Switzerland is a great example of a country where companies, government, and education focus on building career pathways in high-growth, high-demand occupational fields where young people can learn skills and earn credentials valued in the labor market.
Cicely Benoit and Aditi Rao are educators at Houston's most innovative school, A+ Unlimited Potential, a small, tuition-free middle school launched last year. Together they are personalizing learning experiences for their students using Edmodo, community field trips, and parental engagement strategies.
If your enterprise has had some success in one or two cities and you're benefiting from (rather than fighting) trends, it may be time to consider a city competition. Rather than writing more proposals, wouldn't it be great to have other people sending you proposals?
There are a dozen strategies for extending the impact of your school or program. Four basic scaling strategies for instructional programs include school operators, school developers, advocacy, and programming.
BASIS is a high touch model that puts a premium on teaching talent and demands sustained leadership around a common conception of aims and means. It's a special place where young people learn to use their minds well.
Great Hearts is a great example of a network of school communities animated by big ideas, powerful relationships, and great teaching. Serving over 9,500 students in 19 Arizona campuses, Great Hearts' goal is to graduate "great-hearted" young men and women who possess a sense of destiny and purpose that is directed to the service of the greater good.
Learning platforms will be foundational to the development and adoption of next-gen learning. Following are core elements of next-gen platforms, how platforms can develop into ecosystems, and investment mechanisms, and example initiatives for philanthropists who want to accelerate progress.
Over 30 years ago Citi CEO Sandy Weill launched the non-profit National Academy Foundation to boost high school graduation and career preparation. The movement has quietly grown to 667 career-focused high school academies serving 81,000 students in 38 states.
Carl Wunsche High School in Texas and Blue Valley Center for Advanced Professional Studies in Kansas, are two next-gen high schools schools redefining the career center.
Early college students have the opportunity to earn college credit, up to a full associates degree with their high school diploma. The innovative opportunity is working at Quest Early College—last year over 70 percent of graduates left with a diploma from Lone Star College as well as Quest.