October 18, 2018   |   By Ray Huang

BloomBoard Shines in World Bank Group Innovation Showcase

BloomBoard was recently invited by the International Monetary Fund and World Bank Group to attend their 2018 annual meeting in Bali, Indonesia. We were among a small group of companies selected to participate in the Innovation Showcase.

Sanford Kenyon, BloomBoard's CEO, shared his insights on a panel discussion, How Can New Technologies Disrupt Education? led by World Bank Group's Head of the Global Practice of Education, Jaime Saavedra.

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August 30, 2018   |   By Sarah Scott Frank, PhD

The Challenge of the Third Grade Reading Challenge

This is a guest post written by Sarah Scott Frank, PhD, Founder of OpenLiteracy, a BloomBoard partner.


We want all kids to read well by the end of third grade, the year when reading abilities can predict the likeliness of high school graduation. The idea is so important that 18 states and the District of Columbia have mandatory third grade retention policies requiring students to demonstrate proficiency in reading or be “held back”. Additionally, over half of states have remediation and academic support policies in place for students who are not reading at grade level by the end of third grade.

The challenge of supporting all students to read at grade level by third grade is that our policies are often not aligned with meeting this goal. To do so would require ensuring that every child has a teacher who is well versed in the specialized knowledge and skill required early elementary reading.

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June 5, 2018   |   By Allison Powell, Ed.D.

Managing the Change Towards Competency-based Professional Development

Over the past two and a half years, BloomBoard has been working with hundreds of organizations (including districts, regional education service providers, and state departments of education) to help them transition to a competency-based model of professional development. While we work with each of these organizations to provide solutions to a wide variety of problems for educators across their organizations, using competency-based professional development in many creative ways, we have discovered four themes throughout all of these very different implementations, which we call the BloomBoard VIPS - Vision, Incentives, Phases, and Supports. When these principles are executed throughout the implementation, we have found that organizations are more likely to find that educators buy-into the idea of competency-based professional learning and follow through with building a portfolio of evidence to show their individual learning. The VIPS require focus, careful planning and organization, as well as clear and frequent communication across all levels of the organization, and will provide a roadmap which leads to a successful transition towards competency-based professional development.

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May 2, 2018   |   By Dr. Ann Newman

Getting Ready to Engage, Embark, and Embrace the Journey with Competency-based Professional development.

This is a guest post written by Dr. Ann Newman, Director of Instruction at the School District of South Milwaukee. 

Take a moment to reflect on your cultural readiness.

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April 18, 2018   |   By Lucia Giacomantonio

Success Story: A Phased Approach to Implementing Micro-credentials

"If we are asking educators to provide differentiated and personalized learning experiences for students, it only makes sense that we help districts provide teachers with that same level of personalization in their professional learning.”

- Machel Mills,  Director of Professional Learning Systems,
Tennessee Department of Education

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