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Shift Ed

Shift Ed
A Call to Action for Transforming K–12 Education

April 2011 | 184 pages | Corwin

"America needs a new educational vision. Shift Ed provides a clear vision that emphasizes the essential ingredients of a 21st-century education based upon creativity, collaboration, and critical thinking. Houle and Cobb make a great case that nothing less than transformation will be enough."
—Dan Pink, Author

"As an educator, I highly recommend this book on the transformation of K–12 education. Old ways, repeating the past, and no change are hallmarks of a broken system? Shift Ed outlines the case for building a new system of K–12 education."
—Jerry Ice, President and CEO, Graduate School, Washington D.C.

"The strength of this book is the strong case the authors make for change. They point out how our nation is falling behind in the quest for global supremacy and outline the changes needed to correct that problem."
—Randel Beaver, Superintendent, Archer City ISD, TX

A comprehensive guide to transforming American schools

Futurist David Houle and educational strategist Jeff Cobb issue a "call to action" to everyone who is concerned about education in America. The book begins with a helpful background on the roots of American education, the current landscape, and the forces that are driving transformation. This background supports the author's case that reinventing our system is inevitable and we already have the information and capabilities to make the necessary changes. Shift Ed challenges us to ask the right questions, expand our vision, and take action now. The book includes an overview of the educational system and expert opinions on key areas, including:

  • Technology and connectivity
  • Organizational behavior
  • Curriculum
  • Learning and the brain
  • Infrastructure and the physical plant

Shift Ed is more than a book for educators. Its message is critical for policy makers, school superintendents, education foundation executives, and parents who want to know the facts and be prepared to take the decisive action our children deserve.

Hear what Houle has to say about transformational education:


1. A Quick Look Back
The Agricultural Age

The Industrial Age

The Information Age

American Childhood Education Through the Ages

2. The Current Landscape of Education in America
A System Out of Sync

Not Your Forefather's College

Learning - and Relearning - to Work

Holding Our Own in the Global Classroom

Facing the Issues and Shifting the Vision

Change Visions: From Train to Rocket

3. A Look Ahead
The Shift Age

The Twenty-First Century

2010 to 2020: The Transformation Decade

Change Visions: The Need for New

4. Generations
Baby Boomers: The Bridge Generation

Generation X: A Different Voice

Millennials: The Emerging Leaders

Digital Natives: Today's and Tomorrow's Students

Change Visions: Reconnecting

5. Why Transformation Is the Only Path
A Change in Form

A Change in Appearance

A Change in Nature

Signals From the Future

Change Visions: The New Architecture of Learning

6. Working on the Shift Ed Vision
Jim Rex

Peter Renwick

Janice Mattina

Karen Woodward

7. Ask the Right Questions
Technology and Connectivity

Calendar and Operations


Learning and the Brain

Infrastructure and the Physical Plant

Answering the Questions

Preparing Teachers

Your Contribution

Change Visions: Survival Skills for the Twenty-First Century

8. Expand the Vision
The New Vision of Education for the Twenty-First Century

Four Fundamentals for Twenty-First-Century Education

9. Start Now!
The Shift Ed 21

Parting - But Not Final - Words


“Shift Ed is a call to action. There’s no doubt that the David Houle and Jeff Thomas Cobb have identified where education must go, so the question becomes how will we – as parents and educators and community leaders – get there? Shift Ed is the kind of book that makes us ask the toughest questions about how we’re educating our children today, and provides a broad vision for changes we simply have to start preparing for and making today.”

Tim Sullivan, Founder
School Family Media, Wrentham, MA

"David Houle uses his vision to identify the need for transformation in education, as he has so profoundly done for us in business. Shift Ed is a must-read, and it resonates to people many levels: from citizens, taxpayers, grandparents, and family to passionate educators observing the frustrations of the system that can't effectively compete or function in today's Shift Age."

Wallace B. Doolin, CEO
Black Box Intelligence, Dallas, TX
Wallace B. Doolin, CEO

"Provides a powerful key to changing the process of teaching. From socialcultural evolution in generations to the evolving landscape of education in America, SHIFT ED is a fine pick."

James A. Cox, Editor in Chief
The Midwest Book Review, August 2011
Key features
Includes background research on the educational system and how it has evolved in the first few chapters. The book then makes a call for transformation and brings in expert's voices from many fields to bolster the arguments. Finally, the book offers key questions to ask and plans for transformation in the final chapters.

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