Value Based Purchasing Trends

While uncertainty swirls around Washington, D.C., one aspect of the healthcare marketplace is here to stay: value based purchasing (VBP). With the opportunity to reduce costs and payment variability, while improving the quality of care, commercial payers are continuing the adoption of disruptive payment arrangements. [More]

How Valuable Teachers Find Pepper

As it grows in scope and effectiveness, online learning is going to become a greater part of the professional development landscape. We invite you to join us to discuss this and related issues at the Wired for Job-Embedded Online Learning session. [More]

The Value of Teacher-Led Online Communities

Within the context of an online class, discussions can sometimes feel rote and obligatory. But when teachers themselves lead the conversation, their online professional learning communities come alive. As teachers of Advanced Placement (AP) science courses saw the exams for biology, chemistry, and physics overhauled in the past few years, many were left with few options for in-person professional development to help them retool their teaching. [More]

Inauguration Day – Get up to speed on Medicaid Block Grants

With Inauguration Day upon us, the discussion on the future of healthcare in the US and specifically the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will continue to be a major headline as the new administration focuses its efforts to ‘repeal and replace’ the ACA. While much of the attention has been on the plans of the Republican administration and Republican-led Congress to ‘repeal and replace’ the ACA, the discussion on the future of healthcare in the US has included the possibility for a major shift in the funding for the Medicaid program. [More]

Context Matters: Steps for Success in Evidence-based Policy Making

Thomas Edison is famously quoted as saying that he never failed. He merely had found 10,000 ways that don’t work. For all of his genius, he was not alone in this regard. When researchers from the University of Virginia attempted to repeat 100 psychological experiments from published journals, they were only able to obtain the same results as the original one-third of the time. Likewise, the biopharmaceutical company Amgen repeated more than 50 landmark studies in cancer biology over the course of a decade, but were only able to replicate the results of six of them. [More]

SAMHSA Opioid Grant

SAMHSA, or the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, is offering nearly $1 billion to states over a two-year period to earn much needed funds to help fight the opioid epidemic (https://www.samhsa.gov/sites/default/files/grants/pdf/ti-17-014.pdf). [More]

Learning from Edison’s Mistakes

By providing opportunities for authentic engagement, course designers can ensure that online learning is more effective than the failed educational technology tools of the past. Shortly after the turn of the century, a new technology promised to disrupt education with its ability to give students across the country access to low-cost, standardized curricular content in a highly engaging format. [More]

A Sure Bet in Nevada: Effective Online Professional Development

In order to better prepare students for colleges and careers, schools are increasingly focusing on math and science education. To do this, teachers must be equipped with the skills and content knowledge necessary to ensure student success in these fields. Professional development in math and science have thus become a top priority across the educational landscape, and that is why the State of Nevada has established the Mathematics and Science Partnership (MSP) to help train teachers in these fields. [More]

Found in Translation

For PCG blended learning specialist Michael Weinraub, creating effective online professional development for teachers isn’t simply a matter of putting existing resources on a digital platform. It’s about making something new. As an education instructor at Pace University in New York City in the early 2000s, Michael Weinraub had a front-row seat to the early days of online and blended instruction for teachers. [More]