Williams to expand conversation and build support at Education Commission of the States

Policymakers called on to help in building the future of learning


The framework in Innovating Toward a Vibrant Learning Ecosystem: Ten Pathways for Transforming Learning is designed to help education stakeholders become active agents of change in creating the future.The future of learning will need all hands on deck.

From creating personalized learning environments in schools, to offering alternative educational opportunities throughout the community, to building policy supports for vibrant learning ecosystems, everyone plays a part in building and sustaining the future of learning.

To further discussion and build support around this future, KnowledgeWorks Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer Matt Williams will participate in a workshop-style session, “In with the ‘New’ School: The Future of K-12 Education in America,” at the Education Commission for the States (ECS) Winter Commissioners meeting this week.

The session will focus on how to leverage the latest thinking on personalized learning to move the needle on student achievement by designing a system with the student at the center. Attendees will participate in a quick-paced, facilitated Q&A session, followed by the opportunity to work together to draft state policy frameworks that support personalized learning. ECS will use KnowledgeWorks’ Innovation Pathways as the foundation for the discussion.

The Innovation Pathways identifies the key systemic levers to create a learning ecosystem that supports all learners,” Williams said. “I’m looking forward to sharing our work and discussing the future of P-16 education during this session. Hopefully, we can help attendees think productively about supporting personalization and the future of learning throughout the country.”

Other panelists will include: Amy Anderson, Senior Director at Donnell-Kay Foundation in Denver, CO; David Cook, Director of Innovation and Partner Engagement at the Kentucky Department of Education; and Valerie Greenhill, Chief Learning Officer for EdLeader 21, a national network of school and district leaders focused on integrating the 4Cs (critical thinking, communication, collaboration and creativity) into education.

“We are committed to a future of learning that promises every student the best chance at success,” KnowledgeWorks President and CEO Judy Peppler said. “Continuing the conversation and building support for this future will help us more quickly adapt the current system to put students at the center of their learning experiences.”

About KnowledgeWorks

KnowledgeWorks is a national nonprofit organization advancing a future of learning that ensures each student graduates ready for what’s next. For 20 years, we’ve been partnering with states, communities and leaders across the country to imagine, build and sustain vibrant learning communities. Through evidence-based practices and a commitment to equitable outcomes, we’re creating the future of learning, together.  www.knowledgeworks.org