The Global Achievement Gap: Schools that Work

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This is a summary of the content and perspectives for the implications of 21st century skills upon the needed change in education regarding structure, instruction, and assessment. In chapter 6, Tony Wagner highlights the ground-breaking work done at High Tech High.


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  • The Global Achievement Gap: Schools that Work

    1. 1. The Global Achievement Gap: Why Even Our Best Schools Don’t Teach The New Survival Skills Our Children Need – And What We Can Do About It -Tony Wagner Closing the Gap: Schools that Work Ben Johnson Iowa State University Assistant Principal – Curriculum & Professional Development Fort Dodge Senior High – Fort Dodge, Iowa
    2. 2. High Tech High <ul><li>100% of graduates accepted to college </li></ul><ul><li>80% accepted to 4-year colleges </li></ul><ul><li>50%+ HTH grads are 1 st Generation college students </li></ul><ul><li>$6,200 –per-student operating budget </li></ul><ul><li>Partnership with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation </li></ul>
    3. 3. “ Bucking the System” <ul><li>No Tracking </li></ul><ul><li>No Advanced Placement Courses </li></ul><ul><li>No Test-Prep </li></ul><ul><li>No Textbooks </li></ul><ul><li>Interdisciplinary Projects </li></ul><ul><li>Project-based Learning </li></ul><ul><li>Digital Portfolios </li></ul><ul><li>10-week Internship </li></ul>
    4. 4. Common Characteristics <ul><li>Tech Integration </li></ul><ul><li>Interdisciplinary Studies </li></ul><ul><li>Engaging </li></ul><ul><li>FUN </li></ul><ul><li>Community Impact </li></ul><ul><li>Formative Assessment </li></ul><ul><li>No High-stakes Tests </li></ul><ul><li>Digital Portfolios </li></ul><ul><li>Presentation of Learning </li></ul><ul><li>Group Projects </li></ul><ul><li>Behaving like Professionals </li></ul><ul><li>Respect </li></ul><ul><li>Integrating Students across SES </li></ul><ul><li>Integrate Head and Hand </li></ul><ul><li>Learn in the World/Crumble the Walls </li></ul><ul><li>Integration of Post-Secondary Opportunities </li></ul><ul><li>Technology Integration in Methodology </li></ul><ul><li>Teaming of the Teachers </li></ul><ul><li>Systemic Professional Development </li></ul><ul><li>Equality </li></ul>
    5. 6. Design Principles <ul><li>Personalization </li></ul><ul><li>Real-world Connections </li></ul><ul><li>Common Intellectual Mission </li></ul><ul><li>Foundation rooted in Excellent Teaching </li></ul>
    6. 7. RIGOR: in the Age of Google <ul><li>Not Memorization and Regurgitation </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Discerning among the avalanche of content </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Not jus about more Complex Content </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Deepening the quality of analysis </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Expert Learner </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Thoughtful, Passionate, Reflective Adult </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Conversation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Pursuit of Inquiry </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Hands-on Leanring </li></ul>
    7. 8. Business and School Connections <ul><li>Regional Economic Development </li></ul><ul><li>Soft Skills </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Presentation Skills </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Group Work Skills </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Problem-solving Skills </li></ul></ul>
    8. 9. Habits of Mind <ul><li>To think about significance – why is it important </li></ul><ul><li>Perspective – what is the point of view </li></ul><ul><li>Evidence – how do you know </li></ul><ul><li>Connection – how does it apply </li></ul><ul><li>Supposition – what if it were different </li></ul>
    9. 10. Communication Skillls <ul><li>Inquiry – where do you get your information </li></ul><ul><li>Voice – Descriptive, persuasive </li></ul><ul><li>Audience – Who are you talking to, what are you trying to convince them of </li></ul><ul><li>Empathize- with others and understand another perspective </li></ul>
