Some key points to Director Glass' vision for the future of education in Iowa include:
- Shifting away from the industrial model of education--having less reliance on seat time and Carnegie Units as the structural basis for our schools
- Making the "human capital system" in education more effective. Director Glass would like to encourage districts to change the way they evaluate teachers. Evaluations should include a variety of data, including student growth, parent input, student input, observation. Standardized test scores should only be a small part of the data.
- Creating a coalition of "Radical Moderates" to walk the middle ground in educational reform. He feels strongly that we need to walk the path between those who fight to keep the status quo and those want to abolish public education in favor of charter schools.
To read or comment on his thoughts about education, visit his blog, Education Elements. Follow Jason Glass on Twitter @jasonglassIA
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