2014 12 12 Re-design San Jose Unified School District

San Jose Unified School District is embarking on the next wave of innovation to meet the ever-evolving needs of our students. In the first wave of redesign, select schools are embracing new classroom and instructional models to better engage and inspire students.

Now, we hope to consider the moon shot.

We know that a combination of forces – the changing landscape of work and skills requirements, availability of numerous digital content delivery platforms, abundance of data and new analytical tools, intensifying international competition, financial strains, and others – are challenging traditional models of education. At the same time, new educational platforms and ventures are springing up virtually every day. Some of these new ideas complement existing structures while others accentuate gaps in the current system.

In order to close the opportunity gap and ensure 21st century skills for every student, we must embrace this creative disruption and think differently about learning environments – what they look like, how they are designed, and how they deliver skills to our students.