Transforming the Education Sector into a Learning System: Perspectives from the Field and Recommendations for Action

Published April 2019
by Dan Gordon, Elise Henson, Lynn Olson, Scott Palmer, LaVerne Srinivasan

In this executive summary of a forthcoming paper (to be released in summer 2020), EducationCounsel and Carnegie Corporation of New York address the critical question of how to accelerate a shift from our current educational system to one that—in both design and culture—functions more as a learning system. The paper builds on a February 2019 paper by EducationCounsel that focused primarily on why we need to make this shift and what such a learning system should look and feel like. Relying on extensive interviews with and input from leaders from all corners of the education ecosystem, the forthcoming paper unpacks the challenges and gaps in the current system and identifies some starting points for advancing a learning system at all levels. Apart from any specific course of action, the paper seeks to begin the work of aligning four key drivers—human capacity, resources, leadership, and policy and incentives—toward the ultimate learning system vision.