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An Innovation Framework for Holistic School Transformation: Ten Critical Conversations for the 21st Century

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EdMedia + Innovate Learning, in Tampere, Finland ISBN 978-1-939797-08-7 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC


Abstract: Meeting individual and community needs in many schools requires complex holistic transformation. Using technology as the only solution will not solve these challenges. Even when introduced in schools with the necessary physical infrastructure, simply giving each learner a computer will typically not produce superior learning without additional changes in the nature of the school's teaching, learning and assessment practices. Effective change requires a more holistic approach to completely transform the learning experience of the learners and the broad outcomes of schooling. To guide these changes, an Innovation Framework was proposed and examined in a recent symposium by over 100 education leaders, policy makers and officials within Ministries of Education from countries around the world. This paper provides the research basis for the framework and a summary of the framework’s application by education leaders at national, regional and school levels.


Cavanaugh, C., McCarthy, A. & East, M. (2014). An Innovation Framework for Holistic School Transformation: Ten Critical Conversations for the 21st Century. In J. Viteli & M. Leikomaa (Eds.), Proceedings of EdMedia 2014--World Conference on Educational Media and Technology (pp. 1560-1569). Tampere, Finland: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved March 23, 2019 from .

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