Media Round-up: Education Reform on the National Scene

With this year’s school year well under way, we continue to spot articles in national media that highlight the broader dialogue on education reform. Here are a few articles and events that touch upon different facets of the education reform conversation.

Connecting Technology and Entrepreneurship to Education Reform

While experts approach education reform from many angles, technology continues to rise to the top for preparing students for a 21st century workplace. Gabriel Sanchez Zinny, president of (an online education resource for Latin America) talks about how technology is an important complement to traditional reform efforts here in the U.S. and beyond.

“While traditional education reforms to incorporate greater flexibility and higher standards into the system are still necessary, they are not sufficient. This means generating more data-driven systems so we know what works, promoting collaborative knowledge creation, extending the available time for learning, and allowing students and teachers to experiment and develop personalized methods. Technology has a critical role to play . . . For the sake of our economic future — and that of our children — we must recommit to finding new ways to improve our education system.”

Read more here.

Education Summit Takes Place in NYC, Explores “What It Takes” To Ensure Students Are Successfully Prepared

Leading experts and stakeholders in the discipline joined together with students and celebrities to hold panel discussions, attend sessions, and participate in round-table meetings at the fourth annual Education Nation Summit on October 6-8. Here are a few sessions and resources documented from the conference:

What It Takes: Keeping Up with the Competition

“Setting the stage for the 2013 Education Nation Summit, American students from diverse backgrounds offer their perspectives on public schools in the U.S. and abroad. Education Nation examines the results of an Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) pilot project that for the first time enables high schools in America to see how they stack up against the global competition.”

See more here.

What It Takes: Personalized Learning

Educators are using more technology and redesigning the classroom to offer individualized learning experiences for students. Education Nation explores what high-quality personalized learning can look like.”

See more here.

Smaller Classes May Not Be Key to Achievement

“Film writer and director M. Night Shyamalan spent the last five years digging into the problems that have plagued American public schools, and joined MSNBC’s Jansing & Co. Tuesday [October 8] alongside the Education Nation summit to talk about education reform. ‘Our foundation started getting involved in wanting to know what worked in the research for closing the achievement gap between inner-city low-income kids . . .  And it just became an obsessive five-year thing of looking at all the research and I put it all in a book.’”

See more here.


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