An idea whose time has come.
In April 2013, we–education practitioners, scholars, business and union leaders, parents, and advocates–gathered together because we believed it was time for a new conversation about education.
We were not your typical group–no two in agreement about how to fix the current system. What we did share, however, was a fundamental commitment for all children to love learning and thrive regardless of their circumstances. We knew it was time to stop debating how to fix the system and start imagining a new system.
We were brought together in Washington, DC by Convergence, a non-profit that convenes sustained dialogues among leaders, doers, and thinkers with conflicting views to create breakthrough solutions on issues of national concern. Together, we challenged ourselves to imagine what could be, rather than what is. We grappled with hard questions about the outcomes we want for all learners, the learning environments that could foster those outcomes, and the systems and structures necessary to create those environments.
We emerged united behind a transformational vision for the future of learning. A vision with the learner at the center. We are eager to join with you to discover and create this future together.