Thursday, September 11, 2008

Realities, Challenges & Opportunities

1. Our educational system is in crisis and it requires urgent attention.

2. This educational crisis is challenging our competitiveness on the global stage and limiting the opportunities of our young people, particularly poor and minority students.

3. Our economic health, national security, and democratic institutions depend on well-educated citizens.

4. Our future prosperity and leadership in the world will be determined by our response to this educational crisis and our steadfast commitment to implementing solutions. American public education MUST meet the needs of ALL our children and respond to our nation’s growing diversity.

5. The most successful state education reform efforts led to the development of the bipartisan No Child Left Behind Act in 2001. This law represented a sea change in education with its commitment to high standards for all students. In the last six years, we have seen real improvements in student performance, yet we still have a long way to go. We must quicken the pace of reform.

6. The states, districts and schools that have embraced the core elements of reform are seeing remarkable progress. Their commitment to effective teachers and school leaders and measurable, high expectations for all students is making a significant difference.

7. We must renew our support for these effective principles of education reform – accountability for results, transparency, and measurable, high expectations for all students – and develop a broad public consensus to act. We must establish our common ground and join together to chart the additional bold steps necessary to quicken the pace of reform. We must mobilize and sustain the support necessary to create a public education system that meets the needs of every student and assures a more hopeful and prosperous future.

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H Rubin said...

A good list ... but here's what is missing:
When schools, colleges and departments of education (SCDOEs) do their jobs well, preK-12 students learn. SCDOEs exist to prepare the professionals responsible for students’ learning. They are inextricably connected to preK-12 education systems and the bodies that govern them. They are the agents of state licensing requirements, federal policies and program standards. SCDOEs are R&D centers for preK-12 education. They are the nation’s most productive pipeline of new professionals into the teaching professions. And they are the largest provider of inservice and continuing development for preK-12 professionals. Changes at any one point of the preK-20 continuum always reverberate across the whole range. Establishing and sustaining 21st century education at any level of this continuum will always require preK-20 collaboration. That’s why we know that changes in SCDOEs will result in changes in preK-12 practice. We know, too, that changes in preK-12 practice alone – without attention to commensurate changes in teacher education – will be episodic and short-term; and any investment in causing changes at only the preK-12 level will just have to be repeated. In the long-run, the Institute for Collaborative Leadership believes that investing in developing 21st Century Schools, Colleges and Departments of Education can leverage the broadest and most enduring change in preK-12 students’ learning.



World’s leading experts in virtual worlds, learning games and educational simulations convene April 23-25 in Boston for special three-day conference open to the global education community

Boston College will host the the third annual Immersive Education 2010 Boston Summit from April 23-25. Organized specifically for educators, researchers, and administrators, the three-day conference consists of presentations, panel discussions, break-out sessions and workshops that provide attendees with an in-depth overview of immersive learning platforms and technologies.

The Summit will feature new and emerging virtual worlds, learning games, educational simulations, mixed/augmented reality, and related teaching tools, techniques, technologies, standards and best practices. The Education Grid, Project Wonderland, Second Life, realXtend, Cobalt, and Open Simulator are among the immersive learning technologies that will be featured. Members of the Initiative’s open file format, library, psychology, mixed reality, and K-12 (kindergarten through high school) groups will give special presentations and workshops.

Speakers and panelists from past Immersive Education Initiative Summits include faculty, researchers, and administrators from The Grid Institute, Boston College, Loyola Marymount University, M.I.T. Media Lab, Harvard University, United States Department of Education, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Federation of American Scientists (FAS), The Smithsonian Institution, Sun Microsystems, Duke University, Southeast Kansas Education Service Center, Immersive Education High School, South Park Elementary, Cornell University, Amherst College, New Media Consortium, Kauffman Foundation, Boston Library Consortium, Montana State University, Boston Media High School, realXtend (Finland), The MOFET Institute (Israel), University of Aizu (Japan), Royal Institute of Technology (Sweden), University of Essex (UK), Coventry University (UK), Giunti Labs (Italy) and European Learning Industry Group, Open University (UK), and more.

Details and registration at: