I hope you can join a small group the Progressive Policy Institute is convening April 27 to explore "Innovation-based Systemic Reform." This brainstorming session will include both individuals in K-12 policy and individuals who think deeply about innovation in other sectors.
Our point of departure will be a concept paper by Joe Graba and Ted Kolderie from Education|Evolving. This paper outlines and makes the case for the new strategy.
A bit of background: In 1990, the brand new PPI teamed up with Ted to produce a visionary policy report on a new idea arising from Minnesota's choice experiment-public charter schools. Joe and Ted believe their call for rethinking the basic school model has similar potential to add a critical new dimension to the nation's education reform debate.
The current consensus, Joe and Ted argue, assumes that reform should and can create better versions of traditional schools. But innovation within a century-plus old school model doesn't go far enough.
"This country could be getting far more than it is, from both its students and its teachers. But not with traditional school, even with higher standards," they write. "Traditional school is not designed to motivate either students or teachers. And motivation matters, to elicit the effort that excellence requires."
They envision innovation as a search; taking greater advantage of the transformative potential of new media to individualize learning for students, to define "achievement" more broadly and to encourage teachers to accept responsibility for school and student success in return for getting the authority as professionals to control what matters for student and school success. We would like to seek your thoughts on their ideas and hear your suggestions for pressing the pace of innovation in public education. Please let me know if you can join us on April 27. Refreshments will be available at 8:45 a.m. and the discussion will begin at 9 a.m.
If you have any questions, please contact 202-525-3926.
Space is extremely limited. RSVP required.
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
8:45 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
1779 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Second Floor - Root Room