of the month. It’s a way of changing the culture of a school, the dynamics of a classroom, and a student’s conception of her or his intelligence. But how does it work? What does it look like in practice? This playbook will offer the answers to those questions.

App Planning for Instant Classroom Teaching & Learning

This brief discusses a bold idea for apps in the classroom now that 50% of students nationally have access to computing devices for part or all of the day. This brief also showcases research and provides highlights on several key classroom app-planning points.

2013-2014 Digital Curriculum Strategy for K12 Schools

This brief addresses digital curriculum strategy from the viewpoint of innovation in K12 districts. It first defines a Digital Curriculum Strategy and then covers processes for developing a workable Digital Curriculum Strategy in your area.

School District Partnerships Help Colorado K12 Blended Learning Take Flight

Blended learning is a versatile teaching method that combines in-person instruction with online learning in the classroom, lab, or other work space including home. This paper focuses on syste m-wide efforts in three Front Range school districts and a group of rural districts in the San Luis Val- ley. The report also provides a list of state and national resources for schools and districts looking to implement blended learning techniques on a limited or system-wide basis and questions to consider prior to starting.

District Digital Conversion Empowering Personalized Learning

How do we go from a status quo, paper driven organization, to a more progressive and engaging digital school system? This is a question many school district leadership teams are wrestling with today. It is very important to address this question because the mechanics of going digital can sometimes be daunting. However, additional and even more important questions to ask are: What defines success and how will a district know it’s attaining success?

CASE STUDY: Burbank Elementary School

Burbank Elementary School provides an educational environment where students are safe and secure, fully motivated and able to achieve their fullest potential.

CASE STUDY: Marquez Elementary Charter School

Marquez’ Digital Edge program is an exciting, high-tech initiative that puts laptop computers directly in students’ hands.

CASE STUDY: Moorefield, NC; Napa, CA; Revere, MA

Why innovative superintendents are creating Model Innovation Cities ™ to solve the third grade reading dilemma.

EVALUATION STUDY: Touro Univeristy on Napa County Schools, CA

A 3rd party evaluation on using mobile technology and the Footsteps2Brilliance© Academic Language Program to accelerate vocabulary and comprehension for early learners.


CASE STUDY: Conceptua® Math at Mequon-Thiensville School District

Conceptua® Fractions is used to address Common Core at the Mequon-Thiensville School District.

CASE STUDY: Conceptua® Math at Sunnyside Union School District

Sunnyside Unified School District & Conceptua® Math succeed with fracions in an at- risk district.


Robotics is the fastest-growing and most advanced technology used in education, research and industry.

The STEM-U program utilizes robtos in classes as they are the ideal partner for teaching Science, Technology, Engineering and Math's core concepts at all levels.