Transformers: Education
Technological change, new ideas about teaching and learning, evolving workforce needs and an increasingly interconnected world are driving transformative change in the education sector, from grade school to grad school.
On Jan. 17, Washington Post Live hosted an important gathering of leading educators and innovators. No pencils needed.
Reimagining High School
XQ Institute CEO Russlynn Ali explained how her Super Schools are transforming traditional secondary education and what American high schools need to change to prepare their students for their futures.
  • Jan 18
Teachers in Los Angeles are currently on strike, demanding higher pay, smaller classrooms and more resources for public schools vs private charter schools. XQ Institute CEO Russlyn Ali says the strike is a "cry for help from educators who are trying to do more with less."
  • Jan 17
Commenting on President Trump’s rollback of some Title IX initiatives, XQ Institute CEO Russlyn Ali said such changes "at a time of enlightenment seems counterproductive.”
  • Jan 17
Russlynn Ali
CEO and Co-Founder, XQ Institute
Interviewed by Eugene Scott
The Washington Post
Education 360º
Rep. Dona Shalala, Bates College President Clayton Spencer and Howard University President Dr. Wayne Frederick. discuss the ongoing government shutdown and what they think must happen to make schools safer across this country.
  • Jan 17
With the government shutdown in its 26th day, Rep. Donna Shalala (D-Fla.) said it’s up to the grown-ups to step up to end the standoff.
  • Jan 17
Rep Shalala says we need to reduce the number of guns on our streets to increase school safety. ‘We do not need to get rid of the 2nd amendment. We can simultaneously manage and reduce the number of guns and who has access to guns, and not mess around with hunters,’ she said.
  • Jan 17
Bates College President Clayton Spencer says her college’s purposeful work program helps students find alignment between their interests and available courses while preparing them for life and work.
  • Jan 17
Betsy DeVos’ visit to the campus of Howard University was met with some ire, but Howard President Dr. Wayne Fredrick says DeVos wanted the campus to be ‘her first visit.’
  • Jan 17
Rep. Donna Shalala
(D-Fla.)
Clayton Spencer
President, Bates College
Wayne A.I. Frederick
President, Howard University
Moderated by Karen Tumulty
The Washington Post
The New Gen Z Focus
Students looking to avoid the debt associated with a college degree are turning to alternatives like skills-based training. University Ventures Co-Founder Ryan Craig, Kettering University President Robert McMahan and Montgomery College Vice President of Academic Affairs talk about the collegiate alternatives students are seeking to prepare them for the workforce.
  • Jan 18
Sanjay Rai, the vice president of Academic Affairs at Montgomery College, says community colleges are affordable, accessible and offer the underemployed an opportunity to advance.
  • Jan 17
Dismayed by entry-level jobs requesting years of experience, University Ventures Co-Founder Ryan Craig says today’s students are looking for programs that will help them secure good ‘first jobs.’
  • Jan 17
Ryan Craig
Co-Founder, University Ventures
Robert McMahan
President, Kettering University
Sanjay Rai
Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, Montgomery College
Moderated by Josh White
The Washington Post
"The New-New Thing" in Higher Education
Experts take a look at how traditional colleges and universities are investing in innovative online courses, global campuses, and international study initiatives to stay competitive and appeal to diverse student populations.
  • Jan 18
When asked what he would change about higher education, Tom Nichols said the idea that everyone must go to college has to end. ‘We have to stop saying everyone has to go to college...there are a lot of paths to happiness in this world,’ he added.
  • Jan 17
Tom Nichols says despite its benefits, technology can hurt the writing and editing skills of students.
  • Jan 17
Cynthia Miller-Idriss
Professor of Education and Sociology, International Training and Education Program, American University
Thomas Nichols
Professor of National Security Affairs, Naval War College, Harvard Extension School, Harvard University
Moderated by Nick Anderson
The Washington Post
Sponsored Content from The Whittle School & Studios
Chris Whittle of The Whittle School gives opening remarks.
  • Jan 17
Chris Whittle
Chairman and CEO, Whittle School & Studios
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