In this essay, Betheny Gross argues that while the current emphasis on wraparound services has helped meet some of the many needs today’s students face, a more organic, crowdsourced approach to engaging the community could ultimately result in more agile and responsive opportunities for students—but only if key questions about measuring impact, creating coherent learning experiences, and ensuring equal access to educational opportunities are addressed.
“If these out-of-school learning opportunities become more essential than extra, but remain opt-in experiences (as is likely necessary to allow for personalization),” writes Gross, “the field will need to wrestle with these questions: Can there be accountability for equal access in an opt-in system? If so, who should be held accountable and how?”
Explore other essays in this collection: Thinking Forward: New Ideas for a New Era of Public Education
- To Meet the Needs of Complex Learners, School Systems Must Think More Boldly by Robin Lake (11/05/18)
- For Brandon: How One Family's Struggle Can Help Us Imagine an Education System That Does Better by Exceptional Children, Travis Pillow (09/05/18)
- How Can We Get Serious About Successful Pathways for Every Student? by Robin Lake (04/30/18 )
- Curating a Portfolio of Student Pathways: Workspace Education by Robin Lake (04/30/18)