Update: thank you to Getting Smart for publishing my piece on Next-Generation District Governance in the Digital Age.  I hope to be writing more on this in the future.  There are a number of challenges for local boards of education in this arena but also great opportunities for forward-thinking boards to do some great things for its students, parents, teachers and the community at large.

More State Policy News: Colorado superintendents push for more funding, power.

Digital Learning Day is tomorrow.  PBS offers free classroom resources.

Competency-based learning: KnowledgeWorks and iNACOL team up on report Building Capacity for Systems Change: A Federal Policy Framework for Competency Education.  Link to press release is here.  Link to report is here.  Competency-based learning opens up a great world of learning for students, teachers and employers.

The President will announce a new commitment to digital learning, with help from the large telecoms and devices from Apple.  Fixing the eRate is also going to help capacity acquisition.  Microsoft is also stepping up with a major device and professional development commitment.  There is a lot to unpack in both these announcements.

Miami Herald: Florida teacher stands up for Common Core.  The teacher, Doris Milano, is a recipient of the 2009 Foundation for Excellence in Education EXCEL Award.

Competency-based education came to Bangladesh a decade ago?  In advanced and professional education, yes; and despite government-speak to the contrary, it did not come to lower levels.

In Utah, lawmaker continues push for 1:1 devices.  Utah is a strong state by the Digital Learning Now metric and this looks to be a very interesting policy push in a state with a highly educated populace but with some terrain that makes rural access all the more challenging.

From EdSurge: North Texas charter network gets ready to go blended.

BONUS LINK: continuing with our “Great Moments in Seat-Time Instruction” series.