The Future of Education #1: New Models for 21st Century Learning

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The Future of Education: New Models for 21st Century Learning

The Future of Education is before us. Around the world and here at home, entrepreneurs and educators are redefining education with democratized learning models, custom education pathways, and innovative methods for students to learn 21st century skills. We are entering a new education paradigm - one that is hyper-focused on learning by doing, skill building for a new economy, and accessibility via online and offline community platforms.

On January 23rd, join us for an evening of discussion and engagement with the leaders of tomorrow (and today) who are crafting alternative models for 21st century learning. We’ll hear from entrepreneurs and disruptors who are thinking deeply about how we learn and why we need new and supplemental educational programming to teach valuable skills for a changing global workforce.

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Our guests include:

Kane Sarhan, Co-founder, Enstitute
Enstitute is reintroducing a project-based and apprenticeship-style learning model


Juliette LaMontagne, Founder & Director, Breaker
Breaker is a project-based model focused on design-process learning & social innovation

Brad Hargreaves, Founding Partner,General Assembly
GA is a global network of campuses providing education in technology, business, & design

Abigail Besdin, Head of Education Team, Skillshare
Skillshare is a global learning community encouraging anyone to learn and teach skills


The discussion promises to be engaging and provocative, rewiring your assumptions about the very
nature of education. The session will blend insight from industry experts and group discussion for an interactive evening.

We look forward to having you.

Please contact us with any questions you have.

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This is the first event in a three-part Future of Education series hosted by Be Social Change & the
Centre for Social Innovation. Our next discussions will focus on Innovation within Schools and Education Technology. We invite you to join us for the series. Stay tuned.

 

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  • Medvis J.

    I encourage everyone to check out Listings for Learning on Twitter: https://twitter.com/Listings4L. It is a new capital acquisition model for NYC Schools and educational non-profits. The program is still in beta/pilot stage, but we would still love to connect with you.

    February 17, 2013

  • Rezwan R.

    Reading Clay Shirky on Udacity and MOOCs - http://www.shirky.com/weblog/2012/11/napster-udacity-and-the-academy/ Seems right up the alley of this group. Enjoy!

    February 11, 2013

    • Jennifer S.

      Bill, I would certainly like to know more. How are teachers using these in their instruction in the US? I would like to speak to you about this....Thanks for all of the valuable information.

      February 16, 2013

    • Susan

      I would too...like to know more that is.

      February 16, 2013

  • Bill G.

    Interesting short documentary video "Future Education" from Good Magazine https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=qC_T9ePzANg#!. What do you all think?

    February 16, 2013

  • Mark W. G.

    Thanks again for a helpful Meetup and panel discussion. It would be helpful to talk further on ways to leverage the concepts, products, and design these amazing start ups have to enhance the future of k-12 instructional delivery. There's a lot of crossover that I believe is being missed. Charter schools, specifically, would grab at these opportunities if they were present.

    January 29, 2013

  • Allie M.

    We posted a recap of this event on our Be Social Change blog, make sure to take a look here: http://besocialchange.com/recap-of-the-future-of-education-1-new-models-for-21st-century-learning/

    January 29, 2013

  • Rezwan R.

    In case you hadn't heard, this post from Philanthropy News Digest seemed to fit with the Project Breaker approach. "Lemelson-MIT Program Announces[masked] InvenTeam Initiative to Cultivate High School Student Creativity" "InvenTeams comprised of high school students, teachers, and mentors receive grants of up to $10,000 to invent technological solutions to a problem of their choice. " http://foundationcenter.org/pnd/rfp/rfp_item.jhtml?id=406800036

    1 · January 25, 2013

  • Jesse A.

    I- including others- seem to be looking enthusiastically at alternative methods of education particularly in the sciences and languages- yet one can't help but notice- regardless of the methods being employed here the financial burden seems to be being- shifted on to the backs of the taxpayers- for a public education system- they ostensibly already bought and paid.

    1 · January 24, 2013

    • Rezwan R.

      Yes, I would like to have one of the future events be about financing education. The financial dimension of how education intersects with our economic system.

