Why do we think of lifelong learning as an “old people” thing?

by Tsiuwen Yeo

Lifelong learning is a term that many young and mid-career professionals instinctively shy away from, usually without stopping to consider why.

Think about it: the first two decades or so of our lives are spent in classrooms, where we try to (and are made to) absorb knowledge like a sponge with water. Also, acquiring deep skills is all the rage now, since five cabinet ministers confirmed its importance at the same time.

But education is probably the furthest thing from your mind when you’ve just spent a quarter of your life in classrooms. Perhaps that’s why younger folks tend to associate lifelong learning with older and more senior individuals – think recreational classes targeted at retirees.


KET: Dedicated to lifelong learning

Education has been at the heart of KET’s mission for nearly 50 years. We understand that an educated workforce is a key component to Kentucky’s economic success and viability.

KET is one of the largest public broadcasting networks in the nation and is used by more than 1 million people each week.


Making the Case for Community Schools

New Framework Brief and Messaging Guide

April 12, 2017

3:00-4:00 PM EST

Join us for a deep dive into new resources to make the case for community schools.

The Coalition’s new brief, Community Schools: A Whole-Child Framework for School Improvement, positions the community schools strategy as an effective option as the Every Student Succeeds Act moves toward implementation.

Learn about the new community schools framework and graphics, and how to advocate to your state and local leaders to include community schools in their ESSA plans.

Also learn about our new messaging guide, which will help you talk about community schools effectively to anyone including your neighbors, peers, and policymakers.


  • Mary Kingston Roche, Director of Public Policy, Coalition for Community Schools
  • LJ Wilson, Communications Coordinator, Coalition for Community Schools

Come with questions, insights, and ideas for our Q&A session after the presentation.

Hosted by the Coalition for Community Schools at the Institute for Educational Leadership

Register Here

New Community School Standards

The Coalition for Community Schools at the Institute for Educational Leadership is happy to announce the launching of our Community School Standards! The Standards are designed to engage and support the community schools movement as a standards-driven, evidence-based strategy to promote equity and educational excellence for each and every child.

Wondering why community schools standards are needed?

-To help new community schools more effectively develop and implement their plans;

-To assist existing community schools to strengthen the quality of their practice and document outcomes; and

-To provide a consistent language and framework for advocacy, technical assistance, research, funding and policy efforts.

Access the Standards Framework today! You can also use the Standards Assessment to see how well your community school is doing. The Assessment will help you identify areas that need improvement.

Scholarship for 2017 Summer Institute in San Antonio

March 2017–The Texas Community Education Foundation is offering to pay the registration fee of $395 for a limited number of individuals to attend the National School Public Relations Assoc. Conference, which will include a day-long workshop on Community Engagement.

See Session Schedule and Details here: http://houseal.net/TCEA2017/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Schedule2017.docx

More information on conference details at www.nspra.org

Applicant must be currently active in Community Education or Lifelong Learning in Texas. Scholarship is for conference registration fee only. TCEF reserves the right to award as many or few scholarships as it decides. Go here to download the application (doc).

Description of session from Bob Wittman, MN:

Registration Is Now Open

Registrations are now open at www.nspra.org. To register, go to the NSPRA.org website, link to Seminar, registration and then register for the Summer Institute for Community Ed and Engagement. The cost again this year is $395 for the three day experience.

Hotel Information Is Also Available

Information regarding our host hotel is also available, and if this year is like other recent years, rooms will go quickly. Even if you are still just thinking about going, I would try to secure a room as soon as possible.

The 2017 Theme: Be The Connection

Connecting your community for improved livability is at the core of your daily work. But how much effort do you dedicate to that mission?  Be The Connection is the focus of the 2017 Summer Institute for Community Education and Engagement. Join colleagues from across the nation that are pledging themselves to become community super-connectors. Being a super connector is about having a sincere desire to impact your community through connecting people and resources, sometimes with no direct benefit for yourself or your organization. The long-term payoff is that by being the connection, you influence real change in your community. Summer Institute facilitators will blend leadership discussion, best practices review, and practical tactical tips for you to Be The Connection in your community.

Our Comprehensive Program Is Attached

Attached is our 2017 Summer Institute for Community Education and Engagement Program for your review. We will continue to share more as additional information and further details become available.

Please Help Spread the Word

We are hoping you will help us spread the word and the distribute this information about his year’s Summer Institute to colleagues from your state and work networks. Thanks in advance for sharing this information and anything you can do to encourage others to join us.

Questions, Comments or Concerns?

We are so excited to share this information with you. Please let us know if you have any questions, comments or concerns.

Let Us Know If You Are Planning On Attending 

Once you register, let us know for we’ll be creating a group email of our participants in advance of the July Institute.

Looking forward to seeing everyone in San Antonio!

Bob Wittman
Director of Community Education
Wayzata Public Schools



Lifelong learning benefits everyone

It is said that the biggest room in the world is the room for improvement. We can all be a better student, worker, employer, child, spouse, parent or teacher, and lead more fulfilling lives.

Education imparts the conceptual frameworks for solving different problems and creating new ideas or products, while training provides the knowledge for tackling specific situations.

With information and communication technology, the world is now our biggest classroom (“E-learning can help Singaporeans learn more for less”; Feb 23).

We must relearn the same subject with a broader scope, at a deeper level and in context for it to be helpful and meaningful.


Jeb Bush encourages lifelong learning

Jeb Bush speaks Tuesday in Johnson Chapel at Amherst College.

During a speech at Amherst College, Jeb Bush’s last point was that the United States should encourage “a culture of lifelong learning, starting at the earliest levels.”

He urged a “customized” learning experience, “where children learn in their own path and their own way, where teachers manage the learning system in the classroom, but we gain growth every year — and that there’s no tolerance for passing kids along just because of their life circumstances.”

Read article: http://www.recorder.com/Jeb-Bush-speaks-at-Amherst-7836472