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Legislation and parental demand have pushed theUnited Stateseducation system to evolve and have challenged traditional educational models. The advancement of virtual educational software and universal student access to information is challenging every type of school (co-op, home school, district, charter, private) to rethink how students learn and how curricula is delivered. Blended learning in all types of schools has created an opportunity for every student to have an individualized learning path based upon his or her academic levels, and has opened the door for transparency and accountability between schools and families.
We are very pleased to bring you our 17th Edition of the Philadelphia Social Innovations Journal (PSIJ) titled “New School Designs and Innovative Educational Models” in partnership with The School District of Philadelphia, Clayton Christensen Institute for Disruptive Innovation, the International Association for K-12 Online Learning, Bravo Group and Public Health Fund. In this edition PSIJ takes a closer look at new school designs in education along with programmatic, philosophical and policy challenges and opportunities that come along with new innovations in education. You will hear from national and regional education and social sector innovators, leaders and policy makers who write about the regional and national landscape of, and appetite for, new school design and innovative educational models to improve academic outcomes for Pennsylvaniachildren and beyond.
On Tuesday, April 1, 2014, national and regional education, social sector leaders and policy makers will come together in Philadelphia to discuss the regional and national landscape of and appetite for new school design and innovative educational models.
Agenda at a Glance
8:00 – 9:00 AM
Registration & Networking Breakfast
9:00 – 9:25 AM
Nicholas Torres and Tine Hansen-Turton, PSIJ
Paul Kihn, Philadelphia School District
9:25 – 10:25 AM
Keynote Address by National and State Experts
Susan Patrick, International Association for K-12 Online Learning
Michael Horn, Clayton Christensen Institute
10:25 – 11:15 AM
What Policy or Systems Change is Needed to Scale Innovative/Effective School Design Models?
What will ultimately improve education for Pennsylvania students? (Live polling will occur during the Panels)
• More money (Philanthropic, Private Sector or Government)
• New policy
• Better public school designs effectively implemented
• Parent engagement/advocacy/influence
• Public accountability (closing low performing schools) + public policy
New School Designs and Innovative Educational Models
Tine Hansen-Turton, PSIJ – Facilitator
Scott Gordon, Turn Around Schools: Mastery Schools
Nicholas Torres, Cyber School with Blended Learning: Education Plus Academy
Laura Shubilla, Build21
Barbara Kurshan, UPENN GSE
Kevin Dellicker, PA Hybrid Learning Consortium
Paul Kihn, Philadelphia School District - Commentary
11:15 AM – 12:00 PM
Policy and/or Public Engagement Approaches to Innovation
David Lapp, Education Law Center
Helen Gym, Parents United for Public Education
Feather Houstoun, School Reform Commission
Jeanne Allen, The Center for Educational Reform
Tine Hansen-Turton, PSIJ – Commentary
About the Partners
Philadelphia Social Innovations Journal (PSIJ) is the first regional publication in theU.S.dedicated to social innovators and innovations. The mission of PSIJ is to focus on leaders who have demonstrated an exceptional capacity to recognize social community-based problems and apply entrepreneurial principles to organize, create, and manage high-impact social change locally, regionally and beyond. The volunteer-leveraged Journal, with strategic advice from the regional foundations, is published quarterly and is distributed free of charge. PSIJ is supported by a Journal advisory board, including the United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey, The Philadelphia Foundation, Scattergood Foundation, Public Health Foundation, Public Health Management Corporation, Independence Blue Cross Foundation, Green Tree Community Health Foundation, Independence Foundation, St. Christopher's Foundation for Children, Inglis Foundation, Barra Foundation, Knight Foundation, Bank of America, The Patricia Kind Family Foundation, Wells Fargo, Sage Communications, NFP Lincoln Benefits Group, William Penn Foundation and the University of Pennsylvania. All content is available on the website at www.philasocialinnovations.org.
The School District of Philadelphia is the eighth-largest school district in the nation and educates more than 135,00 students in 212 schools. Established in 1818, the School District is located in a historically-and culturally-rich community with a passionate commitment to education. The mission of the School District of Philadelphia is to provide a high-quality education that empowers all students to become lifelong learners and productive members of society, guided by high-performing educators and administrators. District schools aspire to offer a rigorous course of study in traditional neighborhood settings, career academies, magnet and specialty programs.
The Clayton Christensen Institute for Disruptive Innovation is a nonprofit, nonpartisan think tank dedicated to improving the world through disruptive innovation. Founded on the theories of Harvard professor Clayton M. Christensen, the Institute offers a unique framework for understanding many of society’s most pressing problems. Our mission is ambitious but clear: work to shape and elevate the conversation surrounding these issues through rigorous research and public outreach. With an initial focus on education and health care, the Christensen Institute is redefining the way policymakers, community leaders, and innovators address the problems of our day by distilling and promoting the transformational power of disruptive innovation. The Christensen Institute is based in the San Francisco Bay Area inCalifornia.
International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL) is a non-profit organization focused on research; developing policy for student-centered education to ensure equity and access; developing quality standards for emerging learning models using online, blended, and competency-based education; and supporting the ongoing professional development of classroom, school, district and state leaders for new learning models.
The Bravo Group is a prominent lobbying and communications consulting firm. The education team at Bravo Group has deep experience working with alternative education, new learning technologies, charter schools, intermediate units, higher education funding and private companies serving educational entities.