Next-Generation Badging to Improve Education for All


A Call to More Equitable Learning
There are well known and documented challenges with the current approach for measuring, recording, and reporting K–12 student learning. These challenges include failure to provide much information about the competencies mastered by students, a lack of transparency, and poor capture of out-of-school learning and interdisciplinary competencies.

The time has come for a transformational paradigm change that supports uniting excellence and equity by advancing our capacity to personalize learning.
Researchers at the Edmond and Lily Safra Center for Ethics are working on a new proposed framework for the next generation of badging to address the issues that hindered broad adoption of this approach in the past. Led by Dr. Danielle Allen and David Kidd, the team conducted a thorough review of the literature and spoke with education thought leaders and practitioners from across the country. The results of the team’s research and thinking will be released in a whitepaper at the end of Summer 2022. Check back for the whitepaper and additional information.

Funded by the Silicon Valley Community Foundation
Contact: Dr. David Kidd
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The Democratic Knowledge Project is an initiative of the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University.