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This article by Romy Drucker originally appeared on The 74 Million.
Future. It’s a word that appears in the titles of at least 65 panels at next week’s annual ASU-GSV summit, where educators, innovators, and entrepreneurs will meet in Salt Lake City to talk about the Future of Education for America’s 74 million children, as well as adult learners.
The wide-ranging discussions attempt to tackle that enormous question from all sides. Conversations range from how Artificial Intelligence is impacting personalized learning technologies for students to finding innovative solutions to old education challenges, like getting incarcerated youth back on track.
We’ve studied the agenda and highlighted some of the K-12 sessions — including one organized by The 74 — bound to inspire new ideas in the quest to ensure every student receives a high-quality education. We’ve also included some pre-reading suggestions for so you can ask the smartest question in the room.
If you get to Salt Lake City, and happen to find The Future, let us know.
10:30 to 11 a.m. @ Grand Salon
United States of Corrections: You May Be Released from Prison, But You Will Never Be Free in America
John Deasy, former superintendent of Los Angeles Unified School District and CEO, Reset: New Day, New Year, will talk about his efforts to provide educational options to young men behind bars.
74 Interview: Former L.A. Superintendent John Deasy Previews New Initiative to Rethink Juvenile Prisons
11 a.m. to 12 p.m. @ Imperial Ballroom A
Thinking Outside the Box: New K12 Learning Models
Brian Greenberg, CEO, Silicon Schools Fund, leads a conversation on thinking outside the box, and taking new approaches to learning delivery with some of the nation’s most intriguing school organizations. Panelists include K12.com, AltSchool, GEMS Education Americas, and the Khan Lab school. The panel will explore the Silicon Valley-style mindset each has applied to rethinking teaching and learning and explore how those changes are impacting students, parents, teachers and school leaders.
AltSchool Hires 5 New Education and Technology Execs, Looks to Scale Learning Platform to Millions of Kids
2 to 3:30p.m. @ Arizona Room
XQ: How is Technology Helping Us Rethink the American High School?
Russlynn Ali, CEO, XQ Institute, and Matt Lorin, president, XQ Institute, talk to XQ Super School awardees, about how technology is supporting personalization, student agency, and equity in their schools. Panelists include the co-founders of Washington Leadership Academy, a public charter school in Washington, D.C. which is using some of its $10 million prize to develop the nation’s first-ever virtual high school chemistry lab.
A D.C. Charter Wins $10M to Invent Virtual Reality Programs That Will Change High School — All of Them
10 to 10:50 a.m. @ Grand Ballroom
Impact of Media on Childhood Learning
Experts from across the education, technology and “edutainment” sectors will share insights on safe, equitable, and purposeful digital media designed for learning.
Fake News Isn’t Just an Internet Problem, It’s a Classroom Crisis. A New Push for Media Literacy
4 to 5 p.m @ Imperial Ballroom Main Stage
TrumpED: How Will #45 Change the Learning and Work Landscape?
John Bailey, a Chan Zuckerberg Initiative fellow, asks a huge question of his panelists: What are the opportunities for accelerated innovation in K12 and higher education under the Trump administration? Experts inside and outside the Beltway will weigh in including, Colorado Sen. Mike Johnston; Michael Sorrell, president, Paul Quinn College; Lauren Maddox, principal, Podesta Group; Ben Wallerstein, co-founder of Whiteboard Advisors; and Alison Griffin, who runs government relations at Strada Education a non-profit post-secondary education and careers organization.
Conservatives Embrace, Progressives Deride Trump’s Order to Scale Back Federal K-12 Role
3 to 4 p.m. @ Grand Ballroom B
Leading a Personalized Learning Transformation: Lessons Learned in Change Management
In this session, part of the “Leading Educators” track, some of Chicago’s most disruptive school leaders will discuss their approaches to leading change inside their schools. All of the panelists have experience rethinking their school designs, and implementing personalized learning across their instructional programs.
