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MakeKnowledge is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that works to create ecosystems of opportunity in education.

How can you create ecosystems of opportunity in K-12 education?

In the current popular imagination, the way to create change in education is to seek the “disruption” of “broken systems.” It is starting from scratch, with new schools (charter or micro, public or independent), new forms of schooling (online, corporate-owned), or just new administrators cleaning house and starting over. To be sure, there are many problems in K-12 education, and most of these have been well documented by scholars and practitioners.

Our view is that schools — being made of people, and made to serve people — are not ever perfect systems, but capable of learning and improving and innovating. Broken systems do not need disruption so much as fixing. And almost all schools are capable of building a culture of innovation to benefit all their constituents.