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Where Khan Academy’s Founder Gets Advice, Balance and an Occasional Push

In 2009, Mr. Khan launched a free online school from a bedroom walk-in closet. The hedge-fund analyst devised the idea after creating YouTube educational videos for 10 cousins whom he tutored remotely, mainly in math. With multimillion-dollar donations from tech-industry heavyweights, the nonprofit Khan Academy now reaches 18 million students every month in nearly 200…

Miami-Dade Schools Superintendent Alberto Carvalho gets big national award

Miami-Dade County Superintendent Alberto Carvalho has another award to add to his sprawling collection. The Council of Great City Schools Thursday night honored Carvalho with the Green-Garner award, the highest honor for an urban educator, at its 62nd annual conference in Baltimore. He was one of nine finalists, all big-city school superintendents, from 74 of the largest…

Is there an alternative to college?

This Perspective has been updated. A fundamental transformation is underway in how we access education throughout our lives. Rather than plug into the formal structures of traditional colleges and universities when we need to gain skills, a growing number of us are navigating a “shadow learning economy” from a new set of providers offering education…

Freezing ‘summer melt’ in its tracks: Increasing college enrollment with AI

When people say, “Showing up is 80 percent of life,” they likely mean it in a metaphorical sense. Yet, showing up is literally the problem for many prospective college students. Annually, 10-20 percent of high school seniors who are admitted to college and indicate that they intend to go never make it to the first day of…

Georgia State U. Made Its Graduation Rate Jump. How?

Leading the charge there is Timothy Renick, senior vice president for student success, and an evangelist for “tech-enabled high touch.” Here are some of his insights, as told to The Chronicle….

Georgia State, Leading U.S. in Black Graduates, Is Engine of Social Mobility

Georgia State, once seen as a night school for white businessmen, has reshaped itself amid a moral awakening and a raft of data-driven experimentation….

Khan Academy founder wins 2018 Visionary of the Year award

When Salman Khan began posting videos on YouTube more than a decade ago, the Silicon Valley entrepreneur had no idea of the celebrity he would gain, nor the impact he would have….

Girls Who Code founder Reshma Saujani hopes to close the gender gap in technology

Watch the video above to learn about the celebrated politican, author and founder/CEO of Girls Who Code, Reshma Saujani….