Will Personalized Learning Become the New Normal? Inside Rhode Island’s Statewide Tech Initiative
4:30 to 5 p.m. @ Grand Salon
Educating the Algorithm: How We Can Shape AI’s Impact on EdTech
Algorithms drive customization and personalization in so many online user experiences; but when it comes to education, where automated decisions are being made for millions of children daily, we want to be sure an algorithm is choosing especially wisely and in a manner that is aligned with our values as a society. Dr. Jorg Drager, executive board member of Bertelsmann Stiftung, explains.
9 Things Science Tells Us About How Kids Learn to Read and Think Critically
5:30 to 6:00 p.m. @ Grand Salon
Fireside Chat with Colorado Sen. Mike Johnston
Johnston, who is running for governor, will deliver a fireside chat about his work in politics and education. He is a former principal and teacher who joined the Colorado legislature in 2009. As a lawmaker, he led the successful push for a statewide educator evaluation system, which based half of teachers’ scores on student assessment growth.
Q&A: State Senator (and Former Principal) Mike Johnston, on Advancing Colorado Education Reform
8 to 10 a.m.@ Grand Ballroom
Keynote Panel: A Conversation with The Beltway Boys
James Shelton, president of education at the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, will moderate a keynote panel between two Beltway Boys, Arne Duncan, former U.S. secretary of education, and Emerson Collective managing partner, and Don Graham, chairman, Graham Holdings. A play on the weekly news show, we hope they’ll touch on the hottest topics in education today.
Arne Duncan’s Next Mission: Helping the Young Men at the Center of Chicago’s Gun Violence Epidemic
10 to 11 a.m. @ Grand Ballroom
Learning Beyond the Classroom: The Experiential Learning Evolution
Forget the testing debates for just a moment (try, I know it’s hard). This conversation on learning beyond the classroom, led by Michael Horn, chief strategy officer of Entangled Solutions, is focused on how real-life experiences are an extremely powerful tool to foster student learning and preparedness for life in the 21st century.
The 74 Interview: Ulrich Boser on Understanding the Science of Learning
10:15 to 11:15 a.m. @ Flagstaff
North Carolina’s Lt. Governor, an Industry Thought Leader, a Think Tank Fellow, and an Investment Banker… Have a 50 State Solution for Education, Economic Development & Community Innovation
Jeanne Allen, CEO of the Center for Education Reform, moderates a conversation with North Carolina Lieutenant Gov. Dan Forrest, American Enterprise Institute Senior Fellow Gerard Robinson, and co-founder and CEO of RIDGE-LANE Limited Partners, R. Brad Lane on the increased power that states have in designing and leading education reforms.
‘Dirty Jobs’ Star Mike Rowe Stumps for Career and Tech Ed
11 a.m. to 12 p.m. @ Grand Ballroom
The 74 Presents — Districts and Public Charters: Sharing Secrets and What Works
Across the country, charter-district collaborations, compacts, and portfolio districts are flourishing under the radar. Yours truly will be moderating a panel with educators on the leading edge of thinking through how collaboration and sharing innovation can help close the achievement gap for all students. The discussion features Marcia Aaron, executive director of KIPP LA, Mira Browne, CXO of Summit Public Schools, Alex Shub, CEO of School Empowerment Network, and D’Andre Weaver, community superintendent of Spring Branch Independent School District.
Whitmire: In Bridging Charter-District Divide, Educators Collaborate to Make the Impossible Happen
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The letter was delivered in response to the department’s request for information regarding the disclosure of confidential wage records under the department’s regulations governing the confidentiality and disclosure of state unemployment compensation data. Strada also included specific recommendations for regulatory amendments.
Report indicates both success and need for improvement in meeting students’ varied goals
A new and improved Free Application for Federal Student Aid expected late this year should provide opportunities for more students and their families to access money to pay for college. Yet the transition to this new form presents unprecedented challenges for those who work to help students complete it.
According to new Strada Education Foundation research, community college attendees who complete an associate degree or successfully transfer to a four-year institution value their education at rates comparable to or higher than recent bachelor’s degree completers. However, researchers found first-generation students rated the value of their community college education about 20 percentage points lower than those who are not first-generation students.
Eloy Ortiz Oakley, president and CEO of College Futures Foundation and former chancellor of the California Community Colleges, will join a Strada Education Foundation webinar Sept. 7, when he and other panelists will explore Strada’s latest report, “The Value of Community Colleges: Recent Students' Motivations and Outcomes,” which captures several factors that motivated recent alumni to enroll in community college.
