Chris Willig, President of McGraw-Hill Education PreK-12 and Former Governor Bob Wise, President of the Alliance for Excellent Education discuss Future Ready priorities.
Um, because schools are, are often finding this transition uh, difficult to make uh, to using technology, re-in..in digital resources. And so, um, th-the future ready tool the, is-is designed to make the transition to a more personalized learning system scale-able, easier for school systems, (Uh-Hmm) and-and how does this align with McGraw-Hill education’s priorities?
Well it’s um, it’s the same strategy and its aligned completely with both our strategies and our capabilities. So when we think about personalized learning, as well as the transition to digital learning, um, or to a district digital conversion within the construct of a district. We’ve done a couple things, not only I-I already mentioned our investment in some of these adaptive technologies and in our new investments around what we’re calling compound learning objects. Um, the other thing that we’ve done is we’ve created a whole division within McGraw-Hill that is supporting district digital conversion. Uh, one of my colleagues said um, isn’t it wonderful, uh, why why do we watch um, those home buying shows on tv all the time? Where you know where somebody is living in a semi pig-sty and a designer comes in and says we can make this a palace, and we’re gonna knock down these walls and we’re going to re-do your kitchen, we’re going to re-tile your bathroom and the person’s kinda tremulous and-and worried. But at the end of the show the-the home is beautiful. The owner of the home comes in and says wow! Isn’t this fabulous! And that’s what we feel is part of our work. Um, we’ve set up a whole district digital conversion team to help the district and the superintendent understand where they are with the bone structure of their house and then help them envision what that beautiful day will turn, look like. What will success look like in this district? And it’s tied deeply to the framework. And that’s why we put our support behind the assessment tool. We created that assessment tool for the future ready schools initiative because we knew that without it uh, we could be fooling ourselves about how ready we are for these changes. And you Bob, more than anybody is probably seen districts who’ve gone down this pathway, thought, thought they had their basis covered and realized they hadn’t learned. Your initiative here future ready schools that we’re excited about, is about sharing those best practices. And these tools that we’re providing districts is about those best practices.
You highlighted something that uh, means a lot to me, is we’re also trying to hold up different districts that have been successful (Yes) those, those. I love that analogy. Those used to be an old house uh, now it’s it’s, everyone’s clamoring to get in. Um, (Laughs) but, but, but whether it’s a small rural district to an urban one. Whether it has a high population of English language learners to free and reduced lunch, whatever it is, (Many many variables) yea but we want, we want to be able to say to any superintendent in the country who says yes but you know I’ve got this particular challenge. Well we’ve got one that looks just like you.
And look what they’ve done.
Let. Yes. Let’s, let’s look at their journey (Yes) Let’s look at your journey. Yes, everyone is special and unique and yes everybody’s political and funding environment is gonna be unique, we understand that too. But I think it’s a bigger problem if you never get started.
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