Partnership for Whole School Change

A PROGRAM of COOPERATIVE ARTISTS INSTITUTE (CAI)

STRATEGIES OUR PROPOSED                                                         COMMISSION WILL DEVELOP

To accomplish its purpose and work-plan, our commission will develop a strategy that creates a statewide conversation on K-12 Education and Globalization. The conversation will take place in public schools, health and community centers, houses of worship, state universities and colleges, libraries, and other municipal venues throughout the state. Each of these events will seek to have the following cross section of participants in attendance:

  • parents, students, teachers, administrators, artist/educators, and education philosophers; 
  • globalization experts, economists, bankers, and small and large business leaders;
  • college and university  professors, students, and researches;
  • physical and social scientists; and 
  • our state's residents and activists from communities across the state.

Our proposed commission will design the conversations to be engaging, honest, and knowledgeable, and they will help our commission gather sound facts and knowledge that will help it realize its purpose. Our commission will tap the power of the performing and visual arts to help the conversation break down the walls between different cultures, classes, age groups, sciences, institutions, and professional fields. Each conversation will be designed to:

  • give those in attendance the opportunity to translate and exchange each field's specialized language;
  • expand and deepen both the participants and the commission members' understanding of globalization and the need for an educational response to it;
  • make the commission members better prepared to plan and work with K-12 schools, communities, arts and cultural groups, colleges and universities, businesses, the government, and the general public; and
  • inspire our state's lay and professional citizens to get involved. This statewide conversation is also designed to inspire our state's expert and lay citizens to join our commission's committees and subcommittees or be available as consultants.
 
Our proposed commission's strategy is to:

develop a framework to help K-12 schools learn and teach global market knowledge. K-12 schools have to change at a cultural level, if they are to successfully teach students to apply global market knowledge humanely. To address this challenge, the framework will help schools create their own intentional school cultures

take advantage of our state's competitive advantage when it comes to developing human capital. Our state’s first world status will be made significantly more secure if it focuses this advantage on preparing its bottom 30% of income earners to participate in wealth creation;

establish a K-12 education atmosphere that makes the teaching and learning of global market knowledge ubiquitous, and the students' navigation of this marketplace successful and humane; and

provide an on line repository that is open to and communicates with the general public. It will house all the commission’s vetted data and knowledge. The repository’s contents will be focused on:

  • globalization and our state's K-12 schools response to it;
  • sound ways of seamlessly integrating the global market curricula with all of a school’s academic subjects;
  • the social and emotional curricula and skills that prepare our students to humanely negotiate their globalized world;
  • strategies for changing school culture and assessing each school's overall transformation process; and
  • being a planning, implementation, and school change resource for K-12 educators, schools, school systems, and college schools of education.
The repository will provide live and virtual forums. These events invite educators, economist, business people, researchers, parents, cultural anthropologists, and others to identify, exchange, and communicate sound and reliable knowledge and experiences. The forums enable the participants to make valid connections that link their school’s culture and the global marketplace. The forums will give participants the ability to appreciate why and how our K-12 students' unmet needs determine the viability of our state's society and economy.
 
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