Our Vision

Every child should have access to the services, supports, and opportunities—from cradle-to-career—that enable them to thrive.

Rethinking Education in America

Decades of education reform in the U.S. have focused on changing what happens within the walls of our schools to level the playing field and offer all young people the preparation they need to thrive as adults.


Yet, our schools have been unable to deliver on the promise of American public education—excellence and equity for all. If we think of 'education' as all that prepares young people to thrive as adults, what happens in the classroom is just one piece of the puzzle. Our vision for the future of education redefines the meaning to encompass all the necessary supports and opportunities from birth to adulthood.

Infographic of Pipeline: Empowered Families, out of school enrichment, early childhood development, k-12 success, college & career sucess, Healthcare and Mental Health Support, Access to Social Capital

Illustration adapted from the Forum for Youth Investment.

Cradle to Career Pipeline:
Personalized Supports and Opportunities

The Education Redesign Lab partners with mayors, superintendents, and civic and community leaders to build integrated education and child development systems able to accelerate positive outcomes for low-income children. Those systems include access to early childhood education, ongoing health and mental health services, after-school and summer enrichment programs, college and career supports, and social networks that expand access to college, jobs, and upward mobility. This illustration depicts the components of an education system—a pipeline of supports—that delivers on that promise.

 

Our Work and Our Vision

 

In this video, EdRedesign founding director Paul Reville explains the mission of EdRedesign: advancing a new, more holistic model for American education and ensuring that all children in the U.S., particularly those living in poverty, are given the opportunity to succeed in education and life. The video was produced by WSIU Public Broadcasting, a service of Southern Illinois University.