Obama's Education Goals Reflect Edutopia's

Discover coverage of programs that illustrate the president's emerging agenda for public schools.

Discover coverage of programs that illustrate the president's emerging agenda for public schools.

You've heard President Obama describe his vision for education. Now, let Edutopia show you how it could look in practice.

Obama's speech to the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce outlined the administration's pillars of education reform, including extending the school day, encouraging better standards and assessments, and preparing outstanding teachers.

We'd like to share some Edutopia examples of these emerging ideals as they exist on the ground:

After-School Initiatives

Before he was U.S. secretary of education, Arne Duncan worked to create successful after-school programs in Illinois. Edutopia delved into Duncan's educational philosophy in a video interview with Duncan shortly before his appointment.

Edutopia also captured on video students pursuing their passions after school in these model programs:

  • At After School Matters, in Chicago, students continue to learn after the classroom doors close.
  • The Providence After School Alliance, in Providence, Rhode Island, partners with other institutions to make learning fun and help kids create connections.
  • The Citizen Schools national network provides after-school mentors for students.

We documented other examples of innovative use of after-school time in community schools:

Improved Assessment for the 21st Century

In his first speech about education, Obama challenged state governors and education chiefs to "develop standards and assessments that don't simply measure whether students can fill in a bubble on a test, but whether they possess 21st-century skills like problem solving and critical thinking, entrepreneurship, and creativity."

Educating Excellent Educators

Obama supports recruiting, preparing, and rewarding great teachers, and so do we:

We're looking forward to continuing to cover what works in education as it emerges. Please share your success stories in the comments section below.

This article originally published on 3/20/2009

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Dan G (not verified)

Let Obama know your thoughts on education reform

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If you support these core initiatives:

-Effective, empowered teachers and school leaders;
-Student assessments that stress 21st century skills;
-Universal access to high-quality early education;
-A safe, healthy learning environment; and
-Affordable college for all students,

Then let President Obama know! Visit EDVOTERS.ORG and sign the petition today!

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