Accountable for Integrity

“We promise to do our best.” Before every volleyball match, I coached my players to set both individual and team goals. Sometimes players set goals relevant to their specific skills and roles on the team, while others vowed to improve their attitudes when adversity strikes. Adversity was common: we were a rag-tag team of inner-city…

Standardization or Personalization? (Or, how not to fumble the equity ball.)

This post was originally featured on EducationWeek’s Learning Deeply blog, accessible here. Equity. The concept has been a bit of a football lately in public discourse around deeper learning, assessment, and accountability; and by first appearances, civil rights advocates seem to have formed two distinct teams: those for standardization, and those for personalization. Some equity proponents carry…

MIND THE GAP: Considering equity in personalized education

This post was originally featured in EducationWeek’s Learning Deeply blog. The muses that inspire “personalized education” reformers – that is, those who hope to radically redesign the education system to be more responsive to the needs of individual students on customized pathways that produce deeper levels of learning, as described here and here – are diverse. Some…

State Policy to… Inspire?

This post originally ran in the EducationWeek Learning Deeply blog. If you’ve been following this blog’s collective journey into Learning Deeply, you’ve caught glimpses of the schools, educators, and empowered learners that embody deeper learning. All of these inspiring elements and actors exist within carefully concocted systems of education, but where does the policymaker fit…

What ecology can teach us about the future of education

Many thought leaders in education, including Clayton Christensen, Michael Horn, and Sir Ken Robinson, have suggested that the current education system is outdated and requires fundamental transformation to respond to the growing pressures of societal change. Often drawing on analogies to evolution and natural selection, leading thinkers have characterized the need for change as not just…