The latest issue of Pioneering includes information about the SXSWedu conference in Austin in March. Roger Cook, superintendent of Taylor County Schools, is one of the featured speakers for a panel discussion on abandoning age-based learning. Here is the entry:
REIMAGINE EDUCATION: ABANDONING AGE-BASED LEARNING
Roger Cook (Taylor County Schools) Dr. Marina Walne (EduStart LLC) Stephan Turnipseed (formerly LEGO Education North America)
Our education system is fundamentally stagnant and it is time that it is overhauled. The aged-based education structure worked well for most of the 20th century, but it has now run its course and will leave students ill prepared for the careers of the future. To improve the outlook for students, we must put them first and move towards a mastery system, where students graduate when they demonstrate a deep knowledge of the subject matter. Join this panel discussion to learn how school systems can implement a “learner-centered paradigm” where students complete day to day tasks at their own pace until they have mastered the curriculum, ensuring they are prepared with a Network Age education.
Those of you planning on being at the conference should plan to attend this presentation. With both Stephan Turnipseed and Roger Cook at the table it promises to be a lively and informative session.