Education Week’s Tom Vander Ark describes ten benefits of the shift to digital learning, including the ability to personalize learning in line with Education Reimagined’s vision for 21st century education.
Today (November 3, 2015), Convergence is featured in “The Art of Getting Opponents to ‘We'”, an article by David Bornstein in the Opinionator blog of the New York Times.
The focus of the piece is on Convergence’s approach to problem-solving as highlighted by the successes of our Education Reimagined initiative and our Project on Nutrition and Wellness. The piece asks: “How can any people with divergent beliefs hope to solve problems together when they rarely talk with one another?”
The article goes on to answer this question, taking perspectives from a number of people involved with our projects and Convergence as a whole, noting: “Since its founding in 2009, [Convergence] has been quietly connecting people with different priorities, beliefs and political leanings to build trust and foster relationships, so they can find pathways for cooperative action… The process requires skill to manage, but it’s not magical. Convergence has shown it can be repeated with reliable consistency.”
We are humbled and pleased to receive this level of attention to our work, which makes the case for why Convergence’s approach is timely and important.
Please read the article here: http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/11/03/the-art-of-getting-opponents-to-we/
In “The War On Partisanship”, Rebecca Nelson, White House Correspondent for the National Journal describes where Convergence fits within the field of organizations working to promote bipartisanship in a variety of ways:
In a similar vein to BPC, the Convergence Center for Policy Resolution brings together stakeholders to dive deep into long-term projects—tackling everything from education to U.S.-Pakistan relations. Maja Kristin, a former litigator in California and Convergence Center board member who has given close to $1 million to the nonprofit’s efforts, calls that process “magic.” She experienced it herself, she says, during a meeting on nutrition and wellness with Richard Land, president of the Southern Evangelical Seminary. “I’m an old feminist,” Kristin told me, explaining that she knew she wouldn’t agree with Land on abortion rights. But listening to him talk about how obesity was affecting the poor in his home state, she realized, “We may not agree on one subject, but boy, we can make headway on this other subject.”
Read the full article here: http://www.nationaljournal.com/s/91684/war-partisanship?mref=home
In “Expanding the Vision of ADR”, Bruce Edwards (recent chairman of the board of directors of JAMS and cofounder of the Edwards Mediation Academy), describes new visions and applications for alternative dispute resolution and highlights the work of Convergence.
Marta Segal Block on HigherEdJobs queries: “What would happen if you put Giséle Huff of the Libertarian Jaquelin Hume Foundation in a room with Lily Eskelen-Garcia, president of the NEA, and told them to figure out the education problem in the United States? Apparently, after two years, it just might work.”
In “20 Ways Education Will Improve by 2020″, Tom Vander Ark from Education Week describes a number of trends and opportunities in K-20 education that will improve in the next five years, and how Education Reimagined’s vision for education fits in.
The Lehigh Valley Business Journal highlights the Six O’Clock Scramble Fresh and Fast Family Dinner Kits pilot in Bethlehem, PA. This was made possible thanks to a collaboration between Convergence’s Project on Nutrition and Wellness, and the National Association of Convenience Stores, among others.