A Letter from the Scoutlier CEO on Convergence Education

What is Convergence Education?

Last week, I was on a call with the Department of Education about changes that are in discussion for our career field.  At first, my heart broke a little because I know how very much change we have experienced in the last 3 years and how many of us are at our absolute limit.  But as I listened, I heard a new term I hadn’t heard in the past, “Convergence Education”.  As the call continued, they explored how much the world we are preparing our students for has changed, and how much the workforce they will be entering has made massive changes due to innovation in the tech sector.   

One person said point blank, “It is our job to teach the standards, not focus solely on what they will be doing later in life-that is the elective classes. Some education is important just because it is important to know and be a well-rounded person!” 

What if when we prepared lessons there was a way to highlight that someone uses that skill as part of their job?

And while philosophically I agreed, for someone  that information, which I think is just great to know to be well rounded, is a core principle of their job. What if when we prepared lessons there was a way to highlight that someone uses that skill as part of their job?  My mind was off to the races-what could we do to support teachers that wanted to do that, more on that in December’s letter.

Then they started talking about how Convergence Education is making strategic partnerships between corporations, government entities, educational researchers, nonprofits, and teachers.  When education converges, the first 4 groups actually listen to educators and build something the teachers need.  They fill a gap but leave room for the professional in how students learn to still have autonomy in the classroom. And at that moment, I realized that the Department of Education was describing exactly what we at Scoutlier do. We listen to teachers. We are in your Facebook groups and follow the same Twitter hashtags. When you make a request-we start finding people to help fill that gap.

Convergence Education is making strategic partnerships between corporations, government entities, educational researchers, nonprofits, and teachers.

In the last year, we have brought on some amazing strategic partners that are working together, including Naval STEM, the Florida High Tech Corridor, Florida Innovators Hall of Fame, AMRoC (Advanced Manufacturing and Robotics Center), Autodesk, First Robotics, Vex Robotics, East Bay Educational Collaborative, Naval Postgraduate School, MIT, and the National Science Foundation. We hope that as these groups continue to work together, we are meeting your needs.  And if there is something in your curriculum that is missing, let us know through the Scoutlier.com website, we are here to help you.

 

All the best-your partner in educating our future leaders,

Brandy Jackson

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