The future of learning can seem big and far away from schools’ day-to-day realities. Yet we at KnowledgeWorks firmly believe in the power and the responsibility of people working in and with K-12 schools to shape the future of learning.
To help educators consider what opportunities on the horizon for learning might mean for them and their students, a new workbook provides an interactive way of considering how small adjustments and bold choices could lead the way toward a future of learning that serves all learners and society well.
Five present-day opportunity areas that could positively impact the future of learning in ten years
Strategies for taking action in response to those opportunities
Examples of work being done by education innovators today
Key questions to help you reflect on your current practice and work with others to consider what you might do differently in the future.
In some of the present-day innovations highlighted in the workbook:
Amy Anderson of ReSchool Colorado describes that new education system’s approach to emergent learner-centered design
Jean Garrity speaks to the Institute for Personalized Learning at CESA #1’s focus on helping educators and learners develop agency
Russ Altenburg of ReFrame Labs underscores the importance of grounding systems change in equity by building schools within communities rather than for them.
Their stories emphasize the power of bold visions to improve learning for today’s students while transforming education systems to meet future needs. This complex work takes all of us. We see every educator as a leader who can collaborate with others to shape the future of learning.
As one K-12 leader observed during a workshop that contributed to the development of the strategies featured in the workbook, “There is great hope and opportunity in reinventing schools.” That hard and rewarding work can start with you.
Katherine Prince is the Senior Director of Strategic Foresight at KnowledgeWorks. She is excited about the future of learning, transformative leadership, and building resilient solutions for a sustainable world.