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November 15, 2023 | Tom Ballard

Report spotlights connected learning ecosystems

Two of the 13 programs cited are in neighboring states.

No discussion of the workforce occurs without some mention of K-12 education and the critically important role of building connected learning ecosystems that are linked to communities.

Recently, the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching commissioned a report report from Education Reimagined and History Co:Lab to explore what it may take to catalyze, instantiate, and improve new models of K–12 learning at scale across the nation. Titled “Ecosystems for the Future of Learning,” the report spotlights programs in two neighboring states.

  • The Kentucky Innovative Learning Network (KY ILN) is a collaboration between local school districts and the Kentucky Department of Education. Its aim is to create a system of equitable, learner-centered, collaborative, and authentic learning opportunities by sharing innovative educational strategies. The initiative shifts the focus of the conversation about learning, assessment, and accountability from state and federal systems to the local level.
  • SparkNC presents a new model of education that is focused on expanding pathways to high-tech fields, an area where there is a growing demand for skilled workers. The program provides learners with the opportunity to explore high-tech fields while earning high school credit through a unique multi-district collaboration that is learner-centered, industry-relevant, and competency-based.

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