Why Is K-12 Education So Slow to Change?

If you are attending SXSW in March, I’ll be speaking on a panel with Alberto Carvalho, the superintendent of Miami-Dade County Public Schools, and Keith Krueger, the CEO of the Consortium for School Networking.

Why Is K-12 Education so Slow to Change?

Monday, March 6
12:30PM – 1:30PM
Hilton Austin Downtown – Salon G

From smartphones to electric cars, new innovations have reshaped virtually every aspect of our lives. Digital instructional tools and blended learning models are changing the experience of learning for educators and students. Why then have many of our K-12 classrooms remained so firmly rooted in the 20th century? Is there something inherently change-resistant about our K-12 schools? A visionary district superintendent, an ed tech industry leader, and an educator discuss what change can look like when a school or classroom breaks out. How can educators and leaders ignite change in their schools and communities to truly transform instruction and learning? Walk away with a vision for change.

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4 Responses to Why Is K-12 Education So Slow to Change?

  1. Aly Fetzer says:

    Hi Catlin!!

    I’ve recently become obsessed with using stations in a variety of ways, but like any new teaching technique, I want to use it a LOT. About how many times do you use stations? Once a week? More than that? A couple times a month? I love it and want to use it all the time, but I don’t want to kill it either! Thanks 🙂

    • Hi Aly,

      I’m so glad you’re enjoying the Station Rotation Model! I use it multiple times a week. I know many teachers, especially elementary, who use it daily. That said, I’d let your students be your barometer for how much is too much. Kids like variety, so it’s nice to change it. You can always try a variation on classic Station Rotation, like free flow. I also use Choice Boards when I want them to practice certain skill but also want to give them some choice.


    • Melinda Malaspino says:

      HI Aly ,
      It’s great to see you in this community! I’m eager to embrace the Station Rotation model in my classes this year, as well. It will be exciting to see how our Lively Practice Shakespeare strategies fit into the mix. Let’s chat soon.
      Catlin, I know you are a big fan of My Shakespeare, which I discovered last year at CATE. My students loved it.

  2. So the schools are as beautiful and expensive as ever before in history. But less occurs inside the walls than ever before. Our education professors have perfected an array of techniques to keep education always in first gear , always running in slow motion. Achievement is lower, even as grades are higher; jargon is more pretentious; and promises become ever more grandiose.

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