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Aurora Institute Calls on Federal and State Education Policymakers to Transform K-12 Education

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Aurora Institute Calls on Federal and State Education Policymakers to Transform K-12 Education

Aurora Institute Calls on Federal and State Education Policymakers to Transform K-12 Education

PR Newswire

WASHINGTON, April 9, 2020

WASHINGTON, April 9, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- With a goal to ensure our nation's education system is fit for purpose; oriented for anytime, anywhere learning; and better able to prepare students for the future, the Aurora Institute (@Aurora_Inst) today announced its broad-based education policy agenda in Future-Focused State Policy Actions to Transform K-12 Education and Federal Policy Priorities to Accelerate Education Innovation.

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The Aurora Institute developed the federal and state policy priorities with the support of more than 8,500 educators in its community. Guided by values of educational equity and future-readiness for all learners, the agenda is a set of 15 recommendations to make the nation's education system fit for purpose, including a special recommendation to ensure continuity of learning—made particularly relevant by the current COVID-19 school closures.

Taken together, the policy priorities challenge lawmakers and education decision-makers to wield their influence and take advantage of existing opportunities to disrupt the traditional one-size-fits-all model of K-12 teaching and learning and unleash learning from the confines of place and time. The federal Every Student Succeeds Act, Innovative Assessment Demonstration pilot program, Perkins V, along with a slate of state policy and practice opportunities, each contain levers to move our education system from what it is to what it could be.

"Our current crisis demonstrates that the nation's outdated approach to teaching and learning in K-12 education is no longer the right tool for the task of ensuring each child graduates and has the requisite skills for lifelong learning, critical thinking, problem-solving, communication, collaboration, and creativity," said Susan Patrick, Aurora Institute president and CEO (@SusanDPatrick). "These briefs point to key issues needed to transform the structure, culture, and practices to expand access and opportunity and address gaps. We hope to work with policymakers to create the necessary conditions for change."

Policymakers at all levels are encouraged to contact the Aurora Institute Center for Policy for more information or assistance.

About Aurora Institute

Aurora's mission is to drive the transformation of education systems and accelerate the advancement of breakthrough policies and practices to ensure high-quality learning for all. Aurora is shaping the future of teaching and learning for more than 14 million students through its work in policy advocacy, research, and field-building/convening. We work on systems change in K-12 education, identify root causes in structures, promote best practices, examine policy barriers, and make recommendations for change.


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