Education stakeholders around the country recognize that education is facing profound change. In an outdated system that was designed for an industrial era, many students are falling behind current and future needs, creating larger gaps and inequities throughout the country.
To create an equitable education system, large-scale, systemic transformation is necessary. And that’s exactly what KnowledgeWorks Senior Director of Strategic Foresight Katherine Prince will call for during her TEDxColumbus talk on Friday, Nov. 7.
“As I look ahead 10 years and think about possibilities for the future of learning, I have a vision for radically personalized learning that adapts to each child,” Prince said. “My ideal future reflects a paradigm shift from an industrial mindset to an ecological perspective that enables every student to access just the right combination of learning resources, experiences and supports.”
During the talk, Katherine will focus on creating a vibrant learning ecosystem that supports all children throughout their education experiences, regardless of demographic. Based on her work with strategic foresight at KnowledgeWorks, Prince will paint a picture of what her ideal future of learning looks like, including a wide array of learning opportunities that aren’t based solely in the classroom, but take place when and where each student learns best.
She will also talk about her fear as a mom of a 3-year-old daughter who loves Wonder Woman and construction equipment.
“Chloe has been in an institutional setting since she was 11 weeks old, because that’s one version of what it takes to work full-time in our society. But I’m afraid to send her to school,” Prince said. “I want Chloe, and every child, to learn in a vibrant learning ecosystem that recognizes her as an individual.”
In a radically personalized learning ecosystem, learning would not be confined to a classroom but would flow across a diverse landscape of community-based and other opportunities. For example, students could learn at the art museum, public library, local businesses or learning hubs that would serve as portals to many kinds of learning experiences.
“Katherine’s inspiring vision for a vibrant learning ecosystem gives an aspirational view of what KnowledgeWorks strives for every day,” KnowledgeWorks President and CEO Judy Peppler said. “We work toward a future that promises every student the best chance at success by tailoring learning to the student rather than the institution.”