The World of Education…..a Glimpse to the Future
At the 2016 National School Boards Association (NSBA) Annual Conference in Boston, DLR Group orchestrated a group conversation on a topic that is on everyone’s mind, “What does the future of education look like?” Our K-12 experts set the table for the conversation by briefly talking about the history of education and the pattern of interrupters that have caused the system to shift slightly over the years. Most of the shifts have been related to access of education to the masses as well as population growth.
Armed with Post-It notes and markers, school board members and administrators reflectively documented innovative things that are currently happening in their own districts. The small group sharing may have been one of the most exhilarating parts of the session. The energy in the room was palpable and the buzz was contagious……attendees were excited to learn from and share with their neighbors.
The collective share out from those small group conversations unleashed the best of the best. Through this exercise, we learned of numerous innovative initiatives happening around the country. There were a few categorical themes that rose to the top throughout the conversation: Time; Partnerships; Skills; and Engagement. Specific innovations included after-hours access to Wi-Fi equipped busses, rich community-based partnerships, video gaming-themed programs and a meaningful extension of school hours, to name a few. The sense of excitement was matched with an under-current of urgency for attendees to continue to innovate in their own communities.
As experts in the industry, DLR Group is constantly charged with charting the course for the future of our districts and our communities. The bold steps that need to be taken cannot be pushed off for the next group of school district leadership. Each and every one of us, in our own personal ways, must act courageously to push through the current set of challenges in the world of education in order to ensure a brighter future for all learners. We must set strategic directives and policies that encourage an individualized education that thrives within the boundaries of our ever-changing community systems.
The think-tank mentality that came from this session is a great example of how we can collectively move the educational needle in the right direction for each and every district around the country. I'd love to hear about the innovative things you are doing in your district today.