‘Talking out of School’ podcast: Addressing a complexity of needs

Transforming K12 into a more fully student-centered system is the wicked problem facing public schools, says Robin Lake, director of the Center on Reinventing Public Education.

Robin Lake
Robin Lake

The future-focused research organization, which is based at Arizona State University, has been studying ways to build an education system that’s more resilient and flexible in the face of weather cancellations, disease outbreaks and other substantial disruptions that are becoming ever more common, Lake says on the latest episode of District Administration’s “Talking Out of School” podcast.

“How do we address the complexity of needs, not just the academic needs of kids, but mental health and the other skills for the 21st century?” Lake posits. “The challenge everybody runs into is how do you measure these things and still keep your eye on the core work of schooling, which is academic preparation. It’s tricky territory.”

The Center on Reinventing Public Education’s reports have been an important resource for District Administration and our readers over the years. In the podcast, Lake also provides a sneak preview of the organization’s forthcoming releases on AI and strategic staffing, and its annual State of the American Student report.

You can listen to the full podcast below, on Apple, Podbean or Spotify.

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