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When: Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Where: Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center, Conference Room A
4805 Edgemoor Lane - 2nd Floor
Bethesda, Maryland  20814
United States
Contact: Lisa Kimball
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Transforming Education: where do we start in this complex system? 

Join us for a lively conversation with our special guest, Peggy Siegel. Are We Still Up to the Task? Recently, partisan and ideological clashes, coupled with a mounting fiscal crisis, have raised serious doubts over whether our public and private sector institutions are still capable of addressing fundamental societal problems, including transforming education. At the same time, the stakes could not be higher. Today’s learners are growing up digital. For the first time in history, many children know more about accessing information and each other, 24/7 than do the adults responsible for teaching them, 6/5. This situation requires a rethinking of all components of the education system itself—from defining expectations globally to delivering learning individually, not just for each learner, but with their active input and participation.  As leaders from all sectors confront these challenges, "schooling” will reemerge based on a different relationship, one in which students provide numerous data sources and networking skills, adults provide meaning and context grounded in experience, and together, they discover new insights. 

Toward that end, we must be able to: 
- Reframe a more compelling dialogue around the nature of learning 
- Align numerous stakeholders around collaborative solutions 
- Design implementation platforms that cross sector boundaries 
- Sustain momentum for transformation that bridges the generations… 

What if :
- Teaching was defined and treated as a collaborative, not individual responsibility
- Learning opportunities were designed, experienced and supported as:
A lifelong venture
With, not just for, students
Both within and outside of school
- Innovation was the norm, not the exception?
Peggy Siegel is an education free agent—an independent thinker with 30+ years of experience leading, observing, researching, analyzing, and writing about education improvement initiatives and cross-sector collaboration. Peggy directed the first special legislative committee in the country charged with issuing recommendations to remedy school segregation in school districts across Ohio. She conducted over 200 interviews with four Baldrige winning companies and seven innovative education sites that resulted in the book, Using Quality to Redesign School Systems (1994), one of the earliest studies to validate the potential use of a continuous improvement strategy in business/education partnerships.

Peggy Siegel
Peggy Siegel, CEO and Thought PartneratEducation free agent, LLC

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