Future of Learning Initiative

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FLI@SJSU brings together educators, researchers, and policymakers from across early childhood, K-12, and higher education sectors to reimagine learning. The traditional model of American schooling, built for a factory-based economy, does not align with the needs of our imagination age, nor does it adequately address concerns about equitable-access to the high quality education needed in our diverse, democratic society. FLI@SJSU incubates innovation to identify and highlight “what works” in diverse educational ecosystems.


Spring 2020 Future of Learning Events

SJSU Faces of Learning Project

This arts-based research initiative is designed to elicit student voices to provide insights into learning experiences at SJSU.  A group of SJSU undergraduate student researchers have met with students in the Fall 2019 and Spring 2020 semesters to get a deeper understanding of their learning experiences.

Faculty Research Symposium

Thu. | Apr. 23 | 12-12:30pm | Zoom webinar

SJSU Lurie College of Education faculty, staff, students, alumni, and friends are invited to attend this event, which will showcase several Lurie College faculty and the impact of their research related to the future of learning.

Special Education Intern Institute

Math Networked Improvement Community

The MathNIC@SJSU will bring together math educators from local high schools, community colleges, and SJSU to explore common problems of practice as we seek to strengthen student learning and close opportunity gaps in mathematics achievement. Using an improvement science approach, participants will focus on a clear aim, work to gain a deeper understanding of the challenge(s) presented, and collaborate to design, test, and refine approaches that enhance student learning and improve mathematical understanding.

Arun Ramanathan

Fireside Chat with Arun Ramanathan, CEO of Pivot Learning

Dr. Arun Ramanathan has a stellar track record of leading and growing education organizations. For the past five years, he has served as the CEO of Pivot Learning, an Oakland, California based nonprofit that annually works with over 100 high-need school districts in 16 states. Pivot’s mission is to partner with educators to design and implement solutions to their greatest challenges in achieving educational justice in areas including curriculum implementation, special education reform, and secondary school redesign.  Arun was also one of the keynote speakers at the Lurie College of Education's Future of Learning Summit during the Fall 2019 semester - listen to his talk below!


2019 Future of Learning Summit

Wed. | Nov. 13 | SJSU Student Union Theater

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At this Summit, attendees and speakers engaged in a dialogue about how we learn today and consider how teaching and learning can and should evolve in the years ahead. Listen to the podcasts below to learn about the visions for the future of learning from many of the summit attendees! Additionally:

  • Read the coverage by the SJSU Newsroom on the Lurie College blog!
  • Listen to all of the talks from the Future of Learning Summit below!
  • Share your vision for the future of learning with at least 1 person and encourage at least 1 person to share their vision with someone else!
  • Join the conversation on social media by using the hashtag #SJSUFutureLearn on TwitterLinkedIn, or Instagram!

Speaker 1 | Laura Quintana - Vice-President of Corporate Affairs, Cisco
Listen to Laura discuss how she learned to converse with adults as a child, what's needed to prepare for the jobs of the future, and more!

Speaker 2 | Sabrina Dao - 7th Grade Student, Ocala STEAM Academy
Listen to Sabrina discuss preparing for the future, overcoming stereotypes, and more!

Speaker 3 | Vivian Vu - B.S. Degree Candidate, SJSU
Listen to Vivian discuss personal adversity, caring educators, and more!


Speaker 4 | Arun Ramanathan - CEO, Pivot Learning Partners
Listen to Arun Ramanathan, CEO of Pivot Learning Partners, discuss his vision for a world without labels!


Speaker 5 | Shar Naidu - Master's Degree Candidate, SJSU
Listen to Shar discuss creativity, pizza, and more!


Speaker 6 | Ellen Middaugh - Assistant Professor of Child and Adolescent Development, SJSU
Listen to Ellen discuss her vision for the future of learning to practice democracy!


Speaker 7 | Kent McGuire - Program Director of Education, William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
Listen to Kent discuss his vision for the future of deeper learning!


Speaker 8 | Christopher Cabaldon - Hazel Cramer Endowed Chair and Professor of Public Policy & Administration, Sacramento State University
Listen to Christopher discuss the future of people, defining learning, and more!


Speaker 9 | Valerie Lundy-Wagner - Senior Research Analyst, California Competes
Listen to Valerie discuss who deserves to learn!


Speaker 10 | Irene Castillón - Assistant Principal/History Teacher, Cristo Rey San José Jesuit High School, and SJSU Lurie College Alumni
Listen to Irene discuss disrupting systemic barriers in education!