ON-Lion Letter

A course designed by longtime proponents of education reform to pass its history on to subsequent generations is formally in session today, a result of years of development and decades of experience by The Center for Education Reform (CER) in Washington, D.C., and its founder Jeanne Allen.

"It's hard to explain the thrill of finally being able to convey the context of reform through the lens of those who were there," said Allen, who is also a senior fellow at CER.  The 50 scholars selected as the inaugural cohort of students are uniquely positioned to learn and lead for that reason.  With history as their guide, the possibilities for accelerated reform are endless."

The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation in Milwaukee supports CER and Allen's fellowship.

Using the Qualcomm QLearn Mobile Technology Platform for the nation's leading universities, the first foundational course, "The Decline and Fall of the U.S. Education System:  The Development of a Movement," takes students on an accelerated look at the past 25 years, from the actual conversations that shaped A Nation at Risk, through the lens of the governors and advocates who shaped the nation's first school-choice laws, through the courts, to the battle for standards as first envisioned by state leaders, and beyond. 

The 10 weeks will allow students to study original source documents and earn a certificate that permits them to continue through a formal EdReformU graduate program, which will be developed for course credit and provide recognition to institutions who employ or wish to hire these individuals that have the foundational knowledge necessary to engage in substantive education-reform efforts.

In addition to weekly sessions with Allen, lessons with adjuncts will augment the readings.

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