Pivot Learning Partners Design Cycle: A Tool for Change

For educators to succeed in the new world of 21st Century Learning and its Common Core Standards, we believe the most promising approach is to adapt some of the design processes that are common in the private sector. This working paper explores the idea of “design thinking” and its use as a way for educators to systematize innovation.

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Change Design for 21st Century Leaders

“The creation of a public education system aspires to educate all of this nation’s children is a great achievement.Yet today this bedrock American institution is at risk. The system continually falls short of its aspiration, and the achievement gap, the dropout rate, chronic absenteeism, low morale among teachers, the sense of disconnection between schools and communities are evidence of some of the ways the system falls short of its goals. But the public education system is at risk today less because of its performance than for two other reasons.”

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