WHY, you may ask, do we need to innovate our education system to TRANS-FORM it
rather than seek to improve or re-form it as we've been doing?
Because the FORM and STRUCTURE of today's education system prevents it from adapting and evolving fast enough to keep up with the rapid changes and complexities of our technology-rich world.
In the United States generally, we are lagging behind other developed countries in adapting the system and teacher education programs to support every student to thrive to their potential. However, we do have bright light beacons of innovators and visionary change agents who are leading the way to the future.
Sir Ken Robinson was knighted for his service to education - with a clear and compelling vision for unleashing each young person's unique gifts, passions and creativity in service to society.
Please watch Ken's excellent TedTalk:
Nevada's challenge & opportunity
Nevada continues to rank 50th in the nation for Chance for Student Success (Education Week Quality Counts Report Card 2019) as well as most other measures of education quality. As other states invest in systemic innovation and change to improve their performance, NV will have to work harder to out-innovate them and climb the ranks.
Education systems continue to face a tidal wave - a tsunami - of pressures to adapt to the needs of a rapidly changing 21st century digital age - where the skills and knowledge to be a successful, contributing citizen and employee are not being developed by today's school system.
Average proficiency levels for NV students seem to be stuck around 30% in mathematics and under 50% in language arts (NV Report Card 2018) while learning climate surveys indicate far too many kids feel dis-engaged, dis-empowered, struggling, frustrated, stressed out, and unsafe (Washoe student climate report analysis 2017 and NV Climate Survey 2019). Teachers's are struggling to reach and teach this new generation but constrained by a factory-based system of schools designed for the agrarian and industrial ages.
Today's schools and education system was designed like a prison or factory to produce standardized, low skill farm and factory workers who are processed in batches by age, yearly progression, semesters of memorized content in silo subject classrooms (cells?), with weapon detectors at the front door.
This school model is simply unable to nurture the critical skills and competencies all humans need to not just survive but thrive in 21st century reality; to be critical and creative thinkers and problem-solvers, collaborative team players, and self-directed and motivated to learn for life and to navigate their career through a constantly evolving global and technologically-driven economy.
Ready to take ACTION?
For more background and resources on this transformation to Deep Personalized Learning Ecosystems that is well-underway, see STUDENT-POWERED LEARNING; Personalized, Competency-based to Mastery (under How Innovate? tab) and below.
Find out how you can support, participate, and invest in systemic planning and change through our
Call to Collaborate to Transform slide deck.
And JOIN THE MOVEMENT here on our website.
Want to LEARN MORE?
To explore the FUTURE OF LEARNING and EDUCATION, watch this PART 1 panel presentation (on right -> ) from the Charter School Association of Nevada Conference where Dr. Mary Alber provided an overview (first 15 minutes). Jeff Hinton, past Teacher of the Year, then presents examples of personalized learning from his teaching at Academy of Technology High School, Las Vegas.
See the slides from the Personalized Learning Transformation panel introduction here (on right)- >
Part 2 CSAN Presentation:
Dr. Kim Regan presents a video (on right ->) and her model of Personalized Learning as implemented at SNACS; Sierra Nevada Academy Charter School, Washoe County.
Mark Kushner discusses personalized experiential learning at IMPACT Schools at Lake Tahoe and Truckee - including the challenges and lessons he has learned from opening innovative schools around the country.
Student Agency =
The New Learning Ecosystem
EIC's mission, vision and strategy for systemic change in education is highly aligned with that of 2Revolutions - a leading education system design group.
We highly recommend WATCHING their excellent video overview on the problems and opportunities to innovate all across the "Human Capital Continuum to design The Future of Learning in all our communities:
EIC aims to catalyze Nevada's potential to become a showcase for whole state redesign and innovation of our education system toward the Future of Learning described in the video above. We are inspired by former Governor Sandovol (2010 to 2018) who advocated for innovative redesign by establishing the Offices of Workforce Innovation and Science, Innovation, and Technology.
He set ambitious goals for the NV Dept. of Education to double the percent of Nevadans pursuing higher education through community colleges and universities. He wanted NV education to become the fastest improving in the nation so that it could nurture thriving self-directed learners who power high quality economic growth potential of the state (by attracting and working for emerging technology companies and becoming entrepreneurs) while building healthy and attractive communities across Nevada.
What can we DO?
The paradigm shift to transcend these challenges is now underway across the country and world:
Replace the old one-size-fits all conveyor belt model of teacher-driven classrooms to
STUDENT-POWERED PERSONALIZED NETWORKED LEARNING ECOSYSTEMS.
