New Innovation Spotlight Episode – Shawn Rubin on Innovative Educator Prep and Stakeholder Voice
Each year at our annual Symposium, Matthew Shea and Courtney Belolan manage the Voices Hub. It’s a recording space set in the Innovation Corner where attendees can drop by and share their thoughts, lessons learned, and process the ideas they’re getting through the conference. Over the next several weeks, we’ll share some of the most thought-provoking and engaging conversations. We start with an interview with Shawn Rubin, our 2017 Innovator Award recipient and Chief Education Officer at the Highlander Institute. He shares an innovative educator prep model and talks about what’s missing from the conversation about the shift toward student-centered learning.
Join Susan Patrick and Eliot Levine for the Aurora Institute Meet Up at SXSW EDUHeaded to SXSW EDU? Save March 11, 2020 for the Aurora Institute Meet Up. President & CEO Susan Patrick and Research Director Eliot Levine will lead a conversation on "Going Deeper with Personalized, Competency-Based Education." The meet up will take place at 2 pm in the Austin Suite of the Austin Convention Center. Mark your calendars.
|From the Education Domain Blog
Dr. Brooke Stafford-Brizard: Mental Health and Wellness Are Key to LearningWhen we asked parents and teachers the most important skill set that their students need in life, parents named mental health as the most important, followed by reading. Mental health was in teachers’ top five. The majority of both parents and teachers feel that teachers should and can focus on this broader definition of success.
Education Innovation Is Flourishing Across the Commonwealth of VirginiaSmall steps are leading to big changes across Virginia communities. In a dawn of new business opportunities across Virginia, all students need to acquire the essential knowledge and skills that lead to lifelong learning, workforce success, and active citizenship. Read More
Executive Summary | Current to Future StateStates and districts want to move from the current, inequitable state of K-12 education to a future-focused, equity-driven state, where all students graduate prepared to succeed. We published an analysis of critical issues they can address in Current to Future State: Issues and Action Steps for State Policy to Support Personalized, Competency-Based Learning. We followed the report up with this quick action guide to draw the attention of state policymakers and school leaders to six critical issues to tackle along their transformation journey.
Plugged In Headlines: News About Education Transformation
Utah State Board of Education Developing New Teacher Certification Program
Rebecca Packard, Daily Herald
The New York Times Teaching Project, 2020-21
The Learning Network, The New York Times
Tackling the Native American Achievement Gap
Kimberly Yavorski, The Hill
Wonder How Districts' Decisions on Curriculum and Instruction Change Over Time? We'll Soon Have Answers
Stephen Sawchuk, Education Week
Why These Educators Meet Regularly to Align Instruction with Mind, Brain, and Education Research
Kristin Simmers, EdSurge
Idaho’s Innovative Mastery Network Expands, Looks to the Future
Idaho State Department of Education
SCPS Launches Competency-Based Education Website
Shelby County Public Schools
This District Uses Micro-Credentials to Boost PL
Jennifer Carroll and Robert Brown, eSchoolNews
High School Starts At 3 p.m. for These Michigan Students
Kevin Lavery, NPR
New Report Highlights Progress and Challenges in U.S. High School Dropout and Completion Rates
National Center for Education Statistics
Brain Scans in the Classroom? Project Trains Teachers to Do Hands-On Research
Sarah D. Sparks, Education Week
Education Department Launches New Civil Rights Outreach Initiative
Evie Blad, Education Week
Why Educational Disparities Persist
Jennifer O’Day and Marshall S. Smith, Stanford Social Innovation Review
The 6 Education Policy Topics You’ll See in 2020
Jeremy Anderson, Ed Note
It’s Time for the World of Work to Connect to Our Classrooms
Phyllis Lockett, Forbes
Aurora Institute in the News
Show What You Know: A Parent’s Guide To The Global Shift To Competency
We inherited a system of education that has six big problems: it doesn’t focus on important skills, it’s boring, it doesn’t work for most learners, it’s inequitable, it doesn’t measure well, and it doesn’t communicate well. Read More
Rebrand Update: Our Staff Email Addresses Have ChangedNow that we have become the Aurora Institute, our email addresses have changed. To make sure your email gets through, replace "inacol.org" with "aurora-institute.org" when sending messages to our team members. Please update your address books, and contact our communications team if you have any questions.
New Report on Building Balanced Systems of AssessmentBalanced systems of assessment, if well designed and implemented, can serve critical educational equity aims by ensuring that all students are supported in meeting key learning and development targets. We jointly published a report with the Center for Assessment to examine the barriers and opportunities to instituting high-quality assessment systems. Read More
|News, Resources, & Opportunities from around the Field
|Bush Foundation Regional Scan of Individualized Learning
|The Bush Foundation commissioned a study of student-centered learning across its grantmaking region (Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, and the 23 Native nations that share the same geography). It surveyed school leaders' awareness and understanding, school conditions for personalized learning, challenges, and strategies. Explore the findings.
|Future Focused Education Book Release
|Future Focused Education recently published, Together We Rise: What Innovative Education Looks Like, a compilation of diverse ideas that can help inform a path toward K-12 education transformation. Our President and CEO, Susan Patrick, contributed to the book with "8 Ideas That Are Transforming America's Education System." Read It.
|America Forward Launches Policy Playbook
|United to Move America Forward provides innovative policy ideas to increase opportunity, advance equity, and achieve sustainable change in the United States in multiple domains, including education. The Aurora Institute and more than 100 thought leaders contributed to the playbook with ideas on how children learn, creating conditions for families to thrive, and other salient social topics in this election year. Download the playbook.
|Nellie Mae Education Foundation Supporting Organizations Led By People of Color
|As part of its recently announced grantmaking strategy, the Nellie Mae Foundation has launched a request for proposals to support a cohort of organizations led by people of color who are working with communities of color serving parents, youth, and educators around transforming barriers to racial equity in public education. Learn More and Apply.
|Our Center for Policy Advocacy leads the multi-stage evolution of policy necessary for the growth of effective student-centered learning models toward the goals of high-quality learning and equity. Our policy priorities are designed to ensure the nation’s education system is fit for purpose and help move states forward from their current state of education to future systems.
|CompetencyWorks is an online resource dedicated to competency education in K-12 education. CompetencyWorks shares original research, knowledge and a variety of perspectives through an informative blog with practitioner knowledge, policy advancements, papers on emerging issues and a wiki with resources curated from across the field. Bookmark this resource and check often for frequent updates.
|The Aurora Institute hosts a resource library containing more than 200 materials. Working collaboratively with diverse experts in the field, the Aurora Institute produces reports, books, policy briefs, blog posts, webinars and related resources on key topics and tough issues that equip and empower educators and leaders to catalyze and scale personalized, next generation learning models.
The mission of Aurora Institute is to drive the transformation of education systems and accelerate the advancement of breakthrough policies and practices to ensure high-quality learning for all.