SHELTON'S NOT-SO-NEW GIG: Jim Shelton has been a mainstay at the Department of Education since joining as assistant deputy secretary for innovation and improvement in March 2009. (He was previously with the Gates Foundation and NewSchools Venture Fund.) Since the spring, Shelton has been "acting" deputy secretary. Now the White House has formally nominated Shelton for the role. Shelton has always been refreshingly frank about the role of education and change. Just about a year ago, EdSurge sat down with Shelton for a 1:1. (Here's the interview). Among his points:
"Anytime we do innovation work, the expectation is that we will hit bumps in the road in terms of how people actually try to accomplish the goal...The desire to get to personalization isn’t to promote one model, but to figure out how we accomplish this goal in a way that is rooted in research. Schools need to make the decisions to ensure the best outcomes for their students..."
Expect to see more research ahead.