    10. 11. Purposeful Buzz <ul><li>Professional Atmosphere </li></ul><ul><li>Respectful Environment </li></ul><ul><li>Student Murals </li></ul>
    11. 12. Expert Learner <ul><li>“ My job is to question, to prod, and provoke them to think and to come to their own conclusions – not to give them the answers.” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>HTH Teacher </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Facilitator of others Learning </li></ul><ul><li>Individualized direction </li></ul><ul><li>“ We judge teachers by the </li></ul><ul><li>quality of their student’s work.” </li></ul>
    12. 13. Teacher Collaboration <ul><li>Intentional and Systemic </li></ul><ul><li>Grow their own </li></ul><ul><li>Thoughtful Professional Growth and Development </li></ul><ul><li>Mentoring of Veteran and New Teachers </li></ul><ul><li>Interdisciplinary Projects </li></ul><ul><li>– Teacher Prep </li></ul><ul><li>Monthly Full Day </li></ul><ul><li>Professional Development </li></ul>
    13. 14. Project-based Learning: Soft Skills and Generalizing to Employability <ul><li>Figure things out </li></ul><ul><li>Thinking </li></ul><ul><li>Planning </li></ul><ul><li>Organizing </li></ul><ul><li>Working in a Team </li></ul>
    14. 15. Teach All students <ul><li>Laser-like focus on the results that matter </li></ul><ul><li>Personalizing Instruction </li></ul><ul><li>Advisory Organization </li></ul><ul><li>Student Ownership of the School </li></ul>
    15. 16. R & D: Spreading the Gospel <ul><li>Systemic Seeding of New Schools </li></ul><ul><li>Smaller Learning Communities </li></ul><ul><li>Variation among HTH School Themes </li></ul><ul><li>Smaller Learning Communities </li></ul><ul><li>Rethinking how to best </li></ul><ul><li>prepare new teachers for </li></ul><ul><li> a different kind of </li></ul><ul><li>instruction </li></ul>
    16. 17. The Met <ul><li>Big Picture Company </li></ul><ul><li>Create Personalized Education Programs </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ one student at a time” </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Met’s Five Learning Goals </li></ul><ul><li>Communication </li></ul><ul><li>Empirical Reasoning </li></ul><ul><li>Personal Qualities </li></ul><ul><li>Quantitative Reasoning </li></ul><ul><li>Social Reasoning </li></ul>
    17. 18. Portfolios: Performance “Standards of Excellence” <ul><li>Reading </li></ul><ul><li>Writing </li></ul><ul><li>Listening </li></ul><ul><li>Oral Presentation </li></ul><ul><li>Research </li></ul><ul><li>Artistic Expression </li></ul><ul><li>Scientific Investigation </li></ul><ul><li>Mathematical Problem Solving </li></ul><ul><li> and Communication </li></ul><ul><li>Systems Thinking </li></ul><ul><li>Technology </li></ul><ul><li>Wellness </li></ul><ul><li>Spanish </li></ul>
    18. 19. Francis W. Parker Charter Essential School <ul><li>Inquiry </li></ul><ul><li>Expression </li></ul><ul><li>Critical Thinking </li></ul><ul><li>Collaboration </li></ul><ul><li>Organization </li></ul><ul><li>Attentiveness </li></ul><ul><li>Involvement </li></ul><ul><li>Reflection </li></ul>
    19. 20. <ul><li>“ Imagination is more important than knowledge – making things, innovating, creating, and building. It creates elasticity in thinking … and the ability to take responsible risks.” </li></ul><ul><li> – Einstein </li></ul>
    20. 22. Emerging Economies <ul><ul><li>Can someone overseas do it cheaper? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Can a computer do it faster? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Is what I’m offering in demand in an age of abundance? </li></ul></ul>EDUCATION should use this time to REGROUP and RESTRUCTURE -Mark Roberti (RFID Journal)
    21. 23. What was Your Most Memorable Learning Experience? <ul><li>Project? </li></ul><ul><li>Community? </li></ul><ul><li>Fear of Failure/Recognition of Success? </li></ul><ul><li>Mentor? </li></ul><ul><li>Public Display of Work? </li></ul>
    22. 24. YES, WE CAN <ul><li>I created something </li></ul><ul><li>I learned something </li></ul><ul><li>I got to share what I learned with the community </li></ul><ul><li>Y ES, WE MUST </li></ul>

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