The summit, a collaboration between Knowledgeworks, Ohio Education Matters through its Ohio Smart Schools initiative and Digital Learning Now, comes at a critical time in our nation’s history. Education budgets are squeezed, and school districts are making choices that could include teacher layoffs, increases in class sizes, and elimination of course offerings. The federal government is playing a greater role in improving education through competitive grants to states and school districts, and media and cinema have made education reformers into stars or villains (depending on whom you ask).
Against this backdrop, we should welcome this discussion on education innovation, particularly in our bellwether state.
As Eduflack noted in his blog, the event “signals that a state like Ohio is serious about re-imagining the K-12 experience and exploring what a 21st century education really looks like.”