Along with representatives from the Governor’s office, state legislators, folks from the department of education, and superintendents and other district leaders from across the state, we discussed several aspects on competency education including graduation requirements, assessment, accountability, teacher preparation, and professional development Continue reading
As I’ve worked with superintendents’ groups around the country this fall, conversations about the potential to create radically personalized learning for all young people have consistently highlighted the need to think anew about the many kinds of infrastructure that might support districts in making such a shift – or prevent them from doing so. As a New Hampshire superintendent in whose district one elementary school is pursuing mass customization observed, today’s data systems and curricular resources do not align with such tailored support for learning. Innovative districts are often working around such systems and are coming up against the limits of their individual spans of control. Continue reading
District participants at a recent Connecticut Association of Public School Superintendents workshop on the future of learning emphasized the potential to pursue regional solutions that can meet the needs of more learners, instead of every district’s struggling to meet every need on its own. They saw the potential both for districts to collaborate in creating regional solutions today and for those solutions to open the way toward even greater innovation tomorrow. As we looked ten years out and envisioned the best possibilities for learning, participants saw such boundary-spanning as a strategy that they could employ today to move toward a personalized future of learning that truly meets the needs of all students. Continue reading
Late last week and into the weekend I was at the CCSSO annual policy forum in Richmond, VA. On Friday morning the keynote speaker was former governor of Arkansas, Mike Huckabee. I wasn’t sure what to expect. I knew he was a Republican, social conservative, former governor presidential candidate, and FOX talk show host, but what would he actually say about education? I knew he was an advocate for the Common Core just as former Republican governors Jeb Bush and Mitch Daniels are. But beyond that what would he say?
Last week First Lady Michelle Obama announced that she will be focusing on increasing college access, matriculation, and graduation. In this new venture, Mrs. Obama will work with the Department of Education to help further the President’s initiative to vault the United States’ percentage of college graduates from 12th to first in the world by 2020. This is an incredibly important and laudable goal. One that is essential, in many ways, to the very existence of our republic. We know that higher college graduation rates impact the economy, reduce poverty (particularly generational poverty), reduce crime, strengthen national security, and, of course, expand the critically important equity agenda. Continue reading
Harold Brown makes the case for Early College High Schools in the national effort to engage more lower income students in higher education. Continue reading
In “Engineered to Succeed: Lessons From a Student Pursuing a STEM Degree,” Lydia Dobyns, President of New Tech Network, encourages us to improve the numbers of women entering STEM fields by providing positive role models and creating an educational system that gives women an unbiased opportunity to pursue these careers. Continue reading
Jesse Moyer attends an iNACOL symposium on K-12 Online Learning. Notes on Blended Learning and a reflection on the current education debate and a reasonable expectation that we cultivate courage and personal decency in an effort to improve it. Continue reading
Brooklyn Pathways in Technology High School, or P-TECH, enjoyed a visit from President Barack Obama on Friday, October 25th as the President outlined an aggressive plan to bring high-speed Internet to every student in the United States. Continue reading
Looking back at where we’ve come since the publication of “A Nation at Risk” thirty years ago from the perspective of looking ahead to the trends shaping learning ten years out provided, as my colleague Jesse Moyer anticipated in his related post, much food for thought and commentary.
Given my focus on looking ahead toward a vibrant learning ecosystem in which all learners have the opportunity and support to prepare to their fullest for college, career, and civic life – which would represent a profound system transformation from an industrial to an ecological paradigm – it struck me that the report’s authors wrote of “the task of rebuilding our system of learning” (14). Continue reading