Next generation learning is all about everyone in the system—from students through teachers to policymakers—taking charge of their own learning, development, and work. That doesn’t happen by forcing change through mandates and compliance. It happens by creating the environment and the equity of opportunity for everyone in the system to do their best possible work.

Our education system was designed for stability and conformity, not change nor diversity. To provide students with excellence, we need an education system that is dynamic and flexible, adapting at the speed in which our culture and world are changing.

Every parent wants his or her child to benefit from an excellent education. But the strategies that defined excellence yesterday will likely not generate excellence tomorrow. Our schools have to be more proactive in meeting the changing needs of our world and the students we serve.

The hardest part of creating new designs for school, however, may not be the designs themselves. It may be how to move these new approaches into common use without losing the power, promise, complexity, and depth of the original ideas.

Solving the challenge of Enabling Change means that every person, from child to adult, is a learner. And each learner has a community of supportive partners, opportunity to reflect on current practice and redesign the school experience (yes, even students!), and license to pilot new ideas. When every person recognizes that they are change agents, with permission and choice to take action, they make next generation learning possible. And in the process, begin to change the national culture within which our K–12 system operates.

Next Gen Change Management

NGLC is advancing the field’s understanding of what it takes to solve the challenge of Enabling Change through its Next Gen Change Management Project (formerly called the Innodoption Project). With support from the Carnegie Corporation of New York, NGLC is partnering with six leading school districts across the country—Vista, Arcadia, and Lindsay in California; Kettle Moraine in Wisconsin; St. Vrain Valley in Colorado; and Henry County in Georgia—and other partners including the Deeper Learning Dozen and Transcend Education to identify, synthesize, and disseminate change management strategies capable of supporting genuine transformation of learning strategies and student outcomes. These strategies cumulatively represent the development of a new practice in K–12 education (with potential ramifications in other sectors as well) we are calling Transformation Science.

The premise of this new discipline is this:

If young Americans are going to emerge from our public schools ready to tackle the profoundly complex challenges of the 21st century, those who serve them need to tackle the equally profound challenge of enabling that readiness—by transforming ourselves and the systems that have shaped our actions for close to five generations. The adults and organizations in public education need to reflect and model the goals and the agency-driven learning strategies students need to experience in order to thrive in the 21st century. Learn more.

The 18-month Next Gen Change Management Project will produce tools, services and initiatives specifically designed to help schools and school districts moving toward next gen learning and school redesign. Learn more.

NGLC also offers direct services to support educators who are leading change in their own communities toward next gen learning and new designs for school. Learn more.

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