Future of Learning

Carnegie is working to reimagine the educational landscape to promote engaging, rigorous, and equitable learning experiences for all young people. New tools, designs, and modalities are needed to provide students with richer, more engaging learning opportunities inside and outside of the classroom and schoolhouse.

The Carnegie Unit or ‘credit hour’ has been in existence since 1906 and plays an instrumental role in almost every aspect of American schooling, K-16. However, the most convincing learning science makes clear that our time-based model of schooling is insufficient. It is past time to catalyze educational transformation and build a new system that allows competency-based learning to happen anywhere. It is imperative that we rethink how knowledge, skills, and dispositions are acquired and measured to prepare young people for career and postsecondary success.

We are undertaking our work on the future of learning in close partnership with the XQ Institute. Over the next decade, we will incubate, launch, and support efforts to further the development of a “post-Carnegie-Unit” ecosystem; establish policy frameworks for districts, states, and the federal government to incent and support promising alternatives to time-based models of learning and attainment; and bring improvement methods and tools to bear to better the work.


Timothy Knowles and Russlynn Ali

2022 Summit Opening Keynote with Timothy Knowles and Russlynn Ali

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