In this episode, Step Up For Students President Doug Tuthill talks with Julie Young, vice president of education outreach and student services at Arizona State University and managing director of Arizona State University’s Prep Academy and ASU Prep Digital. Young, who has been celebrated as an education disruptor for nearly three decades, was founding CEO and president of Florida Virtual School, the world’s first statewide virtual school and one of the nation’s largest K-12 online educator providers.
The longtime friends share a fascinating discussion about the future of public education in the wake of a global pandemic. Both believe the shifts that have occurred have accelerated change, making competency-based education the “new normal” by default. They also discuss the crucial role of virtual reality technology as it relates to the competency-based model. Both Young and Tuthill remember teaching in classrooms 15 minutes from the beach populated by students who had never been there and discuss how virtual reality can end such inequities.
Young: “We’re not going back to the old normal, and we’re creating our new normal. And our new normal will be to offer families choices.”
· What we can learn from the sudden shift to digital learning and how parents took control in structuring their learning and working days
· The empowerment that occurs when parents plan curriculum and how COVID-19 has allowed them to watch how their kids learn
· How virtual reality can level the equity playing field, giving more children greater and personalized access to understanding what the world is like
· How assessments will change and combine, creating an experience based on the needs of each learner
· How the role of teachers will shift in this new environment