Working to expand educational opportunities so that all may achieve the American dream.
Innovation Advisory Council
Ed Cultivator
To engage major companies delivering education or whole school solutions in solving the biggest challenges facing an increasingly global education space, and to connect them with all the early entrepreneurs hoping to help.
The genesis of Education Reform was the quest to ensure that two vital, distinctively American traits—Innovation and Opportunity—became imbedded throughout education institutions. Our job at the Center for Education Reform has always been to create the conditions for both, through law and policy, public awareness and communication. But today, Education Reform is an amorphous term. Once reflective of revolutionary change, it has become more synonymous with the status quo. Laws that inhibit innovation and opportunity are spreading. On the cusp of an important election, education reform is losing ground at the national level and struggling to hold on even in the places where we have demonstrated the most dramatic success. Thus CER is evolving. We will grow a new movement like we did when first launched in 1993, and transform the landscape for educational excellence with a whole new generation of advocates. Building on our 23 years of experience, accomplishment and leadership, we have launched the New Opportunity Agenda, focused on bringing opportunity to millions more students by building bridges with the nation's innovators, leading technologies and content gurus. We're also putting the ed tech in edreform and bringing the greatest minds together to quickly solve the urgent problems facing all learners and potential learners, from their earliest days through adulthood. Education is not about place, time or space, but about learning. We won't stop until we have helped all accomplish it. Here is how we are doing it:
To establish and foster creation of great programs that will accelerate teaching and learning by using our unique contacts and experience to match new ideas generated with beta testing sites.
Ed Tech Roundtable
Parents everywhere want choices and diverse learning approaches. Teachers in every kind of school want autonomy and welcome accountability. A new generation of educators is restless and ready to engage. We must create collaborations with new parties and organizations to bring about historic change. From the ed-tech entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley to leaders of investment and higher education communities, we have the opportunity to forge partnerships across the for-profit and non-profit sectors as well as across political boundaries. Resetting the landscape for structural change in education requires providing opportunities for people to develop great products to fill gaps in education, including schools themselves. It requires engaging more people and organizations in solving problems, and not limiting them with demands, rules or laws that dictate one approach. Resetting the landscape for structural change in education requires providing maximum opportunities for kids, teachers and families – and the flexibility for innovations to be tested and applied. Every education policy effort going forward must be focused on creating the opportunity for innovation. Money must be available to fund students wherever they are, regardless of the kind of school they attend. All our new work and policies must be highly transparent, understandable and meaningful to our citizens, at every level.
To build a new ecosystem of ed tech with ed reform, helping both sectors to understand their unique needs and USPs and thus expand the pool of activists engaged in making schools better.
Today there exists a world of education technologists and entrepreneurs who are developing new and varied approaches to teaching, managing, leading and learning on a minute-by-minute basis. We also know more now than ever about how the brain functions, what kinds of learning environments work best for individual students, and how non-cognitive attributes can determine a student’s trajectory in life. This unprecedented knowledge gives us the ability to radically transform education so that it meets the personalized needs of every student. To do so, we as a nation must find and seat the best innovations in America in the educational process and give the people license to explore and learn.