“What does the future of learning look like? And how will we create it?”
Those two questions were posed yesterday at the orientation session for School Design for Individualized Learning, a joint initiative of the Bush Foundation and 2Revolutions that aims to “inspire, equip, and connect educators who want to reimagine the purpose and structure of school.”
Over 120 educators, administrators, and education advocates gathered in St. Paul to learn about the principles of individualized learning and to participate in a group design activity. The Bush Foundation and 2Revolutions also hosted orientation sessions in Rochester and Moorhead this week.
Kayla Yang-Best, the Education Portfolio Director for the Bush Foundation (in full disclosure, a funder of Education Evolving) kicked off the orientation by providing context for the Foundation’s individualized learning initiative, which they unveiled earlier this year.
Yang-Best explained that the guiding goal of the Initiative is to make the region the national leader in individualized education. The Bush Foundation’s definition of individualized learning includes the following:
To advance this vision of individualized learning, the Bush Foundation invests in efforts that are dedicated to making education more relevant for all students in terms of:
After Yang-Best’s introduction, 2Revolutions provided their Framework for the Future of Learning, which places students at the center as the basis from which all other decisions are made. Using the Framework, orientation attendees were asked to write down what they wanted school to be like for students in 2027.
Then, in groups, attendees shared their responses and identified three common trends. A few of the responses included competency-based assessment and progress, community partnerships, internships, flexible standards, and a deconstruction of educational norms regarding time and space. Finally, the groups were asked to draw or write an “ecosystem” for their future school system.
Educators who wish to continue with the design experience they sampled last night will have the opportunity to participate in three more extensive design workshops over the next several months, as described on the Bush Foundation website. Participants will hone their vision and develop a plan for an individualized learning experience that can be expanded schoolwide. Some of the plans participants create may be funded for implementation by Bush.
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