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    1. 1. Creating a Better Education for All Children Looking Ahead to a New Decade Mary Kay Sommers Principal, Shepardson Elementary 2007-08 President National Association of Elementary School Principals
    2. 2. THANK YOU! <ul><li>Shepardson Elementary School </li></ul><ul><li>Poudre School District </li></ul><ul><li>Fort Collins Community </li></ul><ul><li>Colorado Assn. of School Executives </li></ul>
    3. 3. THANK YOU SPONSORS <ul><li>Shepardson Elementary School PTO </li></ul><ul><li>Fort Collins Coloradoan </li></ul><ul><li>Colorado State University </li></ul><ul><ul><li>College of Applied Human Sciences </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Poudre School District </li></ul><ul><li>Beet Street </li></ul>
    4. 4. Reflections Leadership Experiences at International Level
    5. 5. Netherlands – Educating the Whole Child
    6. 7. Liverpool, England – UK Education Leaders
    7. 8. Individual Child Focus and Accountability
    8. 9. Movement and Brain Research Common
    9. 10. Australian Principals Share in Tasmania
    10. 11. Competing on math problems with students around the world.
    11. 12. Choice in Schools
    12. 13. Working on replacing windows and getting safe fence around property. Photographs to build student pride.
    13. 14. International Panel --- USA UK Canada New Zealand --- High Stakes Testing
    14. 15. European School Heads Association <ul><li>Preparing presentation to OECD </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Focus last year: Children’s Rights </li></ul><ul><li>Focus this year: School Leadership </li></ul>
    15. 18. Reflections Leadership Experiences at National Level
    16. 19. New York City Principals Meet With City Officials And Prominent Educational Leaders
    17. 20. Music and Arts are Valued!
    18. 21. Technology is Valued
    19. 22. Instruction Is Coordinated And Learning Is Monitored
    20. 23. Students work in stations in Montana.
    21. 24. 5 th grade Students Problem – solving Using Web cams To talk to NASA To Answer Team Questions Missoula, MT
    22. 25. OK teachers meeting regularly to plan from assessments. Teachers in high achieving schools get bonuses.
    23. 26. Testifying for Congress – NCLB Revisions
    24. 28. Working with Universities and Professors <ul><li>What do schools really need? </li></ul><ul><li>How can we work together? </li></ul><ul><li>Creating a new vision of collaboration </li></ul>
    25. 29. Reflections Visioning Process for 2021 Institute for Alternative Futures
    26. 30. Systematic Approach <ul><li>Environmental scanning </li></ul><ul><li>Trend Analyses – Global </li></ul><ul><li>Drivers for change </li></ul><ul><li>Collaborative discussions with educational leaders </li></ul>
    27. 31. Drivers for Change
    28. 32. The Technology Revolution <ul><li>Schools slow to adopt new technology </li></ul><ul><li>Extensive use outside of school </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Not related to standards. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Not always critical consumers of information. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Inequitable student access. </li></ul>
    29. 33. The Technology Revolution <ul><li>On-line learning </li></ul><ul><ul><li>tutoring accessible from India </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Professional development </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Whole virtual schools </li></ul><ul><li>Collegial sharing in other schools and countries </li></ul><ul><li>Quality control? </li></ul>
    30. 34. Danger and Surveillance <ul><li>Children victimized on line </li></ul><ul><li>Biometrics limits entry into schools </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Fingerprints </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Irises </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Global positioning </li></ul>
    31. 35. A Flat World <ul><li>Instant awareness of world events </li></ul><ul><li>Increase in fluency in foreign languages </li></ul><ul><li>Exponential changes in global economy. </li></ul><ul><li>Competition increased pressure on American students and schools </li></ul>
    32. 36. THE 21 st Century Skills <ul><li>Core Academic Skills </li></ul><ul><li>Emerging Content Skills </li></ul><ul><li>Learning and Thinking Skills </li></ul><ul><li>Information Technology Skills </li></ul><ul><li>Life Skills </li></ul>
    33. 37. Whole Child <ul><li>More successful when </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Broad, challenging, engaging curriculum </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Feel connected to school and broader community (project-based) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Healthy - physically and emotionally </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Schools are safe, trusting, respectful </li></ul></ul>
    34. 38. Choice <ul><li>Increase in school choice, magnets, charters, virtual </li></ul><ul><li>Principals must market schools </li></ul><ul><li>Parent pressure to NOT place children in neighborhood school. </li></ul>