      1 · January 24, 2013

    • Susan

      Oh yes it do!!! We only spend 3% of our national budget on education. Can you believe that?

      January 25, 2013

  • Susan

    It was very well represented by the panel...but I might have had some "traditional" folks there as well to offer a countervaling opinion as all forms of educational offerings will be needed for all parts of our future.

    January 24, 2013

    • Bill G.

      I think social studies (history and geography of the world and how geograph and events change the world), planning, communication and problem solving skills, basic economics and environmental science are knowledge we need every citizen to have. In other words, higher education is too late. Hopefully we will be discussing this situation next meeting, especially haw we close the gap between those who are learning these theings and those who are not getting it and will cost our society more than we will be able to aford in the future (think Detroit where out of >65,000 students, they managed to graduate 1 (one) prepared to going on to higher education - accordiing to head of public schools in Detroit). It is no wonder that California spends more on prisons than it does on education.

      January 24, 2013

    • Susan

      I couldn't agree with both of you more! I come from a Liberal Arts world where the value of getting an education sufficed in and of itself. We were taught HOW to think so that we could ask, problem solve and research on our own. It's fine to get "training" for a specific job - and that is one kind of education - but learning to think, problem solve and become a citizen (both of the country and of the world) were formerly the domain of our educational system. Please don't even get me started on the achievement gap! Once we have EXPECTATIONS that ALL our children can learn equally well (although some are obviously smarter or more well equipped than others), then they will! Thanks to all for their interest and thought provoking comments.

      1 · January 25, 2013

  • Be Social C.

    Thank you all so much for joining us last night and sharing your insights and passion! In the coming days we will be sending out a recap and resource guide with information on all the panelists and their projects. Stay tuned for more info on The Future of Ed #2 coming in February! We also want to let you know know about our new Google+ page. We are working to create a globally accessible forum where change makers can share resources, connect, consult on projects and ideas, and learn. You'll find 20 subcategories listed -including education :) - through which you can engage on specific topics with the larger Be Social Change community. Find us at: http://bit.ly/VRr3de

    Looking forward to more inspiring conversations both offline and online, The BSC Team

    1 · January 24, 2013

  • Jennifer S.

    Last night's presentation was well done and left me with a lot to think about. As a high school teacher, I know our classrooms can benefit from all of the programs presented, but unfortunately public schools are impeded by all the red tape. The Race to the Top Initiative , in my opinion, has done a disservice to our students. We are focused on test scores and standardization more than ever. Teachers oftentimes fear that they will lose their jobs if students don't "perform", and schools are denied finding if they don't comply. Perhaps there can be a way to present your ideas to the lawmakers in Albany. Many can learn from all of you!

    January 24, 2013

  • Rezwan R.

    Great presentation, discussion and crowd. There was a remark about an 8th grade education that triggered a memory. My Great Granddad got as far as an 8th grade education, and went on to be a successful entrepreneur and inventor, and was hailed as a well spoken, well read and learned man. Perhaps an 8th grade education was better quality in those days. And there's a lot to be said for independent reading. I suspect he would endorse the alternative paths motif.

    January 24, 2013

  • Roger O.

    The discussions were insightful, thought-provoking, and inspirational. Great panelists and effective moderator.

    January 24, 2013

  • Bill G.

    Great presentation. The audience was also fantastic. wish there had been more time to meet more people after the event. Please make sure to post the email addresses, etc. of all the panelists.

    January 23, 2013

  • Bill G.

    I hope this meetup will devote a fair amount of time to the Future of K-8 Education for the masses, especially that part of the masses that are today in the bottom half of the educational achievement spectrum (often children living in poverty or with uninterested or even abusive parents, etc.). Without a solution to this growing problem, what happens for the rest of our education system may not be that relevant from a macro-economic perspective. I believe technology is closing in on ways to close this education gap and hope I will hear something about them tonight.

    January 23, 2013

  • Geert D.

    Network tonight w/ @MarcosSalazar @saritwish Allie Mahler and many others at the meetup.

    We built an easy browse/search page for/with all attendees:
    http://bit.ly/XYmTl2

    Happy networking!
    
-G.

    January 23, 2013

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