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  • Discuss history and evolution of project: Focus on hot button topics; national to local to national focus; threads all lead back to one pivotal question: what do we want to produce today with our 21st Century needs and tools? We have inherited a system that no longer meets important needs and, by many accounts, is holding us back.
  • David Gamson, Associate Professor at Penn State: We have inherited an education system from six relatively distinct waves of education reform, each evolving in response to the particular needs and concerns of each era.
  • After the American Revolution, how do we create new citizens?
  • Common Elements of Progressive Era School DistrictsStrong local leaders who pragmatically combined both administrative and pedagogical reformsAppeal to different community groups and goals: creativity and efficiencyCommunity and school board supportInnovation and sufficient resources importantTeacher involvement in curriculum development and implementation
  • What do we do with complexity? Let’s manage and control it.
  • 1950s—Critiques of Progressive Education & ReactionsArthurBestor, Educational Wastelands, 1953Rudolf F. Flesch, Why Johnny Can’t Read—and what you can do about it, 1955Life Magazine, 1958In addition to desegregation—an oddly simultaneous reform push was going on (or was excellence push perhaps a reaction to desegregation—wanted schools to focus on high quality not equality)
  • Nora Gordon, Georgetown University Professor: What will our education system need to prepare people for? The aging of the baby boomers, resulting in a “bulge” of the elderly from 2020 to 2050, with a corresponding rise in geriatric health care needs and a decline in the ratio of working to non-working adults. The US will be a majority-minority nation by 2042.Increase in income-segregated neighborhoodsMost two-parent families are white and over half of black children live with a single mother. It is not clear if the increase is due to different reporting or genuine growth.
  • Convergence

    1. 1. www.convergencepolicy.org
    2. 2. Deep Divisions and Partisan Gridlock Stand in the Way of Progress www.convergencepolicy.org
    3. 3. Our Mission We convene people and groups with conflicting views to build trust, identify solutions, and form alliances for action on critical national issues. www.convergencepolicy.org
    4. 4. What Makes Us Unique  Pro-active  Employ a proven process that brings conflict resolution best practices to public policy  Create a safe space for deeper conversation and trust building  Focus on engaging diverse and influential stakeholder groups  Facilitate processes beyond talk to create unlikely alliances for action  Generate leverage for stakeholders by unifying efforts on shared interests www.convergencepolicy.org 4
    5. 5. Board of Trustees Maja Ramsey, RockRose Institute Dave Lipsky, Scheinman Institute on Conflict Resolution, Cornell University Bill Belding School of International Service, American University Louise Phipps Senft Baltimore Mediation John Jacob Akin Gump Kelly Johnston Campbell Soup Company Jessica Dibb Inspiration Community, Inc. Rich Alper Attorney/Mediator Stuart Butler The Heritage Foundation Rich Korn, Korn Consulting Group www.convergencepolicy.org
    6. 6. Leadership Council And growing! www.convergencepolicy.org 6
    7. 7. Our Projects U.S.-Pakistan Leaders Forum Project on Nutrition and Wellness Long-Term Care Financing Collaborative Re-imagining Education Project www.convergencepolicy.org
    8. 8. Principles Guiding Our Work National issues can be addressed through public policy and private sector action By working together, diverse and divergent interests groups (stakeholders) can create breakthrough solutions No one group or individual has all the answers The creative tension among those who disagree can generate breakthrough ideas Relationships and trust are essential to changing the environment from win-lose negotiation strategies to achieving higher order, win-win solutions By pooling knowledge and resources, unlikely stakeholder coalitions create leverage to achieve not-otherwise possible results www.convergencepolicy.org
    9. 9. Theory of Change Focus on key stakeholders • • • • • Influential Positions across the spectrum Deeply affected by outcomes In it for long haul Possible alignment of interests Creates possibility for breakthroughs Deliberate (but flexible) process design • • • • • • Dialogue at the center Collaborative setting Reinforces civility Concentric circles of engagement Active facilitation Experiencing a different way of working together Creates the environment for problem solving www.convergencepolicy.org Enabling deep engagement • • • • Safe space Quality of conversation Centering on values not positions Deep relationship building Creates opportunity for transformative ideas
    10. 10. Our Process Dialogue Leading to Action Assessment 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Identify an issue Map the players and positions Frame the issue Build trust and agreement Create alliances for action A national issue where division or the failure to pool knowledge stands in the way of progress. Conduct extensive research and interviews to map the key players, their positions, and their underlying interests. Identify a unique framing that will encourage diverse stakeholders to come to the table. Organize stakeholders for a sustained and professionally facilitated dialogue that builds trust and relationships, clarifies differences, and surfaces areas for cooperation. www.convergencepolicy.org Stakeholders develop a shared action plan to implement the solutions they recommend.