    35. 39. 5 Emerging Strategic Issues <ul><li>Promise of Equity in Public Education </li></ul><ul><li>Global Citizens </li></ul><ul><li>Advocacy for Early Childhood (Pre K) </li></ul><ul><li>Cultural Competency </li></ul><ul><li>Expanded Leadership Roles </li></ul>
    36. 40. Critical Role of Leadership <ul><li>Leadership – distributed and collaborative </li></ul><ul><li>Responsible for success </li></ul><ul><ul><li>High accountability for growth </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Measurable gains </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Accurate and useful data </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Full range of diverse needs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Every practice must yield desired results. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Advocacy </li></ul><ul><ul><li>For All Children </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Effective policies at school level </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Marketing for schools </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Community services </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Financial resources </li></ul></ul>
    37. 41. What might the future be? Today Time Tomorrow . Trends Forecasts Plausible Futures Possible Futures Wild Cards Scenarios
    38. 42. Going with the Flow/ Paddling Harder Problems Successes Alternative Futures Feared Future Preferred Future Expected Future Visionary Change Leader Community Convener Innovative Pacesetter Compromised Position Implosion Endangered Species
    39. 43. Scenario – Future We Fear *Endangered species *Implosion
    40. 44. Fighting for What We Believe In Key drivers for the Feared Future Scenario <ul><li>School choice over educational equity. </li></ul><ul><li>Aging population fails to support schools. </li></ul><ul><li>Deeper divide between rich and poor schools. </li></ul><ul><li>Little discretionary funding </li></ul>
    41. 45. Scenario – Future We Expect *Going with Current Flow *Paddling Even Harder
    42. 46. Doing the Best We Can Key Drivers for the Expected Future Scenario <ul><li>Global competition demands hard and soft skills. </li></ul><ul><li>Assessment of skills increases. </li></ul><ul><li>Educational research improves dramatically. </li></ul><ul><li>Learning technologies improve. </li></ul><ul><li>Immigration increases. </li></ul><ul><li>Schools address social problems. </li></ul><ul><li>Cash strapped governments. </li></ul>
    43. 47. Scenario – Future We Prefer *Innovative *Changes with needs *Capitalizes on resources and networks
    44. 48. What Is Happening NOW? And what are the implications for the future?
    45. 49. Federal Impacts on Education In United States No Child Left Behind (NCLB) How do we influence legislation?
    46. 50. Recent Observations <ul><li>More open to listening </li></ul><ul><li>US Dept of Education more collaborative </li></ul><ul><li>Highly dependent upon the current political attitudes </li></ul><ul><li>Highly influenced by special interest groups, not educators </li></ul>
    47. 51. Obama Education Platform <ul><li>Early Childhood Education </li></ul><ul><li>Funding and changes – NCLB </li></ul><ul><li>Charters supported only if high quality </li></ul><ul><li>Math and science – priority </li></ul><ul><li>Reduce dropout rate </li></ul><ul><ul><li>English Language Learners </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Special Education </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Middle school changes </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Expand after school learning time </li></ul>
    48. 52. Obama Education Platform -2 <ul><li>Teachers </li></ul><ul><li>Recruitment – </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Scholarships </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Mid-career changes </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Teacher Preparation </li></ul><ul><ul><li>All schools must be accredited </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Teacher Retention </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Mentors </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Common planning time to collaborate </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Teacher Rewards </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Increase pay </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Bonus if consistent high student performance </li></ul></ul>
    49. 53. Obama Education Platform-3 <ul><li>Higher Education </li></ul><ul><li>Make college more affordable </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Tuition tax credits </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Encourage more to attend </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Focus on low income </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Streamline financial aid </li></ul><ul><li>Students with disabilities </li></ul>
    50. 54. Looking Ahead to a New Decade “Future” is already happening in some places now!
