Changemakers with an interest in influencing American public education are facing a unique moment. Social, economic and policy factors are converging to alter both the context and nature of education reform and to bring new leaders and benefactors to the fore. The time is ripe to look ahead and examine both the course we are presently on and the ways in which the landscape of U.S. education changemaking could shift depending on how influencers engage in their work and what approaches gain most prominence over the coming decade.
Our paper, Shaping the Future of American Public Education: What’s Next for Changemakers?©, looks at two key questions about the impacts of our collective efforts to improve American public education:
- Might the efforts, investments, and innovations of an expanding array of changemakers reflect or inspire new commitment to the promise of public education?
- Or might the myriad perspectives on how to change the system, no matter how well-intentioned, undermine or further erode collective belief in public education, threatening the social fabric that the system helps uphold?
Shaping the Future of American Public Education: What’s Next for Changemakers?© explores four possible scenarios of education changemaking and raises strategic considerations for education changemakers and other stakeholders to explore as they navigate the myriad ways they or others might seek to influence American public education.