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Authentic Relationships Wanted: A Human-Centered Approach to Systems Change

Dr. Shelley Zion, Faculty Director of the PEER Lab, share her insights for how to engage in meaningful community engagement.

Published: May 10, 2021
Topics: Community Partnerships, Future of Learning, Systems Change
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How Public Schools Can Grow Stronger out of Strained Systems

COVID-19 and systemic racism have impacted and changed school systems. What does this look like and how can policymakers help?

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Bringing Justice and Equity into Education

Gregg Seaton and Jason Swanson discuss contested power and how education leaders can help rethink systems and stakeholders.

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Educator Development is Worth Paying Attention To: New Resource and Customizable Toolkit to Help

Doing things differently in education is no longer optional, and this new resource can help school leaders and teachers.

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Nevada Centers Equity in Leading Education System Design

Nevada creates Blue Ribbon Commission to help re-imagine an education system that is future-ready, resilient, equitable and student-centered.

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Shifting My Mental Model: Systems Thinking in Action

Creating systems diagrams involves learning and reflection. See how mental models can change when taking systemic racism into account.

Published: October 26, 2020
Topics: Systems Change
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Befriending Uncertainty: Tools for Thinking and Collaborating

Introducing two tools for thinking about and collaborating to build education futures

Published: October 21, 2020
Topics: 101, Future of Learning, Systems Change
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New Collaboration Seeks to Transform the Way Teaching and Learning is Done in Arizona Schools

Center for the Future of Arizona, ASU’s Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College and KnowledgeWorks work together on a student-centered learning...

Published: October 15, 2020
Topics: Higher Education, Systems Change
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Futures Triangle: A Futures Thinking Now Conversation

The Futures Triangle helps teams take history into account when examining the present and creating a common desired future together....

Published: October 8, 2020
Topics: 101, Future of Learning, Systems Change
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Instructional Loss Does Not Equal Learning Loss

What have Arizona districts and state policymakers been doing to ensure success for all learners, even during a pandemic?

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Collectively Striving for a More Perfect Union

In response to the “patriotic education" Executive Order, we stress understanding our history, good and bad, to create a just,...

Published: September 24, 2020
Topics: Education Policy, Systems Change
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Observing Interconnections: A Futures Thinking Now Conversation

One of the Futures Studies tools everyone can use to analyze issues at the systems level is a Connection Circle....

Published: September 2, 2020
Topics: 101, Future of Learning, Systems Change
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Mental Models and Transformation from the Inside Out

We must transform our mental models in order to transform education systems.

Published: July 29, 2020
Topics: Systems Change
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Systems Thinking and the Work of Transformation

The urgent need for systems thinking and transformation cannot be understated right now.

Published: July 20, 2020
Topics: Systems Change
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The Education Changemaker’s Guidebook to Systems Thinking

This guidebook introduces the theories, language, mindsets and tools of systems thinking for the purpose of informing approaches to systems...

Published: June 30, 2020
Topics: Systems Change
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Futures Thinking Now: Reflecting on Vision

Our visions can provide direction and can help us see opportunity to make an impact in a turbulent time. We've...

Published: May 5, 2020
Topics: Systems Change, Vision and Culture
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Futures Thinking Now: Observing Interconnections

Systems thinking involves looking at an education system as if it were complex, cyclical and interconnected. We look at some...

Published: May 1, 2020
Topics: Overcoming Challenges, Systems Change
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Futures Thinking Now: Futures Wheels

As part of our Futures Thinking Now series, we’ve provided the steps to uncover unexamined changes from major shifts or...

Published: April 29, 2020
Topics: Overcoming Challenges, Systems Change
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Futures Thinking Now: Examining Assumptions about the Future

Often we consider our assumptions to be fact. But do they have to be?

Published: April 28, 2020
Topics: Future of Learning, Systems Change
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State Guidance for Building Resilient and Equitable Education Systems

This guidance was created to help education policymakers and stakeholders take short- and long-term action to create resilient, equitable education...

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Equity and Access to Reading in Distance Learning

How are KnowledgeWorks learning communities providing access to books and encouraging a healthy relationship to reading during COVID-19?

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Kindness Goes a Long Way in Distance Learning

We're celebrating the KnowledgeWorks learning communities by sharing positive stories of incorporating SEL, positivity and community.

Published: April 14, 2020
Topics: Social Emotional Learning, Systems Change, Vision and Culture
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FlexTech Schools Demonstrate Innovative Strategy on Podcast

FlexTech High School was featured on Central Michigan University's Center for Charter Schools podcast, discussing education innovation and collaboration.

Published: April 13, 2020
Topics: Systems Change
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Navigating Teaching, Learning and Equity During COVID-19

Terrance Sullivan lifts up current success stories in education as education landscapes in schools, districts and states have shifted.

Published: April 2, 2020
Topics: Education Equity, Systems Change