An Optimist’s Education Agenda

In education, we are often pummeled by the problems: the difficult data on student learning, fixed mindsets, completion rates, equity gaps, affordability issues, lack of workforce readiness, and significant life-and-logistics issues–especially for first-generation and low-income students. But there is hope. Not only is our country (and our world) making real progress, important work is being done by educators, community leaders, and policy makers to make significant strides in how we teach, reach, and engage striving students. In this conversation, we’ll present a framework for the optimistic among us to help this change take shape in the months and years to come, a framework based on (1) embracing equity and the education imperative; (2) learning from timeless truths while leaning in to new learning science and models; and (3) being willing to bring a tough-minded approach to transforming our institutions and systems with new technology, deeper data, enabling policy and creative techniques for improving and expanding our ability to help our students thrive in a “living-learning” world.