The goals for higher education today are already big, and growing. From deeper learning to increased relevance and employability to improved access, success, and equity outcomes for striving students, there are not many institutions, regions, states, or nations setting the education bar low. As policy, practice, tool and technology innovation against these outcomes continues, what is also growing is the need for continuing development of skill sets in educators—at all levels—to help lead education forward.
Especially needed are educators who understand the complex interplays between desired outcomes—e.g., how does deeper learning connect with career outcomes and civic participation; educators who have been exposed to new ideas as well as important traditions; educators willing to take a fresh look at hard data regarding what’s working and what’s not; educators ready and able to engage the delicate dance between policy, practice, funding, systems and culture.
Mark Milliron, Chief Learning Officer, Civitas Learning
An award-winning leader, author, speaker, and consultant, Mark serves as the Executive Director of the Next Generation Leadership Academy. He has worked with universities, community colleges, K-12 schools, foundations, corporations, associations, and government agencies across the country and around the world. As Co-founder and Chief Learning Officer at Civitas Learning, he is involved in all areas of the company’s development, especially helping catalyze a thriving learning community around analytics and student success initiatives with partner institutions. He serves on numerous corporate, nonprofit, education boards, and advisory groups, including the Texas Student Success Council. Most recently, Mark was named to the 2016 Chronicle of Higher Education List of Top Tech Innovators.