EIC is a non-profit social impact organization
with the mission to support Nevada in
"reimagining education to empower all learners".
Our vision is to co-create a Learner-Powered Ecosystem in which every learner at every age has robust opportunities to realize their full learning capacity and to manifest their unique contribution
to their community and world.
Our strategy is to enable collaborative learning and planning across the state and all stakeholders - starting with students and teachers - to support lead innovators to success, and to harness community resources and learning opportunities that support the equitable success of all learners.
The result is a systemic, sustainable transformation of the education system to one that universally empowers thriving citizens
to create a thriving Nevada.
In Phase 1, the Collaborative Learning Nevada (CLN) networking platform will empower system-wide engagement in education research, practice, and policy innovation including
- action research into next generation teaching and learning
- incubating pilot innovation programs
- advocating for student learning opportunities and system change
In Phase 2, the edPORTAL Deep Learning Ecosystem will share the learning from CLN to support statewide continuous improvements in and between schools, districts, and state education entities.
EIC's vision is to catalyze all communities to co-create vibrant CRADLE to CALLING personalized learning ecosystems - with an aligned network of educational programs for young people spanning pre-K through graduate school that supports all potential career and occupation pathways to power The New Nevada.
This includes preparing learners for jobs that don't yet exist - occupations that today's students will be inventing and creating for themselves to benefit their communities and contribute to a better world.
We envision a 21st century edPORTAL collaborative learning network hub that nurtures exceptional education, innovation, economic prosperity, culture, arts, health & quality of life for all in which...
Our full vision, goals, strategy and plan are described in our EIC 2018 Plan & Position Paper.
Our vision is informed by Education Reimagined’s collaborative effort to create A Transformational Vision for Education.
Our vision and strategy has also been strongly influenced by World Economic Forum's New Vision for Education (2016). The in depth research report provides an excellent summary of required 21st Century Skills - what all students need to know and be able to do to thrive in our rapidly changing and 'complexifying' world. The WEF report also provides three case studies on successful schools and systems around the world - including innovative uses of technologies to re-engineer the system to enable every student to be empowered and unleashed to learn to their fullest potential. The third case study is on Summit Public Schools and their development of a comprehensive Personalized Learning Platform. This stimulated our interest in using the PLP for the XQ SuperSchool grant application we wrote in 2016 (became a semi-finalist). When Summit produced their The Science of Summit report providing research evidence for the power of their approach, EIC decided to support the adoption of the Summit Learning program by schools in Nevada as a lead pilot program to incubate within the Collaborative Learning Network of NV. To date, 4 to 5 schools in NV have begun to implement the Summit platform but the Department of Education does not have a program or funding to support them.
This global movement toward personalized and competency-based education has become the focus of all education conferences including the most recent at SxSWedu (South by Southwest Education) (March 4-9, 2018). Jim Shelton, CEO of the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI) gave a powerful keynote address at the end that beautifully expressed their education vision and mission - which is to empower the potential of every young person. CZI has invested heavily in building and supporting use of the Summit Learning Platform and are committed to improving it and making it available free to every school that seeks to use it. All of which has aligned with and reaffirmed our commitment to EIC's mission and vision.
If you still have any doubts about the need to transform our whole system of education to empower students with personalized and equitable opportunities to succeed in the uncertain US and world of today and tomorrow, please read these articles in TIME Magazine issue 1.1.18.
In summary, EIC's vision is to ensure that EVERY STUDENT in every school and community in Nevada has the competencies, skills, mindset, and self-directed learning capacity to successfully navigate and create their brightest future - artfully adapting and collaboratively designing a better world for us ALL.
Why do we need EIC & edPORTAL?
In other words,
we must seek to
TRANSFORM the system.
Nevada has the unique potential and desire to become a world-class hub for high technology and entrepreneurial research, development, and business growth with an exceptional quality of life for all. However, our public education system is not adapting and innovating fast enough to educate students with the necessary knowledge, literacies, skills, and character traits to realize this vision. Some signs of the problem;
- Nevada ranks last in the country for "student opportunity" to succeed (Ed Week, Quality Counts Report Card).
