Nelson Gonzalez – Stupski Foundation addressed the OECD Innovative Learning Environment Oct. 10th.
He put forward some key ideas about why we must innovate:
We have a Mandate:
- We must democratize education
- How do we reach all kids – especially those in publicly funded education
- $2.3 Trillion loss in GNP for United States due to lagging approach in education over last 25 years
- We are underutilizing our human capital
- Demographic shifts require a complete overhaul of our approach education
- With economic and political shifts and uncertainty we have to adapt
We have Consensus:
- Broad agreement that we need to change and innovate
We need to go to scale:
- Innovation is happening in small pockets
- Systems are very rigid and are very change resistant
- We need to develop adaptive design approaches
- Students need to be at the centre of design – to really focus on R&D
- Create a network of networks to learn from each other
- How can we measure our return on investment?
- Student-centered R&D – in education we spend less than 1% on R&D in industry the norm is 7 to 15%
- Students must own and drive their own learning – Student Agency
- Academic knowledge needs – passion for learning, growth mindsets and learning strategies
- Examples of R&D – Five US schools – learning lab network
- Focus on 14 and 15 year-old students
- Need to look at improvement science – the how to of innovation
- The institute for health care improvement – three big questions – What are we trying to accomplish? How will we know that a change is an improvement? What change can we make that will result in an improvement?
- Planning cycle -Plan, Do, Study, Act
- Carnegie Foundation for teacher improvement – The Improvement Guide – book on understanding change management – a practical approach to enhancing organizational performance
- Full-system alignment is also key – how to align the school, district, state (province) – including students, parents – everyone is committed through contracts
- We need to change culture, reward risk, create identity as knowledge workers
- Innovation needs a bubble-up approach – change on local level that bubbles up to impact systems
- Create a network of networks – perhaps with OECD leading the process
- Networks have the power to build new systems
Important questions to ask as we look at the transformation agenda:
- What is our definition of learning?
- How do we do R&D with a networked approach to increase it`s effectiveness and to increase speed of change?