Learning Out Loud: How Districts Can Become Education’s New Inventors

Learning Out Loud | Insights   22 September 2021


Overtime, the processes that get developed and the priorities that get internalized start to define not only what the organization can do but also what it can’t do, what it won’t do, or what it’s not interested in doing.

Thomas Arnett
Senior Research Fellow, Christensen Institute

On September 1st, 2021, Kelly Young, Education Reimagined’s President, hosted the sixth Learning Out Loud with Education Reimagined conversation, featuring guest, Thomas Arnett, Senior Research Fellow at the Christensen Institute. View the recording of the conversation below along with the conversation summary.

Conversation Summary (with timestamps)

[00:08] Kelly shares the challenges that show up when freedom and funding are at odds with one another in education. And, the vision for community-based ecosystems of learning that can marry these two together.
[09:15] Thomas shares why it’s so difficult (if not impossible) to invent something new within an existing system.
[17:45] Kelly shares why Education Reimagined distinguishes between innovation and invention.
[19:25] Thomas shares the barriers to invention the Christensen Institute has identified as present within the conventional education system.
[23:05] Thomas shares what kind of autonomy districts need to secure the freedom necessary to invent learner-centered structures.
[28:38] Kelly shares where we find the most advanced learner-centered examples in the United States, which most often occur outside the conventional education system, and their mindset to “fill a gap” rather than seek to invent a new ecosystem of learning.
[31:30] Thomas shares how we can take advantage of policies that already exist to embark on inventive work.
[33:10] Kelly and Thomas share the different pathways district leaders can consider to begin and advance their learner-centered transformation journeys.
[47:00] Audience Q&A

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