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					 Education Nation
    Six Leading Edges of
  Innovation in our Schools

   Minnesota Association of
  Secondary School Principals
Breezy Point, MN • June 16, 2011
          Milton Chen, PhD
            Senior Fellow
 George Lucas Educational Foundation         1
Imagine an Education Nation…

A learning society where education of
children is the highest priority, on par
with a strong economy, high
employment, and national security.

A nation is only as good as its
educational system.
The U.S. an Education Nation?

• Of 50 1st-grade students behind in reading,
  44 still behind in 4th-grade

• A HS student drops out every 26 seconds,
  6,000 each day (Tough Choices or Tough Times, 2006)

• CA students 1 year behind U. S. average, 2-3 years
  behind best states (NAEP 2007, 8th-gr. math)

• Closing the gap could contribute $2 trillion
  per year in GDP (McKinsey & Co., 2010)
“The New Australia: Most Advanced
 Educational System in the World?”

           1:1 Programs.
          Asian Proximity.
Democracy. Rule of Law. Respect for IP.

             Mark R. Anderson
       Strategic News Service, 2009
Redesigning a New Educational System:
Schools Can’t Do It Alone

A “ladder of learning” from pre-K through
“gray” blending formal and informal
learning through schools, universities,
media, museums, libraries, companies,
churches, youth groups, parks, and more
• Innovation: The Key to an Education Nation
• A “Must Do,” Not Just “Nice to Know”
• Internet Time: Google 13 Years Old,
  YouTube 6 Years
• Every Minute, 24 Hours of New
  YouTube Video
The Key to Educational Innovation?
It’s Simple: School Life = Real Life

“From the standpoint of the child, the great waste in
the school comes from his inability to utilize the
experiences he gets outside the school…within the
school itself while, on the other hand, he is unable to
apply in daily life what he is learning at school.”

John Dewey, The School and Society lecture,
University of Chicago, 1899
“Average students learn subject
   matter in a third or less of
present time, pleasurably rather
        than painfully.”

       George Leonard,
  Education and Ecstasy, 1967
6 Leading Edges of K-12 Innovation

1. Thinking
2. Curriculum & Assessment
3. Technology
4. Time/Place
5. Co-Teaching
6. Youth
1. The Thinking Edge: New Roles!

Write the 21st C. Job Description:
The End of the Solo Practitioner
The Rise of the Team Collaborator
• Principals    • Librarians
• Teachers      • Community Partners
• Students
3. The Technology Edge
• Weapons of Mass Instruction, 1:1

• iPod, iListen, iRead

• Online Learning

• Wiki-Based 8th-Gr. US History
• Intelligent Text
• Assistive Tech/Universal Design
3. The Technology Edge:
Student Engagement,
Enthusiasm, Ecstasy!
• Oregon Assessment of Knowledge & Skills
     Same Standardized Test, But Online
     Students Liked It Better!
     Answered More Questions.
     Faster Results. Used Highest Score.
4. The Time/Place Edge
• Schools as “Prisoners of Time”

• A New Day for Learning, Beyond
  the Bell

• Place-Based Learning: Museums,
  Libraries, Parks, Gardens
5. The Teaching Edge: Co-Teaching
•   Parents as Co-Educators

• Linking Home, School, Many Learning

• Experts as Co-Educators: Librarians,
  Museum Educators, Scientists,
  Historians, Architects, Writers, Artists
6. The Greatest Edge: Today’s Youth
•   95% of Stakeholders

• Digital Natives Carrying Change in their

• Generation YES: Students as TAs

• Edutopia’s Digital Generation
What’s your definition of
a great school?

Make it short and measurable!
Do the kids run in at the
same rate they run out?

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