KnowledgeWorks Senior Director of Strategic Foresight, Katherine Prince, on Monday will offer a peek into the future of education and discuss its impact on teaching and learning during the Ohio Best Practices SIG Conference at the Hyatt Regency downtown.
Prince’s session begins at 9:15 a.m. The session is open to the press. Prince will lead a discussion that helps practitioners become more familiar with KnowledgeWorks’ ground-breaking Forecast 3.0, Recombinant Education: Regenerating the Learning Ecosystem. Released in October 2012, it continues the futures research that KnowledgeWorks first released in 2005. This latest publication was created in collaboration with Saveri Consulting and with input from the Institute for the Future.
“We expect the education system to shift toward a vibrant and more flexible learning ecosystem in which each child has the chance to pursue the approach to learning that works best for him or her,” Prince said. “Learners and their families will be able to create individualized learning playlists, which might include public schools. But they could also include a wide variety of digitally-mediated or place-based learning experiences.”
The day-long conference, titled “The Future is Now," is sponsored by the Ohio Department of Education and EDWorks, a subsidiary of KnowledgeWorks, that has worked to transform education in Ohio for the past decade.
Beginning in 2002 EDWorks built on the success of KnowledgeWorks’ work through the Ohio High School Transformation Initiative (OHSTI) and the Ohio Early College High School Network (ECHS). These initiatives invested more than $100 million in high school innovation. Eleven underperforming urban school districts across Ohio were transformed and nine early college high schools were created through the small school initiative. In four years these schools saw a dramatic rise in test scores and graduation rate.
SIG, or School Improvement Grants, are issued to states by the U.S. Department of Education to help turn around persistently low-performing schools. In May the Department of Education announced that Ohio would receive a $20.2 million continuation award for a third year of implementing a SIG model.
Matt Williams, KnowledgeWorks’ Vice President of Policy and Communications, said federal SIG awards are important because they focus on school districts that need help the most, and help perpetuate innovative practices in schools.
“We are encouraged to be a part of such an important conference for Ohio educators,” Williams said. “In many ways, Ohio is a national leader in education innovation, and we are eager to help schools and school districts deliver quality education that will prepare our kids for success in college and the careers of tomorrow.”
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