Today’s learners face an uncertain present and a rapidly changing future that will demand far different skills and knowledge than were needed in the 20th century. We also know far more today about enabling deep, powerful learning than we did when public schools were designed in the early 20th century. Our collective future depends on how well young people prepare for the challenges and opportunities of 21st-century life.

COVID-19 and Next Gen Learning

The COVID-19 pandemic has created a massive disruption in education across the nation and the globe. NGLC applauds and supports the valiant efforts by educators far and wide to prop up emergency remote instruction, to continue services from food to mental health and more, and to maintain connections with learners and their local communities.

Among all the uncertainty about what comes next for education, there is growing certainty that we can't go back to the way things were. Is now the time to answer Why Schools Need to Change and come together to create better solutions for our young people?

NGLC has teamed up with other organizations to support the education community to ask and answer these questions. Will you join us?

All In This Together: NGLC is coordinating ongoing conversation among several organizations that share in the mission of transforming the learning experience in schools. The group is currently exploring two issues: (1) an inquiry into factors that helped some schools and districts quickly pivot to provide next gen learning experiences during school building closures; and (2) an effort to elevate youth voice in this moment and as schools and districts make decisions about the future.

COVID-19 Education Coalition BadgeCOVID-19 Education Coalition: This community of nonprofit organizations convened by ISTE and EdSurge supports the shift to online learning in seven areas: centering equity; connectivity; international engagement; personalized learning; social emotional learning; safety, privacy, and digital citizenship; and higher education. NGLC is co-leading the personalized learning working group with the New Hampshire Society for Technology in Education.

This Is Our Chance Film FestivalThis is Our Chance Film Festival 2020: This free virtual film festival about the intersection of race, education, and youth empowerment was held October 6-27. The collaborators—NGLC, Education Reimagined, Embark Education, Fielding International, Boundless, HundrED, Micah Memphis, One Stone, Portland Education, and XQ—wished to inspire and ignite new conversations of what learning can be. Although the festival has ended, the event's website provides valuable resources on the themes highlighted by the films.

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Why Do Schools Need to Change?

The factory model is outdated. But why is that so? Why does our nation so desperately need to change the way learning happens in schools? Is there more to next generation learning than innovation for innovation’s sake?

When next gen education leaders articulate Why Schools Need to Change, parents, community members, and the general public become supportive of—and involved in—the work of creating new designs for schools.

Answers to “why” come from all kinds of sources: Statistics and trends on education achievement gaps, employer demands, advances in technology, changing demographics, and more. Learning science and educational research that demonstrate how learning happens and the conditions that support it. The fast pace of cultural and economic shifts happening around us. The documented injustices of poverty and social and cultural oppression.

And then there are the stories: The struggling student who was getting more and more frustrated with each passing day as she kept falling farther behind. The student who was already highly skilled at applying the content in your next lesson. The bright student who was disengaged and on the brink of failing out. The frustration of having to teach to the test when you know that’s not what students need most. The fatigue of adopting the newest curriculum only to be switched again in a few years.

In the MyWays project, NGLC provides compelling evidence about the impact of our changing world on today’s youth and on learning. This resource will help you engage your school and local community in taking on the challenge of answering Why Schools Need to Change.

How You Can Get Involved

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