Anthony Mackay

To our readers and members of the NCEE community,

At the beginning of the year we shared our ambition to further strengthen NCEE‘s thought leadership, convening power, advocacy and leadership capacity building to promote high-performing learning organizations and systems at the school, district, state and national levels.

With the support of our partners and colleagues across the education sector, we believe we have made significant progress in each of our 4 Strategic Priorities.

  1. Providing Research-Informed Policy and Implementation Advice

In 2019, our policy and implementation advice continued in the U.S. and internationally.

NCEE supported the Maryland Commission on Innovation and Excellence. The Commission’s recommendations represent a sea change in state-level systemic education reform.

Our partnership with the OECD and a select group of high-performing education systems in the “High Performing Systems for Tomorrow” Project is tackling complex and challenging issues about how public education systems can be designed to meet the challenges of a new world of learning and work in the age of artificial intelligence. Through these dialogues, NCEE is researching top systems and working with our colleagues on the design of high-performance systems of the future.  

  1. Empowering Leadership to Design and Implement High-Performing Systems

Our work with states, districts and schools to develop leadership capacity has deepened our system leadership work at multiple levels. NCEE is working with leaders at every level of the education system to move beyond instructional leadership to “system leadership” that involves the design of incentives, structures and supports to significantly lift student performance at scale for all young people. From Florida to California, NCEE’s provision of executive development continues to expand. 

  1. Advancing System Redesign with a New Education Reform Agenda Built for the 21st Century

Our preK-12 education reform policy agenda—embodied in our Message to America—has stimulated an emerging national dialogue on education and learning in the U.S. centered around system design and improvement.

  1. Looking to the Future of Education, Work and Life

Our Global Ed Talks, webinars and convenings have advanced the conversation around the future of learning and the future of work. These conversations inform our collective understanding of the learning that will be required across the public education system to ensure all young people graduate as “future-ready.” These students will have the capacity and commitment to be continuously “learning a living”—promoting both individual and collective wellbeing. 

Colleagues, we are looking forward to our continuing work together in 2020.

With warm good wishes for a wonderful festive season and New Year. 





Anthony Mackay