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The Education Toolkit

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Introduction

A quick users guide to the toolkit.

yes. framework.

Good policy framework.

yes. opportunity.

Learning opportunities for families.

yes. students.

Student-centered education.

yes. funding.

Modern education funding.

yes. preparation.

Preparing students for life.

Thoughts on education:
An open letter from our Board Chair.

Tapping into that unique combination of qualities is the secret to unlocking the extraordinary potential that exists within all of us.

Moving away from a “one-size-fits-all” approach to one that enables every person to capitalize on their unique skills and interests to succeed in life by creating value for themselves and others.

Helping students discover, develop, and apply their innate gifts in ways that maximize their ability to contribute to society requires an individualized approach. Thus, 21st century learning can no longer bea one-way lecture from a teacher to a student. Nor should it be a rigid trajectory programmed to steer students from elementary school to college to work. Today’s educators must equip students of all ages and stages of life with the resources and guidance they need to forge their own path of discovery and development.

This personalized approach to learning, which exposes students to a wide variety of experiences and educational methods, lies at the heart of transformative education – that is, education that empowers individuals to realize their unique potential. Ensuring that all students have access to a high-quality education that is best suited to them will require a culture change: moving away from a “one-size-fits-all” approach to one that enables every person to capitalize on their unique skills and interests to succeed in life by creating value for themselves and others. We hope this policy toolkit will provide some ideas that inspire you to create a friendly environment for that new system. We stand ready to assist anyone who shares this vision.

—Meredith Olson

How to get the most out of
this education toolkit.

Tapping into that unique combination of qualities is the secret to unlocking the extraordinary potential that exists within all of us.

Moving away from a
“one-size-fits-all” approach to one that enables every person to capitalize on their unique skills and interests to succeed in life by creating value for themselves and others.

Helping students discover, develop, and apply their innate gifts in ways that maximize their ability to contribute to society requires an individualized approach. Thus, 21st century learning can no longer bea one-way lecture from a teacher to a student. Nor should it be a rigid trajectory programmed to steer students from elementary school to college to work. Today’s educators must equip students of all ages and stages of life with the resources and guidance they need to forge their own path of discovery and development.

This personalized approach to learning, which exposes students to a wide variety of experiences and educational methods, lies at the heart of transformative education – that is, education that empowers individuals to realize their unique potential. Ensuring that all students have access to a high-quality education that is best suited to them will require a culture change: moving away from a “one-size-fits-all” approach to one that enables every person to capitalize on their unique skills and interests to succeed in life by creating value for themselves and others. We hope this policy toolkit will provide some ideas that inspire you to create a friendly environment for that new system. We stand ready to assist anyone who shares this vision.

—Meredith Olson