Getting Smart

Last Updated: 05/19/2024

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Getting Smart is a nonprofit intermediary organization that partners with K-12 schools, districts, and networks, as well as learning and philanthropic organizations. The organization focuses on collaborating with and advocating for impact-oriented partners committed to accelerating the future of teaching, leading, and learning.

The organization provides a range of tailored advisory, advocacy, and design solutions:

  • Mission: Amplifies and accelerates equitable innovations in learning that empower all people to build capacity, thrive, and lead in a complex world.
  • Vision: Create and support an education ecosystem that empowers all learners to thrive.

In 2022, Getting Smart kicked off the New Pathways campaign, a roadmap for American schools, where every learner, regardless of zip code, is on a pathway to productive citizenship, high wage employment and economic mobility, and a purpose-driven life. It is also exploring and guiding leaders on how access is expanded and personalized, how learning can be guided and supported, and how new capabilities are captured and communicated. When implemented these advances will unlock opportunities and narrow the equity gap.

The campaign is described in the April 12, 2023 blog article, Why Are New Pathways Essential? The approach recognizes that leading institutions and organizations across the nation are identifying pathways as a core component of a thriving economy and a missing piece from the K-12 experience. They posit that the new job of school is to help young people figure out who they are, what they’re good at, what they care about, and how/where to begin their contribution to their communities, to themselves, and to the world.

Getting Smart publishes frequent blogs, produces podcasts, conducts case studies, and maintains a Library of resources. An example is the April 2023 publication, Credentialed Learning for All, which is informing the New Pathways campaign.

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