On May 28–29, 2013, the U.S. Department of Education, along with the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, convened Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and other thought leaders for an action-oriented gathering on reimagining American education.

Reimagining Education explored how we can:

  • Develop learning experiences that better connect in- and out-of-school learning
  • Better connect all students to their passions, peers, communities and careers
  • Redesign our nation’s high schools to prepare our students for a connected world

Reimagining Education was the starting point for an ongoing conversation about how to create a learning approach designed for our times. Use the resources below to revisit the ideas that emerged during the two-day summit.

Watch the Videos

Standout speakers. Six key speakers including Arne Duncan, John Seeley Brown and Joi Ito were captured on video (at right).

Day 1 Live. The first day of the summit was covered live by CSPAN. Video is available in the CSPAN archives here:

  • Panel 1. “The Context: What’s Changing and What It Means for Learning.” Watch Here
  • Panel 2. “Bigger Thinking About Thinking Big.” Watch Here

Education Nation. NBC News Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent Andrea Mitchell participated in the summit. Two segments aired on Education Nation.

  • Interview with Arne Duncan. Mitchell speaks with U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan about reinventing high school in an increasingly digital world.
  • Youth Panel. Three students and Chris Paul, NBA All-Star and education advocate, joined Mitchell to explore the links between the classroom and activities outside of school.

You can see both segments on the Education Nation website. Watch Here

For Visual Learners

The summit was captured in graphics by Emily Shepard for Collaborative Communications. Scroll through the collection or click on each image to see a full-sized version.

  • The Context
  • 2.Ito_.Innovation
  • 3.Perspectives
  • 4.ThinkingBig
  • 5.YouthPanel
  • 6.FromtheField
  • Reflection
  • 8.Day2Opening
  • 9.SettingStage
  • 10.Marketpace.Ideas_ (1)