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Issue: Modernize and Diversify the Educator-Leader Workforce

Future Focused State Policy Actions to Transform K-12 Education

Education leaders recognize the need to transform the education system to disrupt inequitable, centuries-old practices that no longer fit the world in which we live. Modernizing our education system means moving away from an industrial age “one-size-fits-all” model in which teachers stand and deliver and learners sit and get. Today, we know more than ever about how students learn best, and bold policy actions can align current educational practice with this knowledge. This challenges traditional thinking around how to deploy resources for learning more flexibly to meet learners’ needs. Namely, these resources include teachers, time, spaces, funding, technology, as well as opportunities for community-based and place-based learning. It also requires increasing access and opening pathways toward future-focused learning experiences that will result in building knowledge and skills for lifelong learning and success.