    11. 11. The Essential Phase: Assessment Research Identify key stakeholders Barriers to progress Adversarial positions Outreach / Interviews Milestones Gather intelligence and information Stakeholder map Build trust; establish neutrality Framing of the issue Generate interest in collaboration Possible areas of common ground Paint a picture of possibilities Framing hypothesis Hypothesis test issue frames Core stakeholder participant group Potential funders Transfer knowledge Funding Gauge potential for participation www.convergencepolicy.org
    12. 12. Framing the Issue ENTER BULLETS THAT DESCRIBE HOW TO BUILD A FRAME or WHAT ARE THE KEY QUESTIONS WE CONSIDER www.convergencepolicy.org
    13. 13. Current Projects  Project on Nutrition and Wellness  K-12 Education Project  Financing Long Term Care  U.S.-Pakistan Leaders Forum www.convergencepolicy.org 13
    14. 14. Project on Nutrition and Wellness PROJECT UPDATE www.convergencepolicy.org
    15. 15. What is at Stake  Approximately 35.7% of adults and 17% of children and adolescents in America are obese; many more are overweight.  An estimated 79 million Americans are pre-diabetic with 1.2 million new diagnoses each year.  Type 2 diabetes, once believed to affect only adults, is increasingly being diagnosed among young people.  Obesity, diabetes and other nutrition-related health outcomes cost the U.S. an estimated $190 billion a year in medical expenditures, $4.3 billion in business losses, and pose a threat to our nation’s future. www.convergencepolicy.org
    16. 16. The Problem and the Opportunity      The major interests work in silos. There is miscommunication. They have seemingly irreconcilable interests. Public health can’t solve this alone. Insurers, employers, and other businesses have a bottom line interest in helping. PNW brings together the different sectors to create a new dynamic in the marketplace that will increase consumer demand for healthier diets. www.convergencepolicy.org
    17. 17. Project Vision and Mission We envision a transformed culture of eating where accessible, affordable and healthful dietary choices bring enjoyment, improved health and vitality for all Americans. To realize this vision, PNW will create cross-sector collaboration that catalyzes and accelerates a shift in consumer demand. www.convergencepolicy.org
    18. 18. Accomplishments to Date Unifying frame of the issue How to increase consumer demand for healthier diets – a unifying framework developed over 125+ interviews with stakeholders and experts. Organized key stakeholders We have brought together over 40 stakeholders with national profiles, representing diverse fields and interests. They are committed to this project’s success. Building trust and agreement Our meetings focus on building trust and relationships among participants so that they are able to see that cooperation is both possible and desirable. www.convergencepolicy.org Developing common knowledge Developing a common level of understanding and knowledge about the barriers to cooperation and surfacing promising areas for cooperation.
