At no point have the traditional structures of the education system — from the kindergarten classroom to the SAT — been so primed for renovation. This week, systems leaders from across the United States gathered virtually at the Harvard Graduate School of Education to share ideas and research on how to use this current moment to rethink education — particularly in terms of equitable attainment.
“We have this moment to re-envision what we’re doing with our young people and begin to pivot in directions that make it possible for a much more significant percentage of our young people to be successful, to really lean into the notion of all means all, no child left behind, and every student succeeds,” said Paul Reville, director of the Education Redesign Lab, which sponsored the gathering — the fall convening of the lab's By All Means initiative.
The convening paid close attention to the ways in which inequity has historically manifested in schools. Keynote speaker Susan Dynarksi, professor of public policy, education, and economics at the University of Michigan, focused on understanding and reducing inequality in higher education access.