The Future of Smart: How Our Education System Needs to Change to Help All Young People Thrive by Ulcca Joshi Hansen

Part 3 – Future: Enabling Transformation

7. A Path Forward

  • A year of remote schooling has given us opportunities to imagine what learning might look like beyond the walls of conventional schools. It may also help that standardized tests were either canceled or rendered even more useless. Can we leapfrog forward or settle back to the old status quo? Look to allow students to demonstrate what they know in new ways. Design internships and other activities that take place in the community. Expand autonomy and flexibility for teachers and students. Make HIL models available<./li>
  • It will no doubt help your school move forward if teachers and leaders can see HIL programs in action. Perhaps the most valuable part of this book is the appendix that contains the names and websites of 49 such programs in the US that Ulcca has visited. There are no doubt many more. Start contacting other programs, scour their websites for ideas, and try to hit the road to see one or more up close. The pandemic has given us an excellent chance to reimagine education out of the nineteenth century. What will your school do?

    Ulcca Joshi Hansen

    • Ulcca is Chief Program Officer for Grantmakers for Education, an organization committed to strengthening philanthropy’s capacity to improve education outcomes for all students. She began her career as an elementary teacher in New Jersey. She has a PhD from Oxford University and a JD from Harvard Law School. She has won several prominent awards and is also a proud mother of two. She was born in Tanzania to parents who were from India. They immigrated to New Jersey but sent Ulcca back until she was ready for kindergarten. She was, therefore, an English Language Learner. She spent large pieces of time studying in Botswana, India, Germany, England, France, and the UAE. As an Asian-American, she has personal experience with racism. Follow her on Twitter @Ulcca. You can also check out her website.
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