    19. 19. Over 40 Stakeholders Including… Food Industry Community and Civic Groups Insurers And many more! Health and Medicine Academics, Experts, and Foundations
    20. 20. Stakeholder Reflections “The gathering was impressive and it’s clear the participants are geared toward real solutions. We applaud you for bringing together such a diverse and focused group.” ~Public Interest Advocate “The dialogue was, indeed, open and honest and much progress was made since last July's meeting. I am excited to report the highlights to my manager and VP.” ~Food Retailer “I personally found the meeting extremely valuable. It afforded me a number of new insights and new ways to think about engaging with others.” ~Food Industry Leader “…You delivered a provoking and helpful conversation that holds promise for changing the landscape of the food and health market.” ~Foundation Leader www.convergencepolicy.org
    21. 21. Levels of Outcomes Align financial incentives for producing, marketing, and consuming healthier foods Collaborative activities among actors in many sectors Partnerships among participating organizations Trust and understanding www.convergencepolicy.org
    22. 22. Project on Re-Imagining PK-12 Education www.convergencepolicy.org
    23. 23. K-12 Education Project  Engaging teachers’ union leaders, technology companies, school reformers, educators, parents and community groups, administrators and policy makers.  To re-imagine a 21st century education system that works for children, parents, teachers, and the society at large. www.convergencepolicy.org 23
    24. 24. The End Game Create systemic and sustainable solutions to urgent challenges facing PreK-12 education in the United States. www.convergencepolicy.org 24
    25. 25. Accomplishments to Date Unifying frame of the issue What do we want our education system to produce today, with our 21st century needs and tools? Developed over 125+ interviews with stakeholders and experts. Organized key stakeholders We have brought together over 40 stakeholders with national profiles, representing diverse fields and interests. They are committed to this project’s success. Building trust and agreement Our meetings focus on building trust and relationships among participants so that they are able to see that cooperation is both possible and desirable. www.convergencepolicy.org Cultivating space for re-imagining Next retreat will be process-oriented to help participants surface hidden assumptions about our system and what we have inherited, and begin to explore new possibilities.
    26. 26. Potential Questions to Explore Under Frame In what ways are students now learning? What might a day, week and year in a student’s life look like as we consider models that go beyond the walls of school buildings? What constitutes student success? School success? What would we measure? How can technology transform how students learn and what teachers are able to accomplish? In the context of this new vision, how do we prepare, identify, and retain great school leadership? How do we attract and retain the most talented teachers? How do we support their continuing development and bring out their highest and best contribution? And how do we fairly evaluate their performance to ensure accountability? How do we create a collaborative school culture? How do we create an environment that harvests a child’s intrinsic motivation to learn? www.convergencepolicy.org
    27. 27. www.convergencepolicy.org
    28. 28. The Stakeholders Students School Support and Venders Parents School and District Employees Outside Perspectives Unions Businesses and Universities Policy Makers & Advocates Teacher Training Out of School Support Innovators www.convergencepolicy.org 28
    29. 29. Historical Eras of U.S. Education I. The Puritans, 1630-1700s II. The American Revolution and creating schools in the new republic, 1770s-1820s III. Common School Reform Era, 1820s-1860s IV. The Progressive Era, 1890s-1940s V. The Civil Rights Movement, 1950s- 1970s (and Excellence Movement 1950s-) VI. Current Wave of Reform, 1983www.convergencepolicy.org 29
    30. 30. For Example: The Puritans, 1630-1700s  Viewed Children as Sinful and Depraved  Worried about Mortality Rates, Weakening Family Role, and Juvenile Delinquency  Education for Salvation www.convergencepolicy.org 30
    31. 31. Challenges for the New Republic  How to create new     citizens? What materials should students read? Who should be educated? How to balance order and liberty? How to educate a diverse population? www.convergencepolicy.org 31
    32. 32. Common School Reform Agenda  Get children into school  Increase the length of the school year  Consolidate rural districts into town systems  Develop mechanisms for state supervision and regulation  Improve efficiency and teacher quality  Create uniform textbooks, curricula  Improve school buildings www.convergencepolicy.org 32
    33. 33. New Challenges/Problems of the 1890s and early 1900s  Immigration  Industrialization  Urbanization  New Types of Students Entering Schools  IQ Testing, Administrative Reorganization, Efficient Management of Schools www.convergencepolicy.org 33
    34. 34. Summation of Progressive Era, 1890s-1940s  “Meet the needs” of the whole child  Differentiation of curriculum and school tasks  Expertise in leadership  Emergence of Teacher Unions as a protection against excesses of authoritarian control www.convergencepolicy.org 34
    35. 35. Progressive Era: School organization should be built on a corporate model www.convergencepolicy.org 35
    36. 36. 19th Century Industrial Model Education Elements │ Introduction 6 36
