Their white paper contrasts examples of typical current educational practices with examples of transformative practices, such as:
• Moving from age-based cohorts to learning or progress-based groupings.
• Changing classrooms with randomly assigned age mates into small, collaborative, flexible learning groups.
• Dropping standardized solutions in favor of customized learning plans and processes.
• Transforming largely face-to-face, teacher-directed instruction into electronic, digitally blended instructional approaches.
• Phasing out largely print-based instructional resources and implementing digital, highly customizable textbooks and online instructional and learning resources.Two quotes had me nodding my head as I read:
A system that only values testing is “hurtful for children,” Evers added, saying the state must “move forward in a more positive direction.
“We see the educator as the key to success,” Gavigan said. “You can tinker with systems [and] funding methodologies, but if something substantial is not changed with regard to the teacher-student interaction, we have not accomplished the transformation.”
I will be watching the progress of this group.
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