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Transforming Education into a Learning System

Perspectives and recommendations for action

EducationCounsel and Carnegie Corporation of New York are working to address a critical question of how to accelerate a shift from our current educational system to a new learning system.

The ambitious vision for what is possible is outlined in this Executive Summary of a forthcoming paper, to be released in late spring 2020, along with starting points for making this shift. Executing on these ideas will require comprehensive plans that, among other things, enumerate specific actions, clarify roles, and identify needed resources.

Apart from any specific course of action, the paper seeks to begin the work of aligning four key drivers — human capacity, resources, leadership, and policy and incentives. The common objective is to understand what such a learning system should look and feel like, recognize the challenges and gaps in the current system, and take steps to advance the cause of a learning system that functions at all levels.


The forthcoming paper, which will be posted here once available, follows a February 2019 paper, Transforming the Education Sector into a Learning System: Harnessing the Power of Continuous Improvement, Research & Development, and Data to Improve Outcomes for Each and Every Child, which proposes a vision and framework for what conditions would be required to create a robust learning system in education, including research and development, continuous improvement, and data infrastructures.