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ReimaginED: The Future of K12 Education


From TED talk playlists to government speeches, everyone agrees: education is changing. Exactly how, why, or what it all means is still up for debate. Are the low United States PISA scores a sign of stagnation or creativity? Does technology replace or enhance face to face interaction? Are we trying to teach skillsconcepts, or learning mindsets?

At NewSchools Venture Fund, we’d like to set the stage differently, in the context of the ground up innovation already happening. While some see the systemic challenges facing us as signs of a depressed age or solemn future, we see it as a call to action. The time is now to re-imagine our education system, and the landscape that’s developed over the last several years offers fertile ground for new approaches.

Just what are the challenges facing our nation, and what are problem solvers doing to keep training the next generation to be the best and brightest? Find out in Re-imagined, a 50 slide overview of the present and future of education.

Thanks to Brian Greenberg, Emily Dalton-Smith, Evan Marwell, Shruti Gandhi, Janis Ortega, Jennifer Carolan, Shauntel Poulson, Eva Gonda Green, and others for their guidance and feedback on the presentation. Thanks also to Liza Rosh for support with the graphic design.

3 Responses to “ReimaginED: The Future of K12 Education”

  1. David Havens

    Great feedback from Nick Punt at Edsurge (XPost, Facebook):

    My one bit of feedback is: go further. You have lots of the major elements individually laid out, but go for gestalt and goal state. Whats the school experience going to be like for teachers and students?

    Specifically, you have slides on growth mindset and teacher satisfaction, but those together are a huge story – the culture of school, embodied in self perceptions, practices, and motivations of students and teachers. Edtech isn’t those things directly, but it can sure do a lot to help facilitate improving those things. On avg its currently not enjoyable to be a teacher or a student in the US education system and holy crap thats not good. So painting picture goes like: A new school model + better teacher-teacher pd + better feedback via better edtech starts to create more supportive, more “professional” teaching experience that builds a love of craft and retains good teachers. Thats what you can expect improvements in from all these innovations, if people use them right.

    Relatedly, I’d throw in MinecraftEdu or something similar on the games/experiences front, and add 21st century skill stuff especially arts/creative education. Luxury-to-masses is happening all over the place here, where awesome learning experiences and creative opportunity is much cheaper than ever before via interactive apps/games, which means we get important stuff like arts back and hopefully integrated in other subjects too. The examples section was good but it was a bit too heavy on reading/testing/reporting and it didn’t look as fun as edtech is

  2. This begins to bring the issue of economic inequality to light, and the role of technology in balancing the scale–but it doesn’t mention the exploding Latino and English language learner (ELL) student population, the fastest-growing segment of preK-12, and the group with the largest economic, technology, and academic achievement gaps! These kids are our nation’s future. The needs of Hispanics and ELLs and their families must be a central part of the dialog to reimagine education and the use of technology to level the playing field: instruction, assessment, professional development, and family engagement.

  3. Lise –
    Thanks for highlighting the Latino and ELL populations, you are absolutely right! We view technology as a strong means of leveling the playing field, as you say, and must stay focused on increasing access to traditionally underserved demographics while at the same time building up the systems that support them.

    Our seed investment in is one way we are trying to help.

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