Today's technologies enable individualized yet collaborative learning pathways with competency-based progression - NOT uniform, FIXED TIME progression. Today's ubiquitous web connectivity allows students to drive their own deep investigations into topics and careers of interest through projects with their peer groups and community coaches and mentors. In this model, every member of the community is empowered to support each student's self-directed learning - lightening the load of teachers now overwhelmed with too-large class sizes.
This Deep Personalized Learning Ecosystem (DPLE) will eventually replace the one-size-fits-all model of states, districts, schools, and teachers defining and gate-keeping student progress through linear curriculum pathways with periodic minimum proficiency standard tests.
This systemic transformation from teacher to student-centered and POWERED learning won't be easy for everyone. But we do see it as an inevitable and unavoidable transformation that needs and calls for ALL OF US to participate!
This video demonstrates the differences between competency education and traditional education (KnowledgeWorks).
The End of Average by Todd Rose - excellent research that explains why standardized, one size fits all education can never meet the needs of MOST students.
Nevada Department of Education's Commission on Education in 2015 heard from experts about personalized learning enabled by technology:
Agenda Item IX: Use of Technology to Support Individualized Learning
ACT Report on Education and Career Navigation; Critical for Student Progress and Success
While requiring accountability systems that include academic indicators, ESSA also recognizes that academic achievement represents only one dimension of success. In an earlier brief, ACT presented data supporting one dimension of its holistic model of readiness for college and career 2 —behavioral skills. This brief presents the data to support another dimension of the framework: education and career navigation.
Competency & Mastery Education
According to CompetencyWorks, 90% of states are involved in the movement to competency-based education (CBE) - also referred to as proficiency-based learning.
CompetencyWorks' extensive research has yielded actionable information and knowledge about CBE in the K-12 education system that has influenced state and district policy development across the country.
At iNACOL conferences and on-line, people from all over the world meet to share their experiences, collaborate on solutions, and build on-going networks of support to empower every student to succeed.
Nevada Assembly Bill 110 (expected passage June 2017), is authored by the Governor's Office of Science, Innovation, and Technology (Brian Mitchell) will empower the Nevada Dept. of Education to launch an awareness campaign and orchestrate a CBE Pilot Network. This will officially put Nevada "on the map" of states with emerging policies to support CBE programs.
For an excellent introduction to CBE, we recommend this webinar hosted by iNACOL president, Susan Patrick, and CompetencyWorks director, Chris Sturgis:
“An Overview of K-12 Competency-Based Education for Education Leaders and Teachers” (April 2017)
NVDOE Commission on Education 2015:
iNACOL,s Dale Frost presents on Course Access and Competency-based education
[Agenda Item IX: Use of Technology to Support Individualized Learning]
Meeting the Every Student Succeeds Act's Promise: State Policy to Support Personalized Learning (M. Worthen, D. Frost, iNACOL)
Policy, Pilots, and the Path to Competency-based Education; A Tale of Three States (K. Phillips, C. Schneider, ExcelinEd in partnership with Getting Smart)
Update: Competency-based Education in America (CompetencyWorks, Aug 2016)
Implementing Competency Education K-12 (C. Sturgis, CompetencyWorks, Oct. 2015)
Reaching the Tipping Point; Insights on Advancing Competency Education in New England (C. Sturgis, CompetencyWorks, June 2016)
10 Principals of Proficiency-Based Learning,
(Great Schools Partnership)
The Mastery Collaborative of NYC SHIFTING THE PARADIGM OF GRADING AND LEARNING IN NYC SCHOOLS
Education Policy Directions
The Nevada Ready 21 grant program to pilot 1:1 technology use in middle schools was approved in 2105 for $20 million. With signs of success among pilot schools (pgs 41, 57), NR21 is again included in the Governor's 2017-19 budget to expand the number of schools implementing the program.
As of February 2017, the Nevada Legislature is considering Assembly Bill 110 which would establish a network of pilot schools to implement Competency or Mastery-based education programs.
Educate Nevada NOW (ENN) believes that "Every child deserves a quality education" and works to increase education funding and methods of distribution to public schools - including blocking ESA implementation through legislation.
Guinn Center for Policy Priorities - Educating Nevada
Advocates for public school quality excellence and equity via innovation, community engagement, high standards, adequate funding (e.g., preventing reallocation of students & public funds via vouchers, education savings accounts, and privately run charter schools):
Center for Media and Democracy - PR Watch; 172 ALEC education bills cash in on kids in 2015
Dianne Ravitch Blog
Advocates FOR "school choice", vouchers, education savings accounts, charter schools, privatization, and against standards:
Nevada Policy Research Institute; Parents know their children best. That’s why NPRI wants to empower parents to let them choose the school and school system — public, private, online, charter, homeschooling, etc. — that’s best for their child.
Betsy DeVos for Vouchers and School Choice, Thomas Fordham Institute