Presentation on theme: "Creating the Education System We Need : Closing the Gaps"— Presentation transcript:
1 Creating the Education System We Need : Closing the Gaps Raymond J. McNulty, Senior Fellow, ICLEChief Learning Officer, Penn Foster
2 I Am Not An Expert! I am not smarter than you….. I have a different job…….I do not have all the answers……
3 “The future is not some place we are going to, but one we are creating “The future is not some place we are going to, but one we are creating. The paths are not found, but made, and the activity of making them changes both the maker and the destination.” John Schaar
5 Schools are ImprovingChanging WorldSchool Improvement
6 The one size fits all school that took its present shape in the 1930’s was a poor fit with the reality even then. In the twenty first century, it belongs in our romantic memories of once upon a time John I. Goodlad
10 Multiple e-Dentity Disorder The Emergence ofMultiple e-Dentity Disorder"The concept of an 'average American' is gone, forever. The average American has been replaced by a complex, multidimensional society that defies simplistic labeling.”- demographics expert Peter FranceseFind All of “Me” OnlinePhoto credit : Amber Mayhem
15 Systems are challenged today like never before and the key challenge that we face is results.
16 Broaden the definition of learning in your system to include adults. In an environment driven by results, the best strategy is to “DEVELOP YOUR PEOPLE.”Broaden the definition of learning in yoursystem to include adults.
17 The focus must be on the way we work. Cooperation is what was valued in the past. It is about efficiency: “You do this and I will do that.”Collaboration is where we should focus. It is about shared creation and shared solutions, in which the focus is not on the process but on the specific results, and everyone in the system has responsibility for the results.
18 Making a better “20th Century School” is not the answer.
19 Ray, reading the paper on your “Kindle” or online just isn’t the same! The Boston GlobeRay, reading the paper on your “Kindle” or online just isn’t the same!
20 Almost everyone wants schools to be better, but almost no one wants them to be different.
29 Why did apps succeed? Apps are personal and niche. Users customize their smartphones with the apps that appeal to them most, often sharing their favorites with friends.Apps are interactive.
30 Does this apply in education? Apps are personal and niche.Users customize their smartphones with the apps that appeal to them most, often sharing their favorites with friends.Apps are interactive.Not sure about this, can Bill spin some comparison showing that education needs to be more personalized experience. That is customizable to each individual student and more interactive?
51 Our HistoryIn 1890, Thomas J. Foster identified an untapped market of blue collar workers looking to improve their lives and offered distance learning as a way to achieve these outcomesMission: “Provide practical men with a technical education and technical men with a practical education.”His courses opened the door to job advancement and an improved socioeconomic status for the studentsThomas J. Foster
52 Penn Foster: The Leading Provider of Affordable Distance Learning
54 "You don't have to change the student population to get results; you simply have to change the conditions under which they learn." - Pedro Noguera
55 EducationIf you are focused on seat time you are focused on the wrong end of the student.
56 EducationThe education industry thinks technology adds cost; all other industries use technology to drive down costs.
57 EducationEducation does everything that it always has and then bolts on technology, which is where the added cost comes from. Other industries use technology to change the way they do things, which is where the cost savings comes from.
58 Kids Today Learn anywhere, anytime, with and from anyone Always on, always connected, expecting collaborationNeed to be engaged and involvedDemand personalized learning experiencesEngaged and involved bullet can have the following story. They don’t like watching tv as much anymore because they are just a passive viewer they don’t have any in depth control over what is going on. Only option they have is to change the channel. 1 way interaction not 2 way like on YouTube or any other service where you can comment, recommend, share with friends.Additional story to show how kids today are different (Always on Always Connected). When power goes out Dad thinks to himself how great it will be peace and quite time for his family to bond and enjoy each others company. His kids are very anxious the minute the power goes out asking when it will be back on, what are they supposed to do with out being able to connect to anyone, cell phone battery isn’t going to last and don’t have service anyway. Before the dad has time to go and get a board game for the family to sit down and play he sees his two sons and a couple of their friends walking across the front yard towards the minivan with a handful of DVDs. They figured out that they could go into the minivan and watch DVDs using the minivan battery until the power came back on.
74 The Fundamental Attribution Error When looking at our own behavior, we tend to view the situation in the environment that surrounds our action. When looking at the behavior of others, we make assumptions about their personal qualities.
75 The Effects of Praise Fixed or Growth Can’t hand confidence to learners on a silver platter.
76 We live in a world obsessed with predictability and control, some people believe that if we can’t truly measure something it must not matter.We must consider the possibility that if we can’t truly measure something, it may be the most important thing.
77 It’s not us against them! Talking with kids…It’s not us against them!