- Less than 20% of Nevada graduates (15% of WCSD Juniors) passed the minimum benchmarks of math, English, and science aptitude which correlate with success in college and careers (ACT 2016)
- Over 50% of Nevada high school graduates require remedial classes in college (70% at TMCC)
- Only 21% of UNR students graduate after 4 years (Oct 2016, Guinn Center for Policy Priorities; Funding and Student Enrollment and Graduation Remain Low at NSHE Institutions)
Nevada school districts are heavily challenged to improve these statistics due to having one of the lowest per student spending rates in the country AND challenging student populations (in Washoe County, 48% low socioeconomic status, 38% special needs) AND increasingly over-crowded schools.
Unfortunately, today's incremental and partial reform initiatives band-aided onto an outdated education system will not be enough to move us from the bottom of the rankings.
Although Washoe County voters recently approved new taxes to repair, renovate, and build new schools, there is not yet a plan to fundamentally change what happens in and around those schools to prepare students better for 21st century occupations and lives.
The only way to become the fastest improving education system in the country is to OUT-INNOVATE other states and districts.
What do we BELIEVE?
WE BELIEVE that our education system is in a state of crisis and the only way that we can hope to move our system from the bottom is to call for "all hands on deck” to creatively and collaboratively transform the system. If we do this right, we have the potential to leap-frog other districts and states to become a top performing regional ecosystem for 21st century learning.
WE BELIEVE that with strategic use of education innovation and community collaboration, our region the potential to become a highly desirable Education Destination.
WE BELIEVE that our EDUCATION system is the pivotal social system that will integrate and uplift all other community services AND economic conditions to support every student and resident in becoming lifelong creative learners, contributors, and leaders of a vibrant Northern Nevada.
WE BELIEVE that we are a unique community of entrepreneurial spirit and talented individuals who can work together to co-create the worlds' most exciting place to LIVE and LEARN .
What is Our Strategy?
We propose to achieve the mission and goals through a three-step iterative process for transformation and continuous change from both the "grass-roots" AND "grass-tops":
COLLABORATE: Orchestrate and facilitate community research, awareness building, engagement, and creative problem solving around a strong, shared, transformative vision for the education pipeline and ecosystem; Pre-Kindergarten -> Elementary -> Secondary -> Career & College.
INCUBATE: Create a seedbed for innovative education initiatives with funding as needed for research, development, and sharing of best practice “proof points”. Pilots in existing schools and/or new public learning labs may include new curriculum products, programs, and technologies for learner-centered, personalized learning pathways, competency and mastery-based assessment and progression, collaborative project-based methodology, and developing self-understanding, creative mindset, mentoring, and career pathways.
ADVOCATE: Inform, advise, and lobby decision-makers and program funders on needed policy, finance, and management changes to support research and implementation of best practices including disseminating research findings, products, programs, technologies, and professional development throughout the public school system.
Engaged community collaboration is at the core of all three parallel activities above: EIC will provide platforms for collaboration through which people work creatively together to foster meaningful innovation in schools, organizations, and communities. Physical meetings combined with virtual engagement through platforms such as the ED PORTAL interactive website will enable collaboration and integration of talent, ideas, and resources across all sectors of our community. Building upon existing initiatives such as the Education Alliance of Washoe County and the SOS campaign to fund school facilities, EIC aims to become a “collective impact” organization to facilitate the difficult, essential, and on-going system changes needed for our public P-20 school system to continuously innovate and adapt to our ever-changing and complexifying world.
EIC was born out of our efforts to design the Super School Washoe (SSW) Learning Lab to win an XQ Institute grant to create it in Washoe County. As you can see on other pages of this website, the SSW design was selected as a semi-finalist from among over 700 national entries but wasn't a top 10 winner.
In the process, we learned SO much about the new age of education in the 21st century and how challenging it is to large public school systems to embark on such fundamental change. We realize that the public schools and system aren't "broken" so much as they are stuck in the past and outdated for the times.
We realize there are MANY great and passionate leaders, teachers, and students out there who are resistant, concerned, anxious, excited, and/or totally wanting and begging to adopt the new ways of teaching and learning for student success in the age of information, technology, and innovation.
Let's get our heads together to solve this challenge together. Let's make EIC happen!
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For more information (click links):
EIC edPORTAL Plan Overview (slides)
Pilot school concept: XQ Super School Washoe Learning Lab proposal
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Debb Oliver 949-565-5004 firstname.lastname@example.org Executive Director
Mary Alber 775.224.3736 email@example.com Founder, Board Chair
Priya Ahlawat 775.997.3588 firstname.lastname@example.org Founding Board Member