The Future of Education: What’s Next?

Greater Houston has become known nationwide for its innovative schools and initiatives – home of four Broad Prizes for urban education, three high-performing charter networks, and scores of valuable public-private partnerships. Yet a stubborn problem persists: An alarmingly low percentage of our public school students are achieving at levels that put them on track for success beyond high school.
In this year’s series, we explore What’s Next. What is next for teaching and learning to ensure our kids are ready for the decades to come. Many of the jobs our current students will hold, do not even exist yet. How to we prepare our students to critically think, problem solve and be creative in a world that will demand resourcefulness and flexibility? Hear about the current thinking, models and designs of teaching and learning that are already talking on this fundamental shift.
You are invited to be our guest at this year’s series of free, public lectures. We hope you will join us for these though-provoking events, hosted by the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and sponsored by Chevron.
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2015-2016 Series


Author of Deeper Learning: How Eight Innovative Public Schools Are Transforming Education in the Twenty-First Century

Her career encompasses major programmatic, management, and executive leadership roles and is marked both by her vast knowledge of secondary reform and college readiness and hands-on experience managing and supporting major foundation initiatives. Learn More


Co-author of Blended: Using Disruptive Innovation to Improve Schools

Heather Staker is the founder and president of Ready to Blend, a research initiative focused on helping educators and families use blended learning to improve the achievement and well-being of K-12 children. She is also an adjunct fellow for the Clayton Christensen Institute for Disruptive Innovation, a nonprofit think tank that promotes disruptive innovation in education and health care. Learn More


Author of Creative Schools

An internationally recognized authority in creativity and innovation in education and business, also one of the world’s leading speakers. Videos of his famous talks to the prestigious TED Conference are the most viewed in the history of the organization and have been seen by an estimated 300 million people in over 150 countries. Learn More

2014-2015 Series

The Smartest Kids in the World - and How They Got That Way


Journalist and New York Times Bestselling Author

Ripley looks for students who are engaged in the work, teachers who have time to prepare and collaborate, and school administrators who prioritize helping teachers improve their craft.

Visible Learning: The Surprising Research Behind What Works in Education


Visible Learning Plus Consultant, Cognition Education, Auckland, New Zealand

At Visible Learning Plus, JAYNE-ANN YOUNG works alongside John Hattie to ensure that schools around the globe focus their limited resources and energy not just on what works – but on what works best.

Getting Smart: How Digital Learning is Changing the World


Education advocate, venture capitalist, former Gates Foundation education chief

In the nation’s leading edge schools, blended learning – which leverages technology to enhance and expand the impact of traditional resources like teachers and books – is ubiquitous.

Next Generation Schools: Breakthrough Models in STEM and Personalized Learning


Deputy Director, Next Generation Learning Challenges

What will the schools of the future look like? As a convener, promoter and catalyst of school innovation, Next Generation Learning Challenges is defining the answer. The Gates-backed national nonprofit works to ensure that emerging ideas have the resources, connections, and data-supported proof of efficacy they need to reach deep into traditional school environments.

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