Seven Keys to Education Reform

January 13, 2012 at 2:36 PM 3 comments

This brief explores key levers of change to eliminate the data limitations, institutional myopia, bureaucratization, and mismatch between mission and incentives that interfere with sustainable reform of elementary and secondary education in the US.

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Seven Keys to Education Reform

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Education reform is among the highest priorities in the nation. At the heart of the problem is a system that suffers from data limitations, institutional myopia, bureaucratization, and a mismatch between mission and incentives. The toxic culture that is a product of this environment obscures the vision for 21st century educational excellence. Restoration of the vitality of existing institutions is a crucial building block for the future.

The enclosed document, Seven Keys to Education Reform, offers insight into strategic adjustments to the levers of change for sustainable improvements in the U.S. education system. Predicated on system reform, this no-fault approach calls for an end to the search for culprits among educators. Rather than pursue divisive policies, the Seven Keys remove obstacles to professional growth and collaboration while providing an infrastructure that quietly functions in the background, no longer distracting teachers and instructional leaders from their core mission of educating children.

We appreciate your consideration of this point of view and welcome comments.


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  • 1. theresavitale  |  October 13, 2012 at 11:03 PM

    Education reform as addressed in the above pdf does indeed need to be reevaluated and fully reinvented at both the state and federal levels. The blame game does need to end in order to think about who is really suffering due to this negligence, the teachers and the students. By revamping budgets, and offering incentive and evaluation based pay opportunities and more teacher mobility the quality education children get with be exponentially more beneficial to everyone. I find that one of the main reasons children don’t enjoy school is due to unmotivated, comfortable, and uninnovative teachers. By offering pay incentives and progressive evaluation strategies rather then simple standardized test scores we can cut out teachers beating the system and slipping through the cracks and replace them with fresh, young and passionate educators desperate to pursue change. The greatest reform must take place in the classroom itself.

    • 2. schoolsretooled  |  October 14, 2012 at 6:19 PM

      I hold firm to my belief in no-fault solutions. We are too quick to presume we know who’s guilty or causing problems…and our solutions must transcend individuals at any point in time.

  • […] the infrastructure thing, I harken back to my prescription for a functional machine outlined in Seven Keys to Education Reform. Since publication in 2011, it has grown in relevance as the dialogue on education reform has […]


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