Carnegie Foundation Establishes Advisory Panel to Help Transform Secondary Education

The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching has announced nine appointments to its Carnegie Educator Advisory Panel, made up of secondary teachers and other school leaders from across the United States.

The panel has been established to begin the work of transforming secondary education under the foundation’s three-pronged Future of Learning program.

The three parts of the Future of Learning program include:

  • The nine Advisory Panel appointments, from schools in Colorado, District of Columbia, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Massachusetts, North Carolina, and Washington;

  • The Learning Leadership Network, a three-year initiative composed of 10 school districts committed to support secondary school transformation; and

  • The Skills for the Future Initiative, which will work over the next decade to replace the Carnegie Unit, or seat time “credit hour” with “meaningful skills and accomplishments demonstrated through assessment,” according to the foundation website. This work will include a partnership with the Educational Testing Service to develop a suite of assessments and analytic tools to determine the methods, including digital education, to impart the skills required for American students to succeed in their education and careers.

"As a former middle and high school teacher, I believe strongly in the incredible power of harnessing teacher voices for change," said Valeria Brown, director of Carnegie’s Future of Learning program. "I cannot wait to work closely with this panel of thoughtful, diverse, and expert secondary school teachers and school-based leaders from across the country to advance and amplify extraordinary work underway nationwide."

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Kate Lucariello is a former newspaper editor, EAST Lab high school teacher and college English teacher.