Mission Im possible : The Total Transformation of a Public School District
Andrea Bruno, Math Teacher
Melissa Fleishman, Fifth Grade Teacher
Andie Merkowitz, Special Education Teacher
Pat Schettini, Superintendent
Richard Trakimas, Science Teacher
Infusing Our Curriculum into 21 st Century Skills What are 21st Century Skills?
Creativity and innovation skills
Flexibility and Adaptability
Productivity and Accountability
Leadership and Responsibility
Why are 21st Century Skills Critical?
“ As a basic rule I think it is important to know that you can’t just focus on what it is you are good at or like to do… you do yourself no favors by having only one skill.”
“ They (managers) no longer see people as specialty tools. And their people need to become less specialized tools and more like Swiss Army Knives. Swiss Army Knives are versatilists.” Thomas Friedman, The World is Flat , pg. 294 How do we know Friedman was right? We asked… 21st Century skill – Flexibility and Adaptability Adam P. Engineer, Department of Defense at Raytheon, 27 years old.
How do we know Friedman was right? We asked…
“ They have to prepare like athletes preparing for the Olympics, with one difference. They have to prepare like someone who is training for the Olympics but doesn’t know what sport they are going to enter.” Thomas Friedman, The World is Flat , pg. 294 “… math teachers and science teachers should get together and have students do a final project that encompasses both subjects...teach curriculum in both classes that go hand-in-hand with.each other (so that students go to science and use their math skills, and go to math and use their science skills). This way, math will be more comfortable for students who don't really grasp it.” Katie C., Scheduling, Department of Defense, 25 years old 21st Century Skill – Lifelong Learning
How do we know Thomas Friedman was right? We looked.
“ We Americans have to work harder, run faster, and become smarter to make sure that more of us are able to connect and compete, collaborate and innovate on the flat world platform - and derive all the benefits it has to offer.” Thomas Friedman, The World is Flat , pg. 635 “ Keyboarding should not be a major course in the high school Business Department, but must be taught in the earliest of grades with the high school Keyboarding course replaced with courses that emphasize technical writing skills, inform students about Internet Search Engines, and use educational software. Students need to be able to use computers for research and information gathering. They need to know how to use computers in innovative ways. ” Bill Endslow, Drama Teacher, RMHS 21st Century Skill – Problem Solving Skills, Communication and Collaboration
... and if you needed some more reasons, here is what a group of technology professsionals had to say
“ High schools don’t prepare us for how much teamwork there is in college and in the work place.”
“ teach networking skills”
“ integrate technology into learning”
“ good written and oral skills are helpful”
“ work on semester long projects”
“ learn more about how different pieces of life fit together”
“ never discount the value of learning how to work in a team and make critical decisions effectively”
We Must Prepare Our Students for Their Future and Not Our Past Challenge in Education, Panasonic Corp.
Project Based Learning and Authentic Assessments
“ Project-based Learning shifts away from the traditional classroom with teacher-centered lessons and instead emphasizes learning activities that are interdisciplinary, student-centered and integrated with real world issues.”
What is Project Based Learning? 21st Century Skill – Creativity and Innovation Skills
Vision = Reality
It Will Take a Whole New Approach… Enduring Understandings Performance tasks and projects: Complex, open-ended, authentic All Students Should Know and Be Able to Do Quizzes and tests: constructed response: performance tasks and projects Worth being familiar with Traditional quizzes and tests Selected Response Understanding by Design, Wiggins and McTighe
… but it is doable…
… it will look like this Excerpts from Project Based Learning, Edutopia
Our District Has the Capacity and the Will ... But We Need the Resources
Broader Band Width
Full Wireless Capacity
Technology Hardware & Software
Partnerships with Colleges, Universities, and Businesses