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28 EDUCATION WEEK n SEPTEMBER 25, 2013 n the author describes to build students’ belief in their ability to learn. LETTERS to the EDITOR Teaching: It’s More Than The Sum of Its Parts To the Editor: “‘Growth Mindset’ Gaining Traction as Ed. Strategy” (Sept. 11, 2013) is a very good article. However, it is disturbing that it needs to be written. It is sad that it is research that may be providing the impetus for some teachers (and parents) to use the common-sense strategies I became a teacher because I believed in the capacity of all human beings to learn and in my own capacity to create learning environments for students that could enhance that capacity. This is a commonly held belief among educators. It seems that today a cottage industry has developed to point out the obvious. Something isn’t quite right. Do teachers ever have time to develop their own philosophy of teaching and learning and to reflect on their practice? Of course, they may do this in an occasional structured setting or during a required professionaldevelopment day, but I wonder if teachers themselves often lack confidence in their instincts if not reaffirmed by research and the latest trends. We have dissected the art of teaching and learning into so many parts that the whole has been lost and with it the heart for teaching that so many people naturally have. Gillian B. Thorne Executive Director, Office of Early College Programs Director, UConn Early College Experience Program University of Connecticut Storrs, Conn. COMMENTARY POLICY Education Week takes no editorial positions, but publishes opinion essays and letters from outside contributors in its Commentary section. For information about submitting an essay or letter for review, visit guidelines. Jared Boggess A Pathway for The Future of Education CONTINUED FROM PAGE 32 ronments where educators adapt regularly to meet the needs of students. Policymakers must eliminate these barriers so educators have room to innovate. In addition to policy changes, we must prepare our education workforce to excel in competencybased environments. Preservice and in-service educator-preparation programs must work together to build capacity for this shift and provide ongoing support. Colleges of education and alternative-certification programs can play a significant role in this transformation. They can overhaul their systems to ensure graduates have the knowledge and experience to create and implement highly personalized pathways for every student. Finally, a competency education system will require the development of new student assessments, data systems, learning-management systems, and instructional tools. The marketplace has begun to respond, but shortages of supply and demand make it difficult to take these models to scale. Despite an explosion of new startup ventures and investors focused on competency education, the supply of high-quality tools remains limited. Demand is also a challenge as shrinking education budgets make it difficult for educators to purchase the tools and training to bring their vision to life. Governments, businesses, and communities must identify creative funding strategies to support this transformation at scale. While the list of challenges seems long, it should not deter us from the path of success. The business community has capitalized on the shift to radical personalization and now reaps the rewards. We must do the same in education. n

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Education Week - September 25, 2013

Education Week - September 25, 2013
DIGITAL DIRECTIONS: Phila. Seeks Salvation in Lessons From Model School
INDUSTRY & INNOVATION: Schools Investing in New Measures To Boost Security
For Intellectually Disabled, a ‘Landmark’
States Mull Next Steps on Testing
News in Brief
Report Roundup
New Research Consortium Targets D.C. Schools
Social Studies Framework to Guide Standards
Charters Turn to More-Unified Application Systems
Blogs of the Week
Texas Lesson-Plan Brawl Resonates Beyond State Border
Business Organizations Rally on Common Core
Fiscal Face-Off
How to Improve the Common Core
Silence Is Not Neutrality
What Are We Doing to Support Great Teachers?
TopSchoolJobs Recruitment Marketplace
A Pathway for the Future of Education

Education Week - September 25, 2013