I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday! As always, we are grateful for your enduring and courageous commitment to bringing learner-centered education to life for young people across the country.
As the year is coming to a close and we are preparing for next year, our guiding question is: How do we make the shift to the learner-centered paradigm inevitable and irreversible? Asked more plainly, how do we make learner-centered education the new normal?
We think there are three important areas that have to be advanced simultaneously:
- Building the public will to create an education system that produces holistic, 21st-century knowledge, skills, and dispositions for each and every learner;
- Creating the policy environments and conditions for learner-centered pioneers to thrive; and
- Demonstrating proof of concept. While this is based on unequivocal research around how learning happens, we still have a long way to go in developing the systems and structures that reliably enable learning ecosystems to deliver 21st century results for all learners.
We know that no one organization—or even set of organizations—can make all those things happen. It takes a movement—people all across the country acting separately in ways that contribute to the whole.
Education Reimagined plays the role of a movement builder. Our work is to elevate and amplify the voices and stories of the many people in the field advancing the work in those three areas. We help people see the coherence and unifying paradigm and beliefs behind the diverse activities and models of learner-centered pioneers.
Through our publications, public speaking, and meetings, we nourish, embolden, and build support for the pioneers who work tirelessly to go against the tide to bring learner-centered education to life. We enable pioneers to be nationally recognized as a movement and to advocate, collaborate, and advance the field together.
For the first time, we are directly inviting our readers to share our work with your friends, families, and networks and to contribute financially to our work. We hope that you find Education Reimagined a valuable resource in the field and will consider supporting us to continue accelerating the learner-centered movement in whatever way makes sense for you.
We have another amazing issue of Pioneering. Enjoy!