I continue to reflect on the potential of the National Ed Tech Plan (#natedtechplan) which, I think, represents the U.S. Department of Education’s best work. Karen Cator, Director of the Office of Educational Technology, got it right in my opinion. Here’s why:
1) the plan was “fueled” by a technical advisory committee with multiple stakeholder perspectives from the grassroots to the clouds.
2) The plan represents a mix of qualitative and quantitative research, including the voices of educators, parents, business community members, taxpayers, and technologists.
4) The feedback received from constituents is visibly transparent- every comment received is published within the draft sections available on the web.
5) This plan represents a radical vision for contemporary learners and learning for now and into the future (p.11)
6) The authors were willing to go out on a limb and address the critical educational needs facing our nation.
7) The plan squarely landed on the side of next generation authentic and performance-based assessments, universal design for learning, contemporary life and workforce skill development, connected teaching, the 21st century learner and so on.
No plan that represents the range of perspectives of this nation will ever please every stakeholder. However, I think this plan gets pretty close to ensuring our national security, economic future, and democratic way of life through a blueprint for a strong and viable educational system.
This plan was designed to personalize and differentiate learning for all. I’d like Secretary Duncan to recast it as the National Educational Learning Plan and use this plan as the core vision for the reauthorization of ESEA.