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Transforming education

  1. 1. CONGRATULATIONS AND WELCOME 2011 TEACHERS OF THE YEAR Gene Wilhoit Council of Chief State School Officers
  2. 2. Schooling in the United States was created at an earlier time in our history… <ul><li>It is NOT designed to: </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>graduate all students </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>ensure equity and excellence for all </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>educate to high levels </li></ul></ul></ul>
  3. 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. 4. The demographics <ul><li>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. </li></ul><ul><li>(Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Population Estimates) </li></ul><ul><li>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. </li></ul><ul><li>(Source: According to a 2005 study by RMG Connect, an international specialist in relationship marketing) </li></ul><ul><li>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.” </li></ul><ul><li>(Source: According to a 2005 study by RMG Connect, an international specialist in relationship marketing) </li></ul>
  5. 5. Demographics Future Supply of College Graduates
  6. 6. Globalization <ul><ul><li>We live in a global community which is interdependent and is knowledge-based—students must understand and master this new world </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ 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.” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>(Source: Tom Freidman / ) </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Technology <ul><li>“ 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).”  </li></ul><ul><li>Kurzweil and  The Law of Accelerating Returns </li></ul>
  8. 8. A New Challenge <ul><li>Graduate virtually ALL students </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Not 70%-75%, the current average graduation rate </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Not 40%-50%, the average in lowest performing schools……… </li></ul></ul></ul>
  10. 10. CCSSO’s Strategic Initiatives <ul><ul><li>What if we…. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>set high and consistent standards for learning across the states </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>build better assessments to measure success </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>design new accountability systems that drive innovation and improvement </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>create dynamic technology-based information systems to support teaching/learning, policymaking and public reporting </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>redesign the systems of supports for our teachers and leaders </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>imagine a next generation learning environment focused on individualized learning </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. Standards, Assessment, Accountability <ul><li>We are getting the standards right (Common Core State Standards) </li></ul><ul><li>They are premised on high expectations for all children (college and career ready, internationally benchmarked) </li></ul><ul><li>They are shared across states (45 states and counting) </li></ul><ul><li>They are voluntary and developed by states (not federally set or driven) </li></ul><ul><li>They are clearer, few and higher (understandable and teachable) </li></ul><ul><li>They are not the curriculum (how one teaches and how one learns is locally determined) </li></ul>
  12. 12. Standards, Assessment, Accountability <ul><li>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. </li></ul><ul><li>We can not expect to understand student learning through a yearly multiple choice test administered from afar. </li></ul>
  13. 13. Standards, Assessment, Accountability <ul><li>Two multi-state consortia are developing next generation comprehensive assessment SYSTEMS to measure student learning. </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Partnership for the Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>SMARTER Balanced Assessment Consortium (Smarter) </li></ul></ul></ul>
  14. 14. Education Workforce <ul><li>Every aspect of the system is open for revision (recruitment, preparation, induction, professional growth, working conditions, compensation, evaluation, rewards) </li></ul><ul><li>Assumes greater responsibility with increased autonomy to practice </li></ul>
  15. 15. Tough Questions… <ul><li>How do we keep teachers accountable to produce success? </li></ul><ul><li>Is teacher evaluation based on student performance fair? </li></ul><ul><li>What evidence do you need to support this? </li></ul><ul><li>How can policy support teachers and students? </li></ul>
  16. 16. Information Systems and Research <ul><li>Every state is shoring up its technology capacity. (Data Quality Campaign) </li></ul><ul><li>Every state has individual student identifier system </li></ul><ul><li>P-12 is tying to higher education </li></ul><ul><li>We are moving to provide rich data resources to support teaching and learning </li></ul>
  17. 17. Next Generation Learners <ul><li>We are approaching this as a learning issue, not a schooling issue </li></ul><ul><li>We start with the idea that every youngster is provided an individualized/customized learning journey. </li></ul><ul><li>We bring to them worthy learning to prepare them for success </li></ul><ul><li>We measure via performance as opposed to learning time </li></ul><ul><li>We listen to student voices and expect more responsibility </li></ul>
  18. 18. Next Generation Learners <ul><li>We provide more choices and options, project-based learning, experiential learning </li></ul><ul><li>We provide just-in-time diagnosis and aggressive intervention </li></ul><ul><li>We move to anytime, every where context </li></ul><ul><li>We are dependent on technology as primary learning tool. </li></ul><ul><li>We call upon diverse group of adults to serve in multiple support roles </li></ul>
  19. 19. Coming Together For a Brighter Future Follow us on twitter @ccsso