During our #AskExcelinEd Summer Learning series, you’ll get to know some of ExcelinEd’s team as they share what they are learning over the summer. Remember to join us on social media to ask your burning policy questions. Enjoy!
Policy Director for Personalized Learning
This summer, I have been looking at the various ways innovation is defined and the many ways the word is used or framed. Simultaneously, I have been reflecting on our nation’s journey toward education reform. Both of these efforts have led me to one conclusion—we all need greater humility.
Phone Call over Text
Coffee over Tea
My Recommended News Clips
- Beware the Iconography Trap of Personalized Learning: Rigor Matters – CRPE
- Stone Soup and School Reform – Education Week
- Don’t let personalized learning become the processed food of education – Thomas B. Fordham Institute
What Inspires Me
I’ve been reviewing the Christensen Institute’s Theory of Disruptive Innovation and the Jobs to Be Done framework.
What’s Next for Personalized Learning
As interest in new learning models and innovation continues to increase, the education reform community will have to determine a pathway forward. This excerpt from the Christensen Institute’s resource, The State Innovator’s Toolkit: A guide to successfully managing innovation under ESSA, explores what states must do to drive innovation:
My Favorite Quote
“This scaling-up of innovation has proved so difficult because the management and change processes we use in public education tend to reflect industrial-age thinking and methodologies. Even the verbs we use–to ‘implement,’ ‘adopt,’ ‘scale up’–imply a set of practices that have more to do with instruction-following than agency- and purpose-building. For agency-driven, personal efficacy-building, next gen forms of learning to advance broadly, the change processes we use to make that happen must reflect those same core tenets.”
ExcelinEd Resource Highlight
The blog post Personalized learning and accountability: From transition to transformation by our CEO Patricia Levesque is one of my favorite ExcelinEd resources. This was the first time we publicly acknowledged the tension between traditional reform policies and innovation. In particular, I loved the last sentence.
About the author
Karla is Policy Director for Next Generation Learning at ExcelinEd. Previously, she served as Special Assistant to the Deputy Superintendent of Policy and Programs at the Arizona Department of Education. Karla also served as the Education Policy Advisor for Governor Brewer and as the Vice-Chair of Arizona’s Developmental Disabilities Planning Council. Her experience includes serving as Director of State Government Relations for Arizona State University (ASU) and as a senior policy advisor for Arizona’s House of Representatives. Karla received her B.A. from Indiana University and an M.P.A from Arizona State University.