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The Opportunity

In partnership with Carnegie Corporation of New York — as part of its newly-launched Integration Design Consortium — 2Revolutions is launching an exciting, two-year national experiment to develop better, collaboratively-designed solutions to the siloization that holds back our communities as they push toward the future.

When we think about the structure of schools and other learning institutions, and even more so our processes for teaching and learning, we see fragmentation’s fingerprints everywhere. Most students still sit in an isolated classroom for 42 minutes at a time where they are supposed to receive “math” learning, and then move on to “social studies” for the next 42 minutes in a different classroom, with few opportunities to integrate new knowledge or skills. Communities’ resources are often misaligned: either with each other and/or underlying priorities. The bottom-line is that we all suffer from fragmented mindsets and a fragmented frame of reference from which to seek new and better solutions for students. Most stakeholders sense the urgency of the problem, and growing numbers are beginning to recognize the need to develop new, innovative and integrative solutions that are more capable of consistently delivering the full breadth of knowledge, skills and dispositions kids need to be successful in the complex future that awaits them. The challenge: how do we get there from here?

Description of the Work

With support from Carnegie Corporation, 2Rev has been funded to recruit, select and work deeply with a partner community for two years (i.e., through June 2019) at the intersection of Future of Learning design and the persistent challenges of fragmentation. You can read more about key elements of the proposed project in this recent blog post, but we’ll plan to:

  • Establish a diverse Community Advisory Committee to help guide the effort and function as a change management partner throughout the work
  • Conduct a comprehensive, independent Landscape Analysis to identify existing assets, barriers and assess community readiness to transform
  • Design and lead authentic Community Visioning Sessions to engage stakeholders in collaboratively defining the future and identifying challenges and opportunities to focus on
  • Facilitate two or more Learning/Prototyping Networks to support stakeholders as they apply an integrative short-cycle design approach to develop potential solutions to prioritized challenges and opportunities
  • Measure any changes in Integrative and Innovative Mindsets among participants that might result from the process
  • Capture and share Lessons Learned and disseminate tools and insights, so other communities might benefit along the way

In addition to funded support from the 2Rev team, the project also includes up to $150,000 to support the work of the Learning/Prototyping Networks — to be determined through discussion among 2Rev, Carnegie Corporation and the Community Advisory Committee.

Partner Profile

Success depends on finding the right partner. Who’s an ideal partner? The good news is that no place is perfect, or perfectly aligned. If it was, it probably wouldn’t make for a realistic or replicable test case. There is no cookie-cutter recipe, but we’re seeking a diverse, mid-sized district/community (i.e., ~20-40k student population). In the language of the Model Cities work of the 1970s: “Big enough to matter, but small enough to manage.” You can still be very early in this work, but some evidence of readiness/disposition, capacity or early progress is a plus. Examples might include: district leadership showing interest in innovative approaches; strong engagement from school board or community organizations; presence of existing collective action efforts, etc. At the end of the day, we need a “right fit” partner equally willing to roll up their sleeves and dive into this complex work together. As partners.

Selection Criteria, Process & Timeline

Our goal is to recruit, select and onboard a community partner through the fall and be ready to dive into collaborative work together beginning in January!

Selection Criteria:

  • Fit: Extent to which partner community matches the above partner profile
  • Interest/Commitment: Evidence of strong interest from broad local stakeholder network
  • Capacity: Evidence of strong leadership and commitment to distributed leadership capacity
  • Flexible/Collaborative: Willing to embrace new ways of engaging in collaborative problem-solving
  • Results-oriented: Evidence of commitment to achieving tangible positive outcomes
  • Learning-oriented: Eager to test core hypotheses and answer key questions

Timeline and Process:

  • July - September: Informal Outreach, Networking & Recruitment
  • October 1st: Written Application Due (brief, < 5 pages total)
  • October: Phone Interviews with Select Candidates
  • November: In-person Interviews with 2-3 Finalists
  • December 1st: Final Decision
  • December: Form Community Advisory Committee & Prepare for 2018 Kick-off

Calling All Innovators!

If you are (or someone you know is) ready to work collaboratively to align efforts to prepare your young people for the future, please contact Todd Kern directly at tvk@2revolutions.net. We look forward to hearing from you!