Changing the K-12 Context
The United States is in the midst of a massive restructuring of public-sector service delivery. Staffed by interdisciplinary teams of accomplished and motivated professionals, the most successful of these new federal, state and local reforms are replacing outmoded public bureaucracies with “learning organizations” committed to using problem-solving techniques to enhance the will and capacity of public organizations to improve the life chances of the nation’s most underserved populations. Nowhere are these changes more important and promising, yet also challenging and controversial, than in the governance, management and democratic accountability of the nation’s public schools.
The objective of the full-semester interdisciplinary program CPRL is developing is to bring together upper-level graduate students in law, business, education and policy from universities across the nation to immerse themselves in:
- The study of emerging and competing strategies for K-12 and allied institutional reform;
- Structured, team-based problem-solving skills that effective public organizations use to address the most difficult challenges in education and related domains; and
- High-priority multi-dimensional consulting projects on behalf of public- and social-sector organizations serving the educational and related needs of children.