Release date: August, 2011
This document is one of three reports produced in response to a request from a bi-partisan
group of California Legislators, which asked CCST to assess the state's innovation 'ecosystem' and offer a specific list of recommendations for legislators to enhance the state's ability to foster
and benefit from innovation.
To prepare its response to the Legislators'
request, CCST convened a series of roundtables with academic, industry and research leaders across
the state in late 2010 to seek their input on the challenges faced by California and possible
solutions that could be achieved by building from California's S&T capacity. From these meetings,
CCST identified two key strategies essential to achieve this task:
Developing and leveraging public-private partnerships linking California's assets in education,
research, technology, finance, and philanthropy to create social and technical innovations that
competitors with less complete infrastructure cannot match.
- Enlisting California's
international competitiveness by enlisting California's S&T community in finding solutions to two of
the State's major challenges, education and water.
In this report, CCST proposes that California's 21st century
learning environment be grounded in digital
learning, transforming schools into "incubators
of learning and innovation." The skills
and competencies gained in these learning
environments would be directly applicable to
the workplace. These incubators would be
characterized by student access to technology;
personalized learning; use of on-line content;
assessment and accountability; and an overall
learning environment sensitive to and grounded in
the digital age.