Summer Homework for Teachers & Administrators: Figure Out How to be More Innovative

The structure of the education system is pretty well engrained in all of us. The centuries-old model of a teacher standing at the front of a classroom, delivering a lesson to all students is just the way it’s done, right?

Well, the Obama administration would like to change that. And, it’s offering a sizable monetary reward to spur school districts to get innovative and figure out a more effective way to personalize education for students.

According to this article in the Chicago Tribune, the Obama administration is proposing divvying out $400 million among local school districts who come up with ways to rethink the classroom environment. Districts must figure out how to personalize education for students and ensure they move on only when they have truly mastered a skill – not when they have completed a packet of worksheets or listened to a semester of lectures.

The administration plans to announce 15 to 20 winners in December. Each will receive a four-year grant worth $15 million to $25 million, officials said.

Districts will have until October to submit applications.

Sounds like a great homework assignment for teachers and administrators during their summer break.

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