    51. 55. More Autonomous Schools <ul><ul><li>High accountability </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Individual student growth </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Results-driven </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Community/businesses as partners </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Governance boards </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Principal – Educational Leadership Focus </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Distributed leadership </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Responsive, agile to changing needs </li></ul></ul>
    52. 56. Technology <ul><li>Means to higher goals </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Not separate area of focus </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Where breakthrough for learning will occur </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Personalized learning programs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Interactive, collaborative, virtual, gaming </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Problem solving/interest driven </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Revolutionize effectively learning </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Shift to learning anywhere, anytime </li></ul></ul>
    53. 57. Research Breakthroughs <ul><li>Technological means of adapting to individual learning styles and needs </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Effective and efficient learning-2 years </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Medical improvements </li></ul><ul><li>Brain Research </li></ul><ul><li>Survivors </li></ul><ul><ul><li>will adapt quickly </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Savvy consumer of research </li></ul></ul>
    54. 58. Best Practices Drive Instruction <ul><li>Focus on Learning </li></ul><ul><ul><li>21 st century skills </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Whole Child </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cultural competencies </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Individual learning goals </li></ul><ul><li>Assessments/standards drive instruction </li></ul>
    55. 59. Best Practices Drive Instruction <ul><li>Just-in-time access </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Immediate connections </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Research networks </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Varies for different learning needs </li></ul><ul><li>Sharing with educators globally </li></ul><ul><li>Teachers collaborate for effective learning </li></ul>
    56. 60. Schools Bridges to Resources <ul><li>Community connections </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Agencies for healthy children </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Problem solving teams </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Financial support </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Shared use of facilities and resources </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Learning for parents and community </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Outreach connections for learning </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Extended day; project -based </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Apprenticeships; mentors; virtual </li></ul></ul>
    57. 61. Distributed Leadership Roles <ul><li>Increased collaboration </li></ul><ul><li>Interdependent within/between schools </li></ul><ul><li>Continuous school improvement </li></ul><ul><li>Trained, compensated, time provided </li></ul><ul><li>Partnership between schools </li></ul>
    58. 62. Professional Learning Communities <ul><li>Learning is focus. </li></ul><ul><li>Other variables changed. </li></ul><ul><li>Culture and systems support change </li></ul><ul><li>Redesign learning </li></ul><ul><li>Reenergized professional staff </li></ul><ul><li>Held accountable for growth </li></ul>
    59. 63. Choice <ul><li>Neighborhood schools </li></ul><ul><li>Public schools need to be strong to accommodate all children </li></ul><ul><ul><li>OR Equity issue---Have and Have Not schools </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Choice for all with equity </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Interest-based, not ethnicity or economic based </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Continuously evolving – adapt quickly </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Tendency to reject mass offerings </li></ul></ul>
    60. 64. Extended Learning Time <ul><li>Extended day </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Intentional programming </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Highly engaging </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Year round learning </li></ul><ul><li>Whole child development </li></ul><ul><li>Intergenerational </li></ul><ul><li>Community and world-wide connections </li></ul>
    61. 65. Funding Sources <ul><li>Government funding more limiting </li></ul><ul><li>New resources needed </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Non-profit organizations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Businesses </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>University connections </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Creative approaches – cost-efficient </li></ul>
    62. 66. Commitment to Education <ul><li>Value for education becomes operational </li></ul><ul><ul><li>All children learning at high levels </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Whole child development </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Continuous education for all </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Means – </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Globally competitive </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Global problem solvers </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Innovations </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Peaceful resolutions </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Education Profession – highly valued </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Businesses will invest </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Children value education and set goals </li></ul>
    63. 67. <ul><li>We have a choice. </li></ul><ul><li>We can defend what we have </li></ul><ul><li>( and wait for others to impose their vision) </li></ul>
    64. 68. Or together we can… Create a Better Education for All Children!
    65. 69. Creating a Better Education for All Children Looking Ahead to a New Decade Mary Kay Sommers Principal, Shepardson Elementary 2007-08 President National Association of Elementary School Principals