    37. 37. Changes after WWII  Increase in High School Enrollment  Increase in College Attendance  Massive Technological Change  Nuclear Age  Cold War  New Roles for the Federal Government www.convergencepolicy.org 37
    38. 38. Some main themes of the 1950s-2000s  The Push for Educational Excellence  Desegregation and Civil Rights  The School Curriculum Reform Movement  Equal Educational Opportunity and the Alleviation of Poverty www.convergencepolicy.org 38
    39. 39. Current demographics and trends  Bulge in old people (2020 – 2050)  More Hispanics  An increasing poverty gap  Less two-parent families  More childhood disabilities  Growth in innovation  Trend toward social and emotional learning www.convergencepolicy.org 39
    40. 40. FIRST MEETING: Project Goals  Mobilize an exceptionally diverse, influential, experienced, and creative group of leaders who are passionate about the future of education in America and committed to creating that future in partnership with others.  Create a shared, powerful vision of extraordinary education for the next generations of American children.  Map key pathways to realize the vision.  Define the essential actions and actors needed to begin moving forward.  Launch a partnership of leaders committed to realizing the vision together. www.convergencepolicy.org 40
    41. 41. FIRST MEETING: Guiding Principles  We seek to envision a future where children experience extraordinary education. This will require rethinking the purposes of education and reimagining teaching and learning.  Our task is not to fix the current educational experience but to invent something new.  Creating extraordinary education for future generations will require us to move beyond our commitments to, and critiques of, the current system.  With a compelling vision, clear pathways for change, and committed partners, the leaders in this group can transform the future of education. www.convergencepolicy.org 41
    42. 42. What Struggles to Get In Early Childhood New Systems Learning www.convergencepolicy.org 42
    43. 43. People Headed in Different Directions www.convergencepolicy.org 43
    44. 44. More, Better, Different Time Integrating Technology Aligned Curriculum Talent Hiring Practices Current Debates Teacher Preparation Evaluation, and PD Resources Extended Instruction Time Aligned Assessments Student Testing NCLB Waivers Accountability 44
    45. 45. Setting Course: A shared vision of success www.convergencepolicy.org 45
    46. 46. Re-imagining Learning for the 21st Century Teacher Preparation 46
    47. 47. Vision of Success: Outcomes www.convergencepolicy.org 47
    48. 48. U.S.-Pakistan Leaders Forum www.convergencepolicy.org
    49. 49. Project Mission To create a safe space where Pakistani and American leaders can build trust and launch partnerships that create value for both countries while improving mutual respect and understanding between the two societies. To demonstrate that cooperation between American and Pakistani society can occur despite challenges in the inter-governmental relationship. To shift perceptions among policy leaders in both countries in order to facilitate constructive policy making and greater stability in the overall relationship. www.convergencepolicy.org
    50. 50. A Strategic Approach to Cultivating New Levels of Cooperation Engage diverse leaders Identify shared interests Build mutual understanding and respect Form new partnerships Advocate for policy reform Increase bi-lateral cooperation www.convergencepolicy.org
    51. 51. Creating a Durable Platform for Cooperation US-Pakistan Dairy Working Group 2013 US-Pakistan Interfaith Consortium with Intersections International 2013 US-Pakistan Business Consortium with Atlantic Council Time 2011 2013 Lahore Forum Education and Agriculture US-Pakistan Higher Education Forum 2012 2010 White Oak Planning Retreat Potomac Forum Media, Arts and Culture 2013 2013 US-Pakistan Arts and Culture Working Group with Asia Society Platform Extension and Partnership Building
    52. 52. U.S.-Pakistan Leaders Forum - Feb 17-19, 2011 3 Days 40+ Participants 3 Working Groups 15 Partnership Projects Identified www.convergencepolicy.org
    53. 53. U.S.-Pakistan Leaders Forum on Media & Culture – June 17-19, 2012 3 Days 55+ Participants 2 Working Groups 18+ Partnership Projects Identified www.convergencepolicy.org
    54. 54. Partnership Example: Sister Schools 2011 States Participating Partnership of N.A.I.S and CARE 2012 States Participating PA TX CA VA MD MO AZ FL IA NJ CA WV MD NY AL GA IN 2011 Number of USPakistan Sister School Pairings: 2012 7 2013 Goal 11 www.convergencepolicy.org 25
    55. 55. Partnership Example: UPIC U.S.-Pakistan Interfaith Consortium 2011 - 2012 2012 - 2013 Scope Partners Intersections Intersections International Center for Religion & Diplomacy Lahore University of Management Sciences International Islamic University of Islamabad 10 Participants 20 Participants Town Halls Media Coverage www.convergencepolicy.org
    56. 56. Our Process Dialogue Leading to Action Assessment 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Identify an issue Map the players and positions Frame the issue Build trust and agreement Create alliances for action A national issue where division or the failure to pool knowledge stands in the way of progress. Conduct extensive research and interviews to map the key players, their positions, and their underlying interests. Identify a unique framing that will encourage diverse stakeholders to come to the table. Organize stakeholders for a sustained and professionally facilitated dialogue that builds trust and relationships, clarifies differences, and surfaces areas for cooperation. www.convergencepolicy.org Stakeholders develop a shared action plan to implement the solutions they recommend.
