3 Ways to Transform Education and Prepare Students for Future Workforce Needs

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by Stephan Turnipseed ‎Executive Vice President, Chief Strategy Officer and Thought Leader, Destination Imagination @TurnipseedTalks  By now, it should come as no surprise that today’s incredibly fast-paced, hyper-connected digital economy is changing the way we learn, work, live and play. According to Ray Kurzweil, one of the world’s leading inventors, thinkers, and futurists, progress in ...
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Time for a Look Back

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Progress on Five Key Principles for a New Learning Ecosystem by Jim Rickabaugh, Director As we approach the sixth anniversary of the Institute for Personalized Learning and our personalized learning transformation work, it seems like a good time to pause and reflect on some key areas of progress. The work is by no means finished, but much has been accomplished and deserves recognition and cele...
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Scouts, Pioneers and Settlers: The Wild, Wild West of Personalized Learning

Wild West of Personalized Learning
Watching the growth and spread of personalized learning in Southeastern Wisconsin has been an amazing experience. In less than five years the movement has grown from an urgent call to action with a vision of redesigning education around the learner to a strong and growing movement transforming the practices of almost a thousand educators and the more than 14,000 learners whose lives they touch. ...
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Positioning for Growth and Innovation: Finding the Sweet Spot

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We live in times where society presses us toward near constant growth and begs for meaningful innovation. As education practitioners and leaders, it is up to us to take up this challenge and show the way forward in our areas of passion and expertise. It is increasingly clear that if we hope to create and shape the learning environments today’s learners need and deserve, we must be willing to do th...
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Tilting at Windmills or Real Work with Real People?

Tilting at Windmills
by Jim Rickabaugh, Director I have been honored to be a part of this work in CESA 1 from the beginning. However, I was taken aback recently during a conversation with a principal who is involved in the Personalized Learning Initiative. He asked if in doing this work I ever felt like the literary character, Don Quixote who fought windmills and engaged in other quests in pursuit of a seemingly im...
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