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Rethinking education in the long run

This article originally appeared on Medium

Across the U.S., school is in full swing — whether it’s happening via classrooms or computers. What are we learning in this moment? And what’s the bigger opportunity to rethink school and how children grow up? In this conversation, four Ashoka Fellows — whose innovations reach millions of American students — reflect on what’s working and what’s next. They are:

Jill Vialet, founder of Playworks and Substantial, in conversation with: Kara Bobroff, founder of Native American Community Academy and NACA Inspired Schools Network in Albuquerque, NM; Will Jackson, founder of Village of Wisdom in Durham, NC; and Dana Mortenson, co-founder of World Savvy in Minneapolis, MN.

Jill Vialet

Ashoka Fellow since Aug 2004

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Nurturing Black genius: Will Jackson supports Black parents to protect and affirm their children’s Black genius and champion racial equity in schools.
Schools co-created with communities: Navajo/Lakota educator Kara Bobroff shares how her community came together 15 years ago to set up a new kind of school — with wellbeing, community engagement, and Indigenous language and culture at its core.
Interrogate the inertia in education: Dana Mortenson started World Savvy to foster a culture of global citizenship, creative problem-solving, and student changemaking in schools across the country. 
The next chapter of American life: Jill Vialet created two organizations that partner with thousands of schools across the country: Playworks, focused on the power of play , and Substantial that is redesigning the substitute teaching experience.