Transformative 21st c. Education: A Results Driven Approach

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Transformative 21st c. Education: A Results Driven Approach

  1. 1. Closing The Global Achievement Gap: Transformative 21 st century education Jonathan Martin Head of School St. Gregory College Preparatory School
  2. 2. A Year in My Life 2008 <ul><li>A blog project: 21 st century education, 21 schools, 60 books </li></ul><ul><li>What Students need to Learn </li></ul><ul><li>How best can they Learn it. </li></ul>
  3. 3. The 21 st century challenge <ul><li>Outsourcing </li></ul><ul><li>Abundance </li></ul><ul><li>Automation </li></ul><ul><li>Internet Information </li></ul>                
  4. 4. Tony Wagner, The Global Achievement Gap <ul><li>Our High School Students are not learning what they need to learn </li></ul><ul><li>We need new expectations, new measurements, & new learning environments </li></ul>
  5. 5. Defining a 21 st century education
  6. 6. Defining a 21 st century education
  7. 7. The Skills our Students Require
  8. 8. Serious about Skills (and Knowledge)
  9. 9. Tony Wagner, The Global Achievement Gap <ul><li>Seven Survival Skills </li></ul><ul><li>1. Critical Thinking and Problem Solving </li></ul><ul><li>2. Collaboration Across Networks and Leading by Influence   </li></ul><ul><li>3. Agility and Adaptability </li></ul><ul><li>4. Initiative and Entrepreneurship   </li></ul><ul><li>5. Effective Oral and Written Communication </li></ul><ul><li>6. Accessing and Analyzing Information </li></ul><ul><li>7. Curiosity and Imagination </li></ul>
  10. 10. Ultimately? <ul><li>Leadership and effective collaboration </li></ul>
  11. 11. I Inquisitiveness, Innovation and Creativity
  12. 12. Real-World Problem solving
  13. 13. Shadow-Blogging 21 High Schools Wagner: The important question is what’s going on in classrooms? In order to really understand what’s happening in classrooms, you need to observe teaching and learning in lots of schools.
  14. 14. Active, Engaged, Learning <ul><li>Students Learn Best by Doing </li></ul><ul><li>More than ever today, Kids expect to be engaged and creative doers in school. </li></ul><ul><li>They are inspired most by real world problems, and they learn most when tackling complex problems </li></ul><ul><li>Our classrooms must be laboratories and studios where students inquire, test, experiment, and produce. </li></ul>
  15. 15. Active, Engaged Learning <ul><li>From Douglass Reeves: </li></ul><ul><li>We need classrooms which feature: </li></ul><ul><li>problem solving rather than recitation, </li></ul><ul><li>collaboration rather than isolation, </li></ul><ul><li>creativity rather than regurgitation, and </li></ul><ul><li>critical analysis rather than memorization, </li></ul>
  16. 16. How Transform our Schools? By Measuring the Right Outcomes… and Taking our Results Seriously
  17. 17. Conventional Academic Measurement <ul><li>SAT Scores </li></ul><ul><li>Grade level standardized testing results </li></ul><ul><li>AP Scores: St. Gregory student Arizona AP Scholar </li></ul><ul><li>But not alone! “Life is not a multiple choice test,” and we need students to recognize that “the most important skill in the New World of Work is the ability to ask the right question, not select the right answer.” </li></ul>
  18. 18. Measure Higher Order Thinking Skills <ul><li>Rand Corp. designed </li></ul><ul><li>300 Colleges </li></ul><ul><li>OECD adoption </li></ul><ul><li>Critical thinking </li></ul><ul><li>Analytic Reasoning </li></ul><ul><li>Written Communication </li></ul><ul><li>Problem-Solving </li></ul>
  19. 19. College Completion <ul><li>The Million Dollar Difference </li></ul>
  20. 20. Student Engagement
  21. 22. Reporting to Students on Goals beyond Grades <ul><li>Effort and Perseverance Habits </li></ul><ul><li>Integrity </li></ul><ul><li>Leadership Skills </li></ul><ul><li>Communication Skills </li></ul><ul><li>Thinking Skills: Critical, Analytic, and Inquisitive </li></ul><ul><li>Innovation Skills </li></ul><ul><li>Complex, real-world, problem-solving skills </li></ul>
  22. 23. Publishing and Presenting <ul><li>Old fashioned Science Experiments </li></ul><ul><li>Academic and Technological Contests and Competitions </li></ul><ul><li>Blogging and websites </li></ul><ul><li>Learning evaluated by outside of school notice, feedback, and appreciation </li></ul>
  23. 24. Tony Wagner, Speaking at St. Gregory 7:00pm, March 31 Free and Open to Public RSVP at stgregoryschool.org
  24. 25. www.21k12blog.net

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