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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.

Federal Policy Priorities to Accelerate Education Innovation

The Aurora Institute’s Federal Policy Priorities are an equity-driven and future-focused set of recommendations designed to ensure the nation’s education system is fit for purpose. The priorities are intentionally constructed to support moving states and localities forward from their current state of education to future systems capable of preparing all graduates with the knowledge, abilities, and dispositions necessary to achieve success, to contribute to their communities, and to advance our society.