Integrating 21st Century Skills into Teaching and Learning: Preparing All Students for Success in College, Career, and Life
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The Rennie Center for Education Research & Policy will present findings from their recent research report, A New Era of School Reform: Preparing All Students for Success in College, Career and......

The Rennie Center for Education Research & Policy will present findings from their recent research report, A New Era of School Reform: Preparing All Students for Success in College, Career and Life, that highlights the strategies Massachusetts superintendents, charter school leaders, principals and teachers are using to incorporate 21st century skills into teaching and learning in order to better prepare their students for postsecondary success. Presenters will provide examples that illustrate what the integration of 21st century skills looks like at the district, school and classroom levels.

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  • 1. Integrating 21st Century Skills into Teaching & Learning:Preparing All Students for Success in College, Career And LifeNational Partnership for Educational Access (NPEA)Third Annual ConferenceDeveloping 21st Century Leaders: Creating Paths to SuccessApril 29, 2011
    Lisa Famularo, Ph.D.
    Research Director
  • 2. Agenda
    1. Brainstorming activity
    2. Workshop learning goals
    3. Video clip of business perspective on 21st century skills
    4. Interactive presentation of findings from Rennie Center report “A New Era of Education Reform”
    5. Remarks from virtual panel
    Principal
    Superintendent
    6. Interactive discussion of implications for higher education
    7. Summary and discussion of key take-aways
  • 3. Workshop learning goals
    • Deepen your understanding of 21st century skills
    • 4. Increase your understanding of strategies for integrating 21st century skills into teaching and learning
    • 5. Explore how you can apply this information to your own settings
    • Video clip of Manager at Intel
    Business perspective on 21st century skills
  • 6. A New Era of Education Reform: Preparing All Students for Success in College, Career and Life
    (Fall 2010)
    Findings from our report
  • 7. Context, Purpose & Methods
  • 8. The public debate
  • 9. Purpose
    Inform the debate
    • Give voice to key education stakeholders who have not been part of the public debate about 21st century skills
    • 10. Provide clarity about what teaching and learning in schools and classrooms that incorporate 21st century skills looks like
  • Methods
    Phase 1: Statewide survey of school and district leaders
    • 155 superintendents/charter school leaders (52%)
    • 11. 375 principals (21% )
    Phase 2: Interviews in small sample of schools/districts
    • 9 superintendents
    • 12. 1 charter school leader
    • 13. 12 principals and 47 educators in 12 schools
  • Definition of 21st century skills
    21st century themes
    Learning & Innovation
    Life & Career
    Information, Media & Technology
    Global Awareness
    Creativity & Innovation
    Information
    Flexibility
    Adaptability
    Initiative
    Civic
    Self-direction
    Critical thinking & Problem solving
    Media
    Social skills
    Financial
    Productivity
    Accountability
    Communication & Collaboration
    Technology
    Health
    Leadership
    Responsibility
    Based on Partnership for 21st Century Skills (P21) Framework
  • 14. Definition of core content
    Core content areas
    English, reading and language arts
    Math
    Science
    History
    Government and Civics
    Geography
    Arts
    World Language
    Economics
    Based on Partnership for 21st Century Skills (P21) Framework
  • 15. Survey Findings
  • 16. Superintendents’ mean importance ratings
    1 to 5 scale where 1 means not at all important and 5 means extremely important
  • 17. Superintendents’ mean importance ratings
    1 to 5 scale where 1 means not at all important and 5 means extremely important
  • 18. District priorities
    Please see report for exact wording of survey questions
  • 19. Percentage of schools that include particular 21st century skills in their mission/vision
  • 20. School and district leaders’ opinions:21st century skills
  • 21. School and district leaders’ opinions:State support for 21st century skills
  • 22. Interview Findings
  • 23. School and district leaders
    Input from a range of stakeholders led districts to expand their mission and vision for student learning to include 21st century skills.
    Rather than adopt a pre-packaged set of 21st century skills, schools and districts focus on particular skills and competencies that fit the needs of their student body.
    Incorporating 21st century skills into teaching and learning is a process that takes time.
    Leaders create a culture of expectation that includes modeling of behavior and support.
  • 24. School and district leaders
    Teachers provide leadership that is essential for moving the integration of 21st century skills forward.
    “Home grown” experts provide in-house training, professional development and support for teachers.
    Technology is a teaching and learning tool.
    There is a new and emerging role of the library and the librarian.
  • 25. Educators
    Educators indicated that incorporating 21st century skills into the teaching of core content has a positive impact on student learning and engagement.
    Intentional integration of 21st century skills involves backward planning and taking students’ interests into consideration.
    Educators provide opportunities for students to apply their knowledge and skills in real world situations.
    Students are active collaborators in the teaching and learning process.
    Technology is a teaching and learning tool.
    21st century skills are assessed at the classroom level.
  • 26. Considerations for school and district leaders
    Engage key stakeholders in strategic planning.
    Empower teachers to lead the way.
    Learn from early-adopters and facilitate sharing among colleagues.
  • 27.
    • Principal of an urban middle school with a one-to-one laptop program
    • 28. Superintendent of a suburban district
    Remarks from virtual panel
  • 29.
    • Implications for higher education
    • 30. What are the key take-aways from this session?
    • 31. How can you apply what you learned today to your own setting?
    Discussion
  • 32. Thank you!
    For additional information, email or call:
    lfamularo@renniecenter.org
    617.354.0002 ext. 12
    For updates on Rennie Center research, follow me on twitter:
    @DrScootie