Global Symposium Discussion Looks at the Future of Education


GRC quoteThe decisions we make today—for our systems, our schools, and our classrooms—will affect what all of our tomorrows will look like. This past week, ASCD hosted its inaugural Whole Child Symposium Live event at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. For three hours attendees—leading education leaders, U.S. congressional staff, and various ASCD constituents—listened to ASCD Executive Director and CEO Dr. Gene R. Carter and a panel of education experts discuss global education policies, processes, and practices and the influences on children, societies, and economies in the future.  This discussion, led by ASCD Whole Child Programs Director Sean Slade, was focused more globally and on long-term problems, challenges, and solutions than the kickoff town hall discussion at ASCD’S Annual Conference and tackled three key driving questions:

  • How will decisions made by policymakers today determine what our youth and societies become?
  • What do we as a society risk by abdicating the decision-making process or, at worst, not being aware that the wheels are in motion?
  • At a fundamental level, what do we want our youth, our children, and our societies to become, and what decisions must be made to get us there?

During the discussion, we heard great comments from all of our experts. Below are some of the key takeaways:





Listen to the archived live discussion now to hear the entire discussion and register to attend the Whole Child Symposium (WCS) Virtual event on May 14 and 15.

During the live online event, audiences will hear panels of school leaders, policy experts, teachers, and students address the questions What currently works in education? What we will need in the future to be successful? and How this can be accomplished? On Wednesday, May 14, from 11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m. eastern time, audiences will hear from an education policy panel followed by a schools panel from 2:00–3:30 p.m. eastern time. Sessions on Thursday, May 15, will include a classroom panel from 11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m. eastern time, and a student panel between 2:00–3:30 p.m. eastern time. Visit the WCS Virtual webpage for the entire schedule, panelists bios, and additional event information.

You play an important part in our ongoing discussion. Be sure to pose questions and share your thoughts on the Whole Child Symposium conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #WCSymposium2014, as well as the Whole Child Blog.

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