Good morning sports fans.  

Today was The Hit Man’s first day of third grade.  He and his new reading glasses are set for a fantastic year.  As is everyone at the Northwest Local School District (Superintendent’s Twitter feed is here). 

Taking a broader look at things today, here are some resources from the National Conference of State Legislatures about state policies around blended learning, online learning, and digital learning, all of which are leading towards a personalized learning and competency-based environment.  NCSL may need to update for Rhode Island’s big changes. 

Blended Learning Success: it’s all in the PD. (T.H.E. Journal)

Ohio Politics: some of my readers may be aware that I live in Ohio and that Ohio is something like a pretty darn important swing state.  Some may also know that we have a Governor who got some serious pushback on some reforms that aggravated some powerful labor unions, including those representing teachers.  So, you might be wondering why our governor’s re-election campaign isn’t getting the same level of national attention that the ones in, say, Wisconsin, Georgia, Michigan, or even Texas are getting.  This article from the Washington Post pretty much sums it up.  If you’re more of a visual learner, this link sums it up too. 

Digital Learning: tech reshapes teaching.  From across the pond.UK Telegraph

BONUS LINK: more from the Great Moments in Seat-Time Instruction series. Turns out, the kids who liked this music when I was in high school grew up to rule the world (or at least the parts of the world for which killing people isn’t in the skill set for leadership).