    57. 57. Our Process Dialogue Leading to Action Assessment 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Identify an issue Map the players and positions Frame the issue Build trust and agreement Create alliances for action A national issue where division or the failure to pool knowledge stands in the way of progress. Conduct extensive research and interviews to map the key players, their positions, and their underlying interests. Identify a unique framing that will encourage diverse stakeholders to come to the table. Organize stakeholders for a sustained and professionally facilitated dialogue that builds trust and relationships, clarifies differences, and surfaces areas for cooperation. www.convergencepolicy.org Stakeholders develop a shared action plan to implement the solutions they recommend.
    58. 58. Our Process Dialogue Leading to Action Assessment 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Identify an issue Map the players and positions Frame the issue Build trust and agreement Create alliances for action A national issue where division or the failure to pool knowledge stands in the way of progress. Conduct extensive research and interviews to map the key players, their positions, and their underlying interests. Identify a unique framing that will encourage diverse stakeholders to come to the table. Organize stakeholders for a sustained and professionally facilitated dialogue that builds trust and relationships, clarifies differences, and surfaces areas for cooperation. www.convergencepolicy.org Stakeholders develop a shared action plan to implement the solutions they recommend.
    59. 59. Our Process Dialogue Leading to Action Assessment 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Identify an issue Map the players and positions Frame the issue Build trust and agreement Create alliances for action A national issue where division or the failure to pool knowledge stands in the way of progress. Conduct extensive research and interviews to map the key players, their positions, and their underlying interests. Identify a unique framing that will encourage diverse stakeholders to come to the table. Organize stakeholders for a sustained and professionally facilitated dialogue that builds trust and relationships, clarifies differences, and surfaces areas for cooperation. www.convergencepolicy.org Stakeholders develop a shared action plan to implement the solutions they recommend.
    60. 60. Our Process Dialogue Leading to Action Assessment 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Identify an issue Map the players and positions Frame the issue Build trust and agreement Create alliances for action A national issue where division or the failure to pool knowledge stands in the way of progress. Conduct extensive research and interviews to map the key players, their positions, and their underlying interests. Identify a unique framing that will encourage diverse stakeholders to come to the table. Organize stakeholders for a sustained and professionally facilitated dialogue that builds trust and relationships, clarifies differences, and surfaces areas for cooperation. www.convergencepolicy.org Stakeholders develop a shared action plan to implement the solutions they recommend.
    61. 61. Our Process Dialogue Leading to Action Assessment 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Identify an issue Map the players and positions Frame the issue Build trust and agreement Create alliances for action A national issue where division or the failure to pool knowledge stands in the way of progress. Conduct extensive research and interviews to map the key players, their positions, and their underlying interests. Identify a unique framing that will encourage diverse stakeholders to come to the table. Organize stakeholders for a sustained and professionally facilitated dialogue that builds trust and relationships, clarifies differences, and surfaces areas for cooperation. www.convergencepolicy.org Stakeholders develop a shared action plan to implement the solutions they recommend.
    62. 62. Exercise Slide 1 A national issue where division or the failure to pool knowledge stands in the way of progress. www.convergencepolicy.org
    63. 63. Exercise Slide 2 www.convergencepolicy.org
    64. 64. Exercise Slide 3 www.convergencepolicy.org
    65. 65. Thank You! CONVERGENCE CENTER FOR POLICY RESOLUTION 1 1 0 1 1 7 th S t r e e t N W , S u i t e 1 3 5 0 Washington, DC 20036 TEL: (202) 973-4671 EMAIL: info@convergencepolicy.org Follow us on Twitter or find us on Facebook: ConvergenceCtr www.convergencepolicy.org

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