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  • 1. CONGRATULATIONS AND WELCOME 2011 TEACHERS OF THE YEAR Gene Wilhoit Council of Chief State School Officers
  • 2. Schooling in the United States was created at an earlier time in our history…
    • It is NOT designed to:
        • graduate all students
        • ensure equity and excellence for all
        • educate to high levels
  • 3. Game Changers If our children are to succeed in a world that is increasingly diverse, globalized, and technology-rich , they require learning experiences and environments for learning that are radically different from those the current system was designed to deliver.
  • 4. The demographics
    • As of July 1, 2006, Baby Boomers age 42 to 60 totaled an estimated 78.0 million and comprised 26.1 percent of the total U.S. population.
    • (Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Population Estimates)
    • As children of the baby boomers, this group is predicted to make up the bulk of the U.S. population within 20 years. Gen Y ranges in size from 72 million to 78 million people nationwide and 2 billion worldwide.
    • (Source: According to a 2005 study by RMG Connect, an international specialist in relationship marketing)
    • One in three echo boomers (the children of baby boomers) is non-Caucasian, one in four is from a single-parent home, and three in four have working mothers.”
    • (Source: According to a 2005 study by RMG Connect, an international specialist in relationship marketing)
  • 5. Demographics Future Supply of College Graduates
  • 6. Globalization
      • We live in a global community which is interdependent and is knowledge-based—students must understand and master this new world
      • “ When I was growing up in Minneapolis, my parents always said, “Tom, finish your dinner. There are people starving in China and India.” Today I tell my girls, “Finish your homework, because people in China and India are starving for your jobs.” And in a flat world, they can have them, because there’s no such thing as an American job anymore.”
      • (Source: Tom Freidman / http://mitworld.mit.edu/video/266/ )
  • 7. Technology
    • “ An analysis of the history of technology shows that technological change is exponential … we won't experience 100 years of progress in the 21st century—it will be more like 20,000 years of progress (at today's rate).” 
    • Kurzweil and  The Law of Accelerating Returns
  • 8. A New Challenge
    • Graduate virtually ALL students
        • Not 70%-75%, the current average graduation rate
        • Not 40%-50%, the average in lowest performing schools………
  • 9. IF YOU FIND YOURSELF
  • 10. CCSSO’s Strategic Initiatives
      • What if we….
      • set high and consistent standards for learning across the states
      • build better assessments to measure success
      • design new accountability systems that drive innovation and improvement
      • create dynamic technology-based information systems to support teaching/learning, policymaking and public reporting
      • redesign the systems of supports for our teachers and leaders
      • imagine a next generation learning environment focused on individualized learning
  • 11. Standards, Assessment, Accountability
    • We are getting the standards right (Common Core State Standards)
    • They are premised on high expectations for all children (college and career ready, internationally benchmarked)
    • They are shared across states (45 states and counting)
    • They are voluntary and developed by states (not federally set or driven)
    • They are clearer, few and higher (understandable and teachable)
    • They are not the curriculum (how one teaches and how one learns is locally determined)
  • 12. Standards, Assessment, Accountability
    • If we expect students to apply knowledge, think critically, apply learning within the context of prior knowledge, create new environments and find solutions to persistent problems; we must improve the ways we assess their learning.
    • We can not expect to understand student learning through a yearly multiple choice test administered from afar.
  • 13. Standards, Assessment, Accountability
    • Two multi-state consortia are developing next generation comprehensive assessment SYSTEMS to measure student learning.
        • Partnership for the Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC)
        • SMARTER Balanced Assessment Consortium (Smarter)
  • 14. Education Workforce
    • Every aspect of the system is open for revision (recruitment, preparation, induction, professional growth, working conditions, compensation, evaluation, rewards)
    • Assumes greater responsibility with increased autonomy to practice
  • 15. Tough Questions…
    • How do we keep teachers accountable to produce success?
    • Is teacher evaluation based on student performance fair?
    • What evidence do you need to support this?
    • How can policy support teachers and students?
  • 16. Information Systems and Research
    • Every state is shoring up its technology capacity. (Data Quality Campaign)
    • Every state has individual student identifier system
    • P-12 is tying to higher education
    • We are moving to provide rich data resources to support teaching and learning
  • 17. Next Generation Learners
    • We are approaching this as a learning issue, not a schooling issue
    • We start with the idea that every youngster is provided an individualized/customized learning journey.
    • We bring to them worthy learning to prepare them for success
    • We measure via performance as opposed to learning time
    • We listen to student voices and expect more responsibility
  • 18. Next Generation Learners
    • We provide more choices and options, project-based learning, experiential learning
    • We provide just-in-time diagnosis and aggressive intervention
    • We move to anytime, every where context
    • We are dependent on technology as primary learning tool.
    • We call upon diverse group of adults to serve in multiple support roles
  • 19. Coming Together For a Brighter Future www.ccsso.org Follow us on twitter @ccsso