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Shift Ed
A Call to Action for Transforming K–12 Education



April 2011 | 184 pages | Corwin
This book by noted futurist, David Houle, is a "call to action" for people who are part of a growing movement concerned about education in America and who are committing time and effort toward its transformation. This book is not the answer, but a call to action, an offering of a vision and a necessary expansion of the creative discussion to formulate the solution so essential to the ongoing vitality of our country. The book will look at the roots of American education, the current landscape, and the forces and dynamics that are pushing inevitable change in education for our children. Transformation of education is inevitable and asking the right questions, expanding our vision and starting to do something now are key elements the author outlines.

Politicians, principals, school superintendents, and education foundation executives as well as parents should be reading this book as an enabler for their points of view about the need to change K-12 education in the years ahead.

 
Acknowledgments
 
Introduction
 
1. A Quick Look Back
The Agricultural Age

 
The Industrial Age

 
The Information Age

 
American Childhood Education Through the Ages

 
 
2. The Current Landscape of Education in America
A System Out of Sync

 
Not Your Forefather's College

 
Learning - and Relearning - to Work

 
Holding Our Own in the Global Classroom

 
Facing the Issues and Shifting the Vision

 
Change Visions: From Train to Rocket

 
 
3. A Look Ahead
The Shift Age

 
The Twenty-First Century

 
2010 to 2020: The Transformation Decade

 
Change Visions: The Need for New

 
 
4. Generations
Baby Boomers: The Bridge Generation

 
Generation X: A Different Voice

 
Millennials: The Emerging Leaders

 
Digital Natives: Today's and Tomorrow's Students

 
Change Visions: Reconnecting

 
 
5. Why Transformation Is the Only Path
A Change in Form

 
A Change in Appearance

 
A Change in Nature

 
Signals From the Future

 
Change Visions: The New Architecture of Learning

 
 
6. Working on the Shift Ed Vision
Jim Rex

 
Peter Renwick

 
Janice Mattina

 
Karen Woodward

 
 
7. Ask the Right Questions
Technology and Connectivity

 
Calendar and Operations

 
Curriculum

 
Learning and the Brain

 
Infrastructure and the Physical Plant

 
Answering the Questions

 
Preparing Teachers

 
Your Contribution

 
Change Visions: Survival Skills for the Twenty-First Century

 
 
8. Expand the Vision
The New Vision of Education for the Twenty-First Century

 
Four Fundamentals for Twenty-First-Century Education

 
 
9. Start Now!
The Shift Ed 21

 
Parting - But Not Final - Words

 
 
Notes
 
References
 
Index

"Shift Ed’s major strength is awakening Americans, especially the educational community, to the reality that change is here. We must prepare our young scholars for a global society, as opposed to past teaching and learning practices."

Belinda J. Raines, Principal
Northwestern High School, Detroit, MI

“Thanks to David for leading the charge. Shift Ed: A Call for Transformation of K-12 Education is a blueprint for getting it right in education.”

Charles Sosnik, Editor in Chief
Southeast Education Network, Charlotte, NC

“America needs a new educational vision. Shift Ed provides a clear vision that emphasizes the essential ingredients of a 21st-century education based upon creativity, collaboration, and critical thinking. Houle and Cobb make a great case that nothing less than transformation will be enough.”

Dan Pink, Author

“As an urban educator who is passionate about transformative international education, Shift Ed strikes a deep chord. It is a bold call to action to ensure universal student success in a globalized environment that is always changing.”

Ellen Estrada, Principal
Walter Payton College Prep, Chicago, IL

"David Houle and Jeff Cobb make a powerful case for a transformative shift in schooling, and explain what such a shift might entail. They persuasively and passionately argue that deep-rooted norms need to be fundamentally rethought in tandem with larger technological and social changes. Their vision of what the next decade might hold and their assertion that student-centered, progressive instruction is the way of the future are sure to spark smart discussion among educators, policymakers, and parents wondering what's next for schooling."

Frederick M. Hess, Director of Education Policy Studies
American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research, Washington, D.C.

"As an educator, I highly recommend this book on the transformation of K–12 education. Old ways, repeating the past, and no change are hallmarks of a broken system. Shift Ed outlines the case for building a new system of K–12 education."

Jerry Ice, President and CEO
Graduate School, Washington D.C.

“Our future rests in the hands of our children, and these hands must be strong to accomplish this great task. Their strength will come from their education but, unfortunately, our education system is failing them. David Houle and Jeff Cobb’s Shift Ed: A Call to Action for Transforming K-12 Education is a powerful voice in the honest conversation that must lead to a solution.” 

Lewis Hollweg, CEO
Batrus Hollweg International, Plano, TX

Shift Ed challenges your educational mindset without being intimidating. I spent the entire read asking myself, “why not?”

R. Jon Frey, Assistant Principal
Columbus High School, Columbus, NE

“We can’t educate the leaders of tomorrow with yesterday’s education model. Houle and Cobb offer a much needed, action-oriented, transformative vision for what K-12 education must become. It’s time to stop talking and start doing. Our future depends on it.”

Rafael Pastor, Chairman of the Board & CEO
Vistage International, Inc., San Diego, CA

“The strength of this book is the strong case the authors make for change. They point out how our nation is falling behind in the quest for global supremacy and what changes need to be brought about for that problem to be corrected.”

Randel Beaver, Superintendent
Archer City ISD, TX

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