Leadership for Education Innovation

How do we improve high school graduation rates while making sure students are ready for college? For an answer, read a recent blog published in Education Week by the Corporation’s Michele Cahill, Vice President, National Program, and Program Director, Urban Education. Cahill writes, “We need to ask, as rigorously as we can, what it will take to get to 90% graduation rates with college readiness in the coming decade. “

Among Cahill's strategies: “I have come to see that an ecosystem for learning is essential; moreover, design thinking is essential for creating this ecosystem and for enabling it to work at scale. An ecosystem draws in energy and contributions from a broad base of leadership, including educators, advocates, policy makers, philanthropy, government and civic voices. To be effective, their efforts must be rooted in common design principles that guide them in creating good secondary schools that significantly improve life chances.” 

Read the Edweek blog here, and watch a video featuring Cahill interviewed by Tom Vander Ark, CEO of Getting Smart, an education advocacy firm.