Major changes in the form, combined with an expected delay in its release, are combining to intensify the work of spreading the word about the updated FAFSA.
This article by Madeline St. Amour originally appeared in Inside Higher Ed.
Virginia’s largest community college and a prominent public research university have co-partnered with an educational management and student support service provider to improve academic outcomes for transfer students.
Edtech integration can cause headaches if technology solutions aren't "getting along"--but a new free tool could help alleviate that pain
New building will house over 500 employees
DXtera Institute, a nonprofit consortium of higher ed institutions, ed tech companies and other postsecondary education professionals, has released a free Next Generation Integration Scorecard (NGIS) aimed at improving technology integration in higher education.
Massachusetts will be the recipient of financial and technical help to build “data-driven approaches” to linking residents to jobs in growing industries, thanks to a partnership between the National Governors Association and the Strada Education Network.
This article by Carol D’Amico originally appeared on RealClear Education.
This article by Jeffrey J. Selingo originally appeared on the Washington Post.
The letter alerting Cal State Northridge students that they were being put on academic probation was pretty blunt and scary: shape up or risk getting kicked out.
Michigan State University has long worked with and competed against other colleges and universities in the United States.
One of the students leaving today on “Roadtrip Indiana” says she expects an “awakening” of what Indiana is about. Purdue University senior Shannon Newerth is joining two other Indiana students on a two-week RV trip throughout the state to take part in career exploration and work-based learning opportunities. The trip, organized in part by the Indiana Commission for Higher Education and several private partners, will be the subject of an upcoming public television documentary.
As a lifelong baseball fan, former high school baseball player, and coach for 20 years, I have always been struck by how deeply intertwined baseball and learning really are. An education advocate for most of my career, I have seen firsthand how a passion for sports can shift mindsets and create sustainable pathways to college, meaningful careers, and inspired lives.
More than half of adults in the U.S. would change at least one aspect of their higher education experience, according to a new survey from Gallup and the Strada Education Network. Common regrets were choice of institution and major or field of study. Comparatively, relatively few regretted their degree type.
A majority of Americans who attended college say they received a quality education. But half would change at least one of these three decisions if they could do it all over again: the type of degree they pursued or their choice of major or institution.
CLEVELAND, Ohio – Half of college graduates regret their choice of school or major, according to a national survey.
Approximately half of all U.S. adults who pursued or completed a postsecondary degree would change at least one aspect of their education experience if they could do it all over again, including their major or field of study, the institution they attended, or the type of degree they obtained.
Regrets, I’ve had a few…and so have most Americans — at least when it comes to decisions they’ve made regarding their education. A new Gallup poll out today finds that 51 percent of Americans would change at least one of their education decisions if they had to do it all over again. Thirty-six percent said they’d choose a different major, 28 percent would attend a different school and 12 percent would pursue a different type of degree, according to the poll.
On May 2, the Senate Career and Technical Education Caucus in conjunction with the Alliance for Excellent Education hosted “College and Career Pathways: Stories of Innovation.” The Alliance is a Washington, D.C.-based advocacy organization focusing on high school redesign for underrepresented students. The briefing revolved around “highlighting innovative approaches across the country to college and career pathways that have led to positive outcomes for traditionally underserved students.”
Data analytics has proven to be a powerful tool in a number of industries, and in higher ed, it has significant potential to help institutions streamline operations and improve experiences for students. But in using that data, colleges and universities must also be careful to also consider the underlying causes behind some of those numbers.
This is important news for admissions officers, who may feel that low-income students pose more of a risk at a four-year college or university. These students are just as capable of thriving as those from more affluent households, but institutions and policymakers must also consider that they may need more resources.
In a Monday morning session at the ASU+GSV Summit in Salt Lake City, a panel of thought leaders discussed how to expand access and success, particularly among low-income, first-generation and underrepresented student populations.
INDIANAPOLIS — Higher Education Commissioner Teresa Lubbers recently announced a new initiative, “Roadtrip Indiana,” that aims to help Hoosier students make more informed decisions about their futures through intentional career exploration and direct engagement with employers across the state.