Editor's Note: James Sanders is the Director of Innovation for EdTechTeam
and an Entrepreneur in Residence at KIPP Bay Area Schools
. Prior to joining EdTechTeam, James was a White House Presidential Innovation Fellow
and oversaw innovation for the KIPP schools in the Bay Area. This August, James helped the U.S. Department of Education launch the Future Ready Schools pledge
, calling upon school district leaders around the country to commit to having Future Ready Schools.
Education needs a new “north star,” one focused on creating world-class schools where students have agency, and the teachers are empowered to be entrepreneurs in the classroom. Our learning spaces should be inspiring, and school leaders need to have the courage to take smart risks as part of the innovation process.
I believe that the current debates around testing, standards, unions, charters, choice, and tenure are undermining teaching and learning. The videos in this playlist represent the mindset and the type of teaching and learning I believe our students deserve. In the list you'll find two videos that represent each of the following areas, which form the core of what I believe it means to be Future Ready: Courageous Leadership, Empowered Teachers, Student Agency, and Inspiring Spaces.