As described in our LinkedIn log post on Independent Inquiry, the future of education involves mastering how to UNLEASH STUDENT GENIUS.
The key to transforming education in Nevada, the country, and world is architecting the system around this one core premise and objective:
To unleash the power of students to navigate their own learning to self-mastery as they create their own brightest future.
In developmental psychology this process is called INDIVIDUATION.
In education, we propose to call this process nurturing the inner SELF-PRENEUR; helping young people become master-creators of their own destiny.
Districts and schools in New England and California have been leading this transformation for the last decade and are generously sharing their learning experiences with others on this journey:
MyWAYS program, Next Generation Learning Challenges (Educause)
Students at the Center Hub website
CompetencyWorks - Reaching the Tipping Point in New England
KnowledgeWorks - Personalized Learning
Summit Learning program - empowering deep personalized learning around the country
Lindsay Unified School District - Mission: "Transforming Lives"
With Idaho's Mastery-based Education program being a role-model for Nevada's new Competency-based Learning Pilot Network (Assembly Bill 110 approved in June), and now the majority of states investigating and developing policies to enable competency and mastery-based learning in schools, Nevadan educators need to get going on developing our strategic implementation plan:
Mastery-Based Education: A National Perspective, CCSSO
To understand the aspects of this transformation from school and teacher-driven education to student-driven, self-directed learning, we recommend this collaboratively researched, well-written manifesto:
A Transformational Vision for Education in the US by Education Reimagined, an initiative of Convergence Center for Policy Resolution
The fact that technology access is now virtually ubiquitous - or could be if states commit to making it so for students - it is just a matter of will and funding strategies to realize a truly personalized education system that meets the needs of every student to optimize their learning experiences.
These two reports from the World Economic Forum provide an detailed research and case studies of exactly how technologies enable education re-engineering in ways that are already enable student-powered learning around the US and world:
World Economic Forum New Vision for Education, 2015 - see the SUMMIT Public Schools case study
What are the 21st century skills every student needs? WEF, 5.16
This article from Ed Week makes quite clear that the transformation is imminent:
10 Disruptions that will Revolutionize Education, Ed Week 10.19.17
While private schools have had more resources and commitment to personalize learning to each student and to expand graduation requirements to ensure students gain access to good colleges, they have been promoting the use of "mastery transcripts" to college admissions officers - who are responding favorable.
Therefore it's just a matter of time until public schools will need to enable every student to graduate with a transcript that shows exactly what knowledge and skills they have truly mastered (well beyond minimum proficiency on standardized tests):
Why students in public and private high schools will all benefit from a mastery transcript EducationDive, 10.15.17
We'll do so by FIRST by helping interested, pioneer EDUCATORS to learn how to enable student-powered learning in their classrooms and schools. They'll have access to the best professional development resources and networks of educators doing this work around the country. They'll form Collaborative Learning Communities to research and try out tools, methods, and programs that support collaborative, experiential, community-engaged, competency-based, personalized teaching and learning.
In September 2017, we moderated a panel on DEEPER PERSONALIZED LEARNING at the CSAN Conference that included excellent insights from educator-leaders on the panel who are implementing student-powered learning from individual classrooms to whole schools. See below.
Agency = Engagement = Deeper Learning
Why do students learn better and deeper when they are given choices about how, where, when, and with whom they learn?
- When students have choices and responsibilities about what, when, how, and with whom they do such learning, we awaken their passions, curiosities, and inner motivations to enthusiastically pursue such learning.
- When mastery is expected, not just 70% proficiency, knowledge is more deeply understood and built upon
- When application of knowledge is expected through meaningful action inquiry projects in the real world, new higher order skills are developed that are in demand in today's jobs
- When students are EMPOWERED by a network of advocates, they will have access to the best resources and experiences to help them discover their most meaningful and fullest contribution to our community.
All of the above enables each student to be engaged at the cusp of their optimal learning curve - each moment of the day - supported by their peers and caring, competent teachers, coaches, and mentors as soon as they need it.
Imagine: No more boredom, overwhelm, test anxiety, or disruptive behaviors!
No need to drop out because everyone is on track according to their plan.
Everyone graduates ready to thrive at their well-selected program of higher ed or well-paid job.
How do we know this is possible? Because many schools and districts are already seeing the results:
See Summit Public Schools results with a fully personalized, competency-based model.
The EIC team has created this Future of Education presentation to help us all start visioning what this transformation looks like. We also propose ways we can support each teacher and leader who seeks to move toward this exciting future with confidence, resources, and a network of peers and community partners.
In our White Paper on Personalized and Competency-based Education, we describes the features and benefits of this powerful new paradigm of learning and teaching.
For more information, see the Alliance for Excellent Education that is "constantly working to create better high schools for all students" with support from 12 foundations and their studies of legislation and programs deploying 21C learning:
- Every Student Succeeds Act
- Deeper Learning
- Digital Learning
The Great Schools Partnership provides more information and resources to help leaders, educators, and parents understand the reforms and changes that have been happening at differing rates and in different ways around the country for the last 15 years. They help us see how the factory model of teacher-directed batch processing of kids by age and year is being replaced by an organic model in which students are nurtured as individuals discovering their inner motivation, purpose, and self-directed learning capacity to set their goals and manifest their unique contribution in the world:
- Glossary of Education Reform
- Proficiency-Based Learning Simplified