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THE INSURGENT: A GREAT WHITE IN A BLUE OCEAN Streamlined body allows it to move with deadly efficiency Cartilaginous skeleton gives it unmatched flexibility Heightened senses and receptors allow it to identify and locate even the faintest of opportunities Powerful muscles combined with rows of razor-sharp teeth mean this insurgent has the resources to turn this Blue Ocean RED
THE INSURGENT: How It Works Low Cost Better Student Experience Ability to track the progress of students Numerous students from different parts of the state may be logged in at one time and taught by the same teacher. Multiple Languages Offered
THE INSURGENT: What Is Required Network Effects Students Internet, Computer, Headset Qualified Teacher
A bit of good news: There are some barriers to entry that the insurgent must overcome... Being a public institution funded by taxpayer dollars acts as a safety net, driving parents toward the system for which they already pay while discouraging predators The natural barriers created by time Combined with misperceptions of the effectiveness of old technology Perpetuate the life of a fragile and outdated ecosystem However, the insurgents will come, and we must ask ourselves:
AS THE INCUMBENT, HOW DO WE SURVIVE? The way defined by the Laws of Nature: ADAPTATION Unfortunately, years of absence of any real threat has allowed us to become: oversized, slow, set in our ways, and equipped with inefficient appendages. CA Dept of Education
TRIMMING THE FAT TO BUILD A LEANER DOE The DOE’s budget issues have caused: mass pink slips, school closures, furlough days, and impacted class sizes. This blood in the water has attracted the sharks
TRIMMING THE FAT TO BUILD A LEANER DOE Complicating the issue: The power – both economic & emotional – of the Teachers’ Union. How does the DOE meet budget constraints AND avoid a strike... or worse?
HIGH-SPEED EVOLUTION: STEPS TO SURVIVAL 1) INTRODUCE THE SOLUTION AND BE UP FRONT WITH THE TRADEOFFS Today’s technology allows a foreign language lesson to be broadcast into multiple classrooms The benefits are two-fold: we remain competitive in our language offerings, and we rein in the budget The reduction in headcount, while unfortunate, prevents the need for across-the-board cuts (which have led to strikes). Also, this reduction will preserve future jobs by effectively addressing the current threat
HIGH-SPEED EVOLUTION: SOLUTION TO SURVIVAL 2) GET THE UNION IN ON THE LONG VIEW. THEY NEED TO KNOW THAT THE SQUEEZE THEY FEEL NOW IS BUILDING TOWARD A CRUSH Parents increasingly spend $$ to address public education gaps Frustrated, parents look outside the system The insurgents capitalize, and draw masses of students out of the system The rise of the for-profit model further drains the public education coffers, and the decline worsens