Your city realizes that in order to propel itself into the future, it must build upon its greatest asset--its children. In order to compete in an ever-changing economy, respond to disruptive technologies, and assimilate with a more interconnected world, the "City of the Future" requires a transformation of its education delivery. Doing so will not only bring a new generation of workers and thinkers into the city, but it will accelerate the impact that they can provide far beyond its boundaries.

Here is what it may look like:

Your city has prepared all students for the 21st Century economy. You have enjoyed many measurable benefits that come with producing better-educated citizens and higher-skilled workers. Your commitment to preparing the children for the new economy has led to trade and industry improvements at both the local and regional levels. Graduates are able to compete with the best on broader levels across all industries.

Emerging technologies have enabled your city to deliver education beyond the classroom. Additionally, a greater school-home connection has been forged through the use of these technologies. This has led to better educational outcomes for city youth as they prepare to compete at the top of the job market. This early exposure to such disruptive and innovative technologies not only improves educational outcomes, but also builds students that can thrive in tomorrow's world.

Innovative learning programs and advanced student management systems have contributed to better readiness of your children. You have implemented educational tools that provide your students with a more individualized course of study. In addition, by tracking students post-graduation, your city has been able to gain useful insights into poverty levels, job placement, earning potential and income that help to modify and improve its education delivery models.

City, education and business leaders must begin their work on education transformation by working together to create strategies to establish a strong foundation of educated children who will grow into responsible citizens that contribute to the betterment of society. By doing so, our young people will become the backbone of a highly trained and educated workforce on which our nation can rely for generations to come.

This 8-part series of articles, called the City of the Future, is intended to explore some of the fundamental areas of change that must be addressed to position our municipalities for the challenges that lie ahead in the early 21st Century. I invite you all to participate in the conversation. Together, we can effect change--if in no other way than at a grass roots level by helping our communities, where we live, to evolve.

The series concludes tomorrow with an article on improvements in the quality of life that can be expected within the City of the Future. Be sure to check it out here.



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Published on: Dec 10, 2014