ON-Lion Letter
When The School District of Philadelphia teamed up with the Microsoft Corporation in 2006 to redesign the American high school, the result was the School of the Future, hailed by National Public Radio as "the next big thing," by Education Week as "a new high-tech school [that is] strutting its stuff," and by NBC News as "next-generation education."

While technology was a crucial element at the School of the Future, the redesign sought fundamentally to rethink the models for teaching and learning.  Their trademark framework for decisionmaking, the "6 Is" -- introspection, investigation, inclusion, innovation, implementation, and, again, introspection -- is now being used by organizations in more than 15 countries.

What Next?:  Educational Innovation and Philadelphia's School of the Future
, from Harvard Education Press, offers a detailed study of the school's first three years (2006–2009), revealing what the School of the Future can teach us about high-school redesign, public-private partnerships, and the use of technology in school reform.  The book's contributors -- researchers, educators, and practitioners -- offer countless insights into "when and how technology-based school redesign leads to improved teaching and learning, when it does not, and what this means in terms of dramatically improving the American high school."

What Next? is co-edited by Mary Cullinane and Frederick M. Hess.  Cullinane is U.S. director of innovation and business development for the Microsoft Education Group.  Hess is a resident scholar and director of education policy studies at the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research (AEI) in Washington, D.C.

The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation supports projects of Hess's at AEI.
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