Policy & Advocacy
Removing barriers and creating space for education innovations by advancing enabling policies and providing technical assistance, expertise, briefings, and support to policymakers at all levels.
Field-Building & Knowledge Creation
Building the field across networks, creating new knowledge, analyzing field data and sharing the latest research to produce and communicate insights to move the field forward.
Convening & Connecting
Providing unparalleled networking and learning to professionals designing new learning models, our events connect the field’s leading experts and practitioners with the trends, promising practices, and research to shape the future of education.
We strive to bring clarity on the field, its history, and future directions through engaging with key stakeholders and media.
Center for Policy
We work with policy leaders to support a long-range vision to transform education. We offer frameworks and expertise on diverse issues surrounding education innovation to ensure our nation’s education systems prepare all students with the skills to achieve success, contribute to their communities, and advance society.
CompetencyWorks keeps the field informed on the leading edge of K-12 competency-based education through sharing knowledge, providing original research, and offering a variety of perspectives through an informative blog with practitioner knowledge, advancements, emerging issues, and curated resources from across the field.
Action Research Center (ARC)
Researching emerging tough issues in the field, ARC publishes reports and quality frameworks to equip practitioners to plan, implement and scale personalized, next-generation learning models.
Events & Webinars
Our annual symposium is the field’s premiere convening for future-focused, student-centered learning. Educators, practitioners, researchers, policymakers, and students gather to learn on the cutting edge of the field and discuss pressing issues. Throughout the year, we offer additional learning opportunities through webinars led by the field’s leading voices.
We Activate Seven Levers for Change
Our work is positioned to drive education transformation forward.
Advancing Policy and Providing Advocacy
We educate policymakers on priorities for education innovation, identify best practices for enabling policy and removing barriers, and articulate a vision for the future of K-12 education based on global best practices.
Highlighting Promising Practices
We profile promising programs and emerging practices in new learning models by sharing knowledge about innovative practices, quality implementations, useful resources, and lessons learned focusing on compelling outcomes and key conditions for success.
Facilitating Networks Embracing Innovation
We build and support networks of practitioners, educators, researchers and evaluators to build a community of innovative practice for designing and developing new learning models.
We lift up stories and shift the narrative by sharing powerful experiences for teachers, education leaders, lawmakers, policy influencers, parents, and community members.
We serve as a knowledge-building hub and field-building organization by sharing lessons learned and best practices and lifting up exemplars and leaders driving and implementing new designs.
Building Capacity for Change and Innovation
We create resources and share knowledge across leading institutions and organizations and will develop professional development and training programs, especially around the evolving skill needs for leading highly innovative environments.
Shaping the Public Conversation
We engage with media and other influencers to shape the national narrative around student-centered learning to bring clarity and truth, address opposition, and move the field forward.
How can school leaders support students’ sense of mastery and ownership of their learning amid changing learning environments? Read the seven action steps for improving student agency and engagement in our resource: aurora-institute.org/resource….
Our Work in Action
EDUCATION PROFESSIONALS WORLDWIDE SHARING KNOWLEDGE AND CAPACITY-BUILDING
FEDERAL AND STATE POLICYMAKERS SEEKING TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE ANNUALLY
REPORTS, ISSUE BRIEFS, AND INFORMATION MATERIALS PUBLISHED TO RAISE THE FIELD OF PERSONALIZED, COMPETENCY-BASED EDUCATION
ATTENDEES OF THE ANNUAL SYMPOSIUM