THE EDUCATION SYSTEM IS FRAGMENTED BY DESIGN
The education sector is fragmented. This is as true in innovation efforts as it is for students attempting to navigate from school to school or even just from class to class. The culture in many U.S. schools is such that teachers shut their classroom doors and operate in relative isolation. Similarly, when changes show up in the lives of students and teachers, they often conflict with other reform efforts or with the realities in which those efforts must occur. Individual schools almost never have control of all the variables required to radically improve students’ experiences. If we want to see significant change, we have to think about the units of change more coherently. We must ask:
Who are all the key players who impact what ultimately happens in the classroom?
How do we engage all those key players in collaborative change processes?
THE INTEGRATION DESIGN CONSORTIUM
An experiment aimed at improving cohesion, coordination, and collaboration in education.
In one attempt to catalyze the shift to more productive ways of working, Carnegie Corporation of New York has launched the Integration Design Consortium—a collaborative learning network that brings together five design teams to create new, innovative approaches within education. The teams—2Revolutions, Bellwether, Education First, FSG, and The Teachers Guild—are working from the classroom to the statehouse to create a more integrated, equitable education system.
The Business Innovation Factory serves as the connective tissue of the IDC —connecting, convening, and collecting learnings towards our combined learning agenda. BIF also serves as the Chief Instigator, running small experiments to understand how the IDC might spark collaboration, inspire reflection, and insight pivots based on real-time learnings.
Ultimately, the Consortium seeks to create compelling models that employ an integrated approach—as opposed to fragmented point-solutions — because we believe that greater cohesion is needed if we are to create transformational, equitable change in the field of education.