collecting my thoughts- what matters in education reform?

August 12, 2010

Education reform is complex.  As I read, write, converse and consider different perspectives and realities, I turn to thinking about the box- what could contain the information I need, the thoughts to consider in a space where I could examine what is and think about what might be?  Rising from my ongoing conversations and work with the folks engaging in the conversation at #ecosys, I have developed the following wish list:

Resource Creation: I want a systematic collection of evidence and information that underlies current realities and potential decisions by topic:
Identification of Purpose of Education (addressing equity, Elements of Ecosystem and Definition of Terms)
Historical perspective (and systemic analysis?)
Current Perspecitve: Legal requirements and realities
Portraits of success- identification of avenues
Portraits of challenge- identification of barriers

I want to explore and ultimately develop position papers on elements to influence reform:

  1. Teacher preparation (sophisticated knowledge and skills to understand learners, brain science, families, social constructs, standards, curriculum, assessment and methodology)
  2. Administrator preparation (sophisticated knowledge and skills to understand learners, brain science, families, social constructs, standards, curriculum, assessment and methodology)
  3. Parental Engagement (define) inclusive of worldview/cultural norms
  4. Identification of Standards: framed via skills and competencies (21C)
  5. Open Curriculum w/ scope, not sequence; aligned w/brain science; inclusive of worldview/cultural norms
  6. Open Methodology- target skills and competencies (instead of Standards?? Or is this standards?) aligned with brain science; inclusive of worldview/cultural norms
  7. Assessment (identification of skillset, interest, goal setting, progress monitoring, standards achievement????); aligned with brain science; inclusive of worldview/cultural norms
  8. Evaluation of teachers (parental engagement, id of standards, implementation of curriculum, implementation of methodology, implementation of assessment)
  9. Evaluation of programs (parental engagement, id of standards, implementation of curriculum, implementation of methodology, implementation of assessment)
  10. Political Activism- to influence clear, flexible policy to ensure accountability that children meet standard goals
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