If you’re anything like me (and for your sake, be thankful if you’re not), the idea of a free and open online course on the inner workings of education reform is kind of like Christmas and birthday all rolled into one. I didn’t even ask Santa for such a thing, but lo and behold, the Foundation for Excellence in Education delivered.
Unveiled today, it’s called EdPolicy Leaders Online: Access to Top Education Experts. Assemble some great minds, put their content online, take the free course at your own pace, and Voila!
It’s almost like magic. Well, not exactly. But thanks to technology, and some visionary thinking, you too could become a smarter, more effective Education Reformer starting as soon as March 23. According to Patricia Levesque on the Ed Fly blog, the first three courses are as follows:
- A primer on data privacy
- The importance of education reform for national security
- “Communications Boot Camp: Winning the Ed Reform Conversation”
She also says the courses “feature nearly 40 experts and leaders across the education landscape,” but there are only about half that number whose cool introductory videos show up.
I was a little sad not to see any of my Education Policy Center friends featured there. My deepest hope, though, is that at least one Colorado education reformer is in the group of course presenters. Because if you’ve followed my blog for any length of time, you know there are some excellent stories and material to share!
Finally, there’s this notice in the FAQ:
The courses are designed with policymakers, leaders and staff in mind however, anyone can enroll and participate.
Yes, “anyone.” See? What’s your excuse? I bet they’d even let a perpetual 5-year-old (who is NOT a policymaker) in.
The courses start in a little over a month, but you can sign up today. Whether you’re brand new in education reform or want to sharpen your skills and knowledge, this sounds like a great opportunity. Hope you’ll join me!