Innovating Despite Success

Innovating Despite Success

Innovation is never easy. But it can be particularly hard when the experience you have created is resulting in highly successful outcomes and satisfied users. It takes a special kind of innovator to ask the right questions that unpack whether the experience is truly the best that it can be today. Even harder still is the ability to look around the corner to understand how that experience may or may not meet the needs of an uncertain tomorrow.

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Designing New Models of Individualized Learning with the Bush Foundation

Designing New Models of Individualized Learning with the Bush Foundation

Minnesota in July is especially lovely. While 2Rev was there earlier this summer to work with a large cohort of educators in our partnership with the Bush Foundation, we soaked in the explosions of color and shapes in the Hamline University flowerbeds, where our design institute was hosted. The diversity, energy, and beauty we found outside was mirrored inside, amid the teams of educators working to design individualized models of school in Bush’s new School Design for Individualized Learning initiative.

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What Does It Take to Build Innovative, Integrative Community?

What Does It Take to Build Innovative, Integrative Community?

Last summer, 2Rev was one of a handful of organizations invited by the Carnegie Corporation of New York to participate in their Integration Design Consortium (IDC). The purpose of the IDC was to crowd-source root causes of, and potentially innovative solutions to, the challenge of siloization/fragmentation that routinely thwarts faster progress in our communities. (Note to funders: Carnegie’s approach was creative, efficient and prolific - a good one to emulate.)  The graphic below summarizes both our root cause analysis and how we framed possible experiments. I’m happy to report that 2Rev was selected to test one of the ideas we proposed: to recruit, select and work deeply for two years with a partner to help “build innovative, integrative community.”

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Children Are Citizens Now

Children Are Citizens Now

I was waiting in line for the restroom at Denver International Airport a number of years ago watching a woman with two children washing hands. She stood like a flamingo with one leg triangled up on the other creating a seat for her young child. The child perched there on their mother’s leg leaning desperately over the edge of the sink trying to reach their chubby fingers to the stream of water.

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Kicking off a Performance-based Assessment Learning Network with Loudoun County School District

Kicking off a Performance-based Assessment Learning Network with Loudoun County School District

This past week we kicked off the Performance-based Assessment Learning Network in Loudoun County School District! Through this network, we'll be working over the next seven months with educators to deepen their practice in using performance-based assessment (PBA) as the tool to measure deeper learning. Here’s how we’ve designed our journey for this learning network.

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