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In the news: Grable Foundation’s Behr shares Remake Learning at Lego conference in Denmark

Gregg Behr
May22/ 2016

Grable Foundation Executive Director Gregg Behr promoted the Remake Learning Network and our region’s ascendancy as a center of future-facing learning at the Lego’s Idea Conference in Billund, Denmark, last month. After meeting Forbes.com contributor Jordan Shapiro at the event, the two delved into a conversation about education, community and local efforts to remake learning.

As reported in a Q&A between Behr and Shapiro on Forbes.com, the Remake Learning Network leverages the community’s collective wisdom to address education problems.

Shapiro quotes Behr as saying:

“Kids today are bombarded with a wealth of information, which they can access on unique new tools and devices. They are tasked with making sense of complex content and events, and acquiring skill sets that will position them for success in a competitive global economy.”

“The world is shifting at an incredible clip, and there is no telling exactly what kind of challenges our kids will face or what problems they will need to solve. But it is probably safe to assume that critical thinking, creativity and collaboration will continue to be vital skills for the 21st century. Therefore, we have to remake learning to foster resiliency, curiosity and initiative.”

Behr describes the Remake Learning Network as a coalition of over 250 schools, museums, libraries and community institutions that support learning anytime, anyplace.

“Through these partnerships, we’ve created an ecosystem of learning for our children and youth. We’ve constructed hundreds of innovative labs, experiences and spaces where, say, teachers can talk with coders; where students can learn from makers and gamers; and where opportunities for building 21st-century skills are available to students from diverse socioeconomic backgrounds.”

Behr explains that by giving young people room to pursue their passions, they can apply what they learn in school to their lives and relationships.

“If we get it right, we might finally put our young learners at the center,” Behr concludes.

Read Shapiro’s full Q&A with Behr here.