Leadership for Education Innovation

The United States has for the first time reached a high school graduation rate of 80%.  Our next challenge will become how to get them to succeed in a post-secondary environment.  A number of cities (including Philadelphia and NYC) are experimenting with new types of school design where students draw on the assets of the whole community and its broad base of leadership – an ecosystem for learning.  With that type of design, learners graduate with competencies and opportunities that are relevant and necessary.  They can be college or workforce ready.  This article in Getting Smart by Michele Cahill focuses on how Design principles enable this type of environment.  ” Design thinking gives real roles to partner organizations in a learning ecosystem. New approaches are pushing the boundaries, as digital and blended learning open up new opportunities for educators to think creatively about how to credit student work accomplished outside a traditional classroom in an expanded learning time framework. From an equity perspective, building a eco-system that affords access to learning opportunities that extend and enrich academics is highly promising, as economically advantaged families are dramatically increasing their investments in student talent-building activities and experiences in the out-of-school time hours.””

via Leadership for Education Innovation – Getting Smart by Guest Author – edleadership, Innovation, smartcities | Getting Smart.