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STRATEGIC PRIORITY AREA

1. Strengthen teacher capacity

6. Explore learner profile

 

 

 

SPECIAL TOPIC COVERED

- Metacognition

- Universal Design for Learning

 

 

 

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

Report

 

Book

 

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Contact person for Oak LDP grant

Name: Demi Edwards

Position: Chief of Staff

Email: demi@convergencepolicy.org

 

 

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“This grassroots movement is marching forward, and we are not alone. A movement that believes children are capable, loving, creative, and worthy of the deepest respect is a movement that carries us forward in this work of reimagining education. For that, I am grateful.”

– Bobbi Macdonald, Executive Director, City Neighbors Foundation, and Convergence Advisory Board member and Vision Signatory

Education Reimagined, an initiative of national non-profit Convergence, seeks to accelerate the growth and impact of the learner-centered education movement in the United States. Through Oak’s support, it is gathering learners from across the country, exploring the possibility of a learner-centered national “conference,” and expanding its team’s capacity.

Building the learner-centered education movement and cataloguing best-in-class learner-centered environments

ABOUT THE ORGANISATION

 

Convergence is a national nonprofit organisation which convenes people and groups with conflicting views to support structured dialogue, solutions, and action planning. Education Reimagined was launched out of an 18-month Convergence-led dialogue process that brought together 28 ideologically-diverse education practitioners and stakeholders to reimagine education. Out of this process, the group created “A Transformational Vision for Education in the US,” which lays out a new future for education that places the learner at the center. In this future, the current Industrial-era, standardized education system has been transformed to one that truly adapts to the unique interests, needs, strengths, and aspirations of each and every learner, regardless of their circumstances. To further this vision, Education Reimagined was formed to accelerate growth and impact of the learner-centered education movement by identifying, connecting, amplifying, and convening learner-centered pioneers already at work bringing the vision to life.

 

 

 

 

ABOUT THE OAK FUNDED  PROJECT

 

With funding from Oak, Education Reimagined will convene learners from across the country to explore their role as youth leaders in the learner-centered education movement; explore the possibility of co-hosting a national learner-centered “conference” in 2018 with the Center for Individual Opportunity’s Todd Rose; and expand our team’s capacity to support our growing Pioneer Lab community. The gathering of learners, SparkHouse, will bring together 40 diverse students from learner-centered models to expand their vision of the learner-centered education field and discover with them how they might contribute to it. The national learner-centered “conference” exploration and planning will take a number of routes—including hosting meetings to gather input on what audience we might address and what outcomes, if achieved, would make it worth hosting and attending. Finally, we will be hiring an Associate Director of Practitioner Engagement and Learning to expand our understanding of the learner-centered field and support the work of pioneers in our growing national community of practice, Pioneer Lab.

 

 

 

QUESTIONS & ANSWERS

What have you accomplished through your Oak-funded programme that you’re most proud to share with your colleagues?

 

On November 3-4, 2016, we gathered 42 learners (16-21 years old) from 12 states and 15 learning environments for our inaugural SparkHouse gathering. Through this inspiring event, learners were truly front and center. Through the two days, we explored with them what learner-centered education means to them, what it could mean for the entire country, and in what ways they already are and might be leaders of the movement.

 

 

What’s the most interesting challenge your Oak-funded programme currently faces?

 

After our SparkHouse gathering of learners in November, we are eager to continue integrating learners in all aspects of Education Reimagined’s work. We recognize their voices to be the most powerful ones in the movement and see them as the best evidence for learner-centered education. We are grappling with what this commitment means for our strategy and action plan moving forward.

 

 

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