A group of a dozen educators got together on August 7, 2012 in Chippewa Falls, WI to develop a plan to shift educational paradigms. This slideshow was prepared by Jim Adams, Barney Slowey, and Tamara Sharp.
An Education Paradigm Shift Why do we need a paradigm shift?• Current learning environments are based on a “one size fits all” model.• The curriculum is disconnected• The educational system is “Educentric” not learner centered• The organizational structure prevents innovation from educators, administrators, and learners
An Educationa Paradigm Shift Why do we need paradigm shift?• The system’s performance is based on false metrics – Standardized tests do not indicate the ability of learners to apply what has been learned to new and unique situations• Real learning/understanding is rare• The system doesn’t take advantage of what has been learned about the brain and how learning occurs
An Why do we need a paradigm shift?• Many schools are too large for the proper educational development of learners• State and National standards have caused standardization• The system is not taking advantage of the current technology available in the world• The system is not producing citizens that our country needs
An Education Paradigm Shift Imagine a differentLearning Environment
Shifting The Educational Paradigm To One That: Understands how learning occurs in individuals Helps learners find their way of learning Helps learners understand themselves Creates a learning community Creates learning environments based on learner passions Does not grade and sort learners Creates a culture of caring and respect Uses technology as a learning tool Integrates subject matter Has no bells or set class periods Failure is part of learning
Shifting The Educational Paradigm To One That: Takes advantage of local resources Allows learners to advance at their own pace Fosters and encourages creativity Allows local experts to help in the learning process Encourages and welcomes collaborative learning Involves the learner in developing their own curriculum Bases learning on current brain research and best practice Invites learners of all ages to participate Allows learners to construct their own knowledge Helps learners become servant leaders
Shifting The Educational Paradigm To One That:Design, implementation, and building are part of learningBases school discipline on a restorative justice systemIntegrates university teacher trainingProvides technology for each learnerEmphasizes learning how to learnFacilities are designed with open architecture (monolithic dome concept)Is relevant/task/project orientedEliminates “power grabbing” within the organizationEducates parents/guardians on helping their children succeedContributes to the community it resides in
Shifting the Curriculum Paradigm Seven Learning EmphasisLearners establish a schedule and how they will meet the earning emphasisWhen established criteria is met student and staff sign offThe learning time frame can be 4 years more or less
Shifting the Curriculum ParadigmMath Science & Technology· Measurement· Data Collection/Processing· Geometry· Chemistry· Physics· Home Maintenance & Technology· Tools & Machines· Electronics· Robotics· Hydraulics· Building/Construction· Wood Working· Mechanics· Transportation· Communications Technology· Man-Machine Interfaces· Architecture· Systems
Shifting the Curriculum Paradigm Human Culture · Social Studies · Servant Leadership · Mathematics (Pure) · Government/Civics · English Language Arts · Historical Thinking · Fine Arts Appreciation & Participation · Conflict Resolution · Serving A Community · Cultural Diversity · Empathy · Teamwork & Collaboration · Foreign Language/Linguistics · Psychology · Law/Law Enforcement · Anthropology · Philosophy · Innovations in thinking
Shifting the Curriculum ParadigmLife-long Learning· Reading (Casual, Technical, Content)· Writing (Casual, Technical, Content)· Math Sense & Computing (Consumer Emphasis)· Problem Solving· Speaking & Listening· Researching & Obtaining Information· Analysis & Questioning· Critical Thinking· Demonstrating An Understanding· Knowing How You Are Smart· How The Brain Works & Learning Process· Initiative & Self Directed Learning· Intellectual Honesty· Personal Reflection - Developing A Mission & Goals
Shifting the Curriculum Paradigm Making a Living · Economics - Local/World · World Trade · Becoming Self Sufficient · Being Responsible & Productive (Quality) · Career Opportunities · Entrepreneurs/Business Incubation · Basic Business Operations · Marketing · Negotiating · Apprenticeships · Accounting & Record Keeping - Taxes · Futuristics
Shifting the Curriculum Paradigm Maturing in a Changing World · Use Of Leisure Time - Sports/Hobbies/Play · Ethics And Decision Making · Physical Education And Health · Self Discipline & Personal Responsibility · Optimism Vs. Pessimism And Stress · Caring For Own And Others Property · Honesty And Trust Building · Adapting To Change - Social/Technical · Child Development - Personal Growth Rate/Patterns · Money Management · Housekeeping And Meal Preparation · Drivers Education · Parenting And Family Living · Management · Time Management · Multitasking · Influence Of Advertising And Media · Insurance Coverage · Self Image/Personal Appearance · Knowing Your Own Story
Shifting the Curriculum Paradigm Sharing Our Planet · Biology · Ecology · Earth Science · Geography · Respecting Others Space/Life · Caring For Other Life · Forestry · Agriculture · Space Science · Animal Science · Plant Science · Genetic Engineering
Shifting the Curriculum Paradigm Sharing Our Thoughts · Writing · Audio communications · Public Speaking · Internet use/language · E-mail · Electronic publishing · Video/phone · Video presentations · Electronic presentations · Graphic arts · Multimedia authoring
An Educational Paradigm Shift The Delivery System
The Learning Environmentalist A Facilitator of Learning; creating Relevant, Experiential, Active, Learning, Individually Tailored, for You (the learner). REALITY
Assumptions regarding the Educational Paradigm ShiftServant Leaders who are Learning Environmentalistsare needed by all organizations/businessesA new learning environment is necessary to satisfythe needs of all students in all intelligences.There is a need for people who have the skills/knowledgeto lead and create individual learning plans andenvironments for students and workers.
Assumptions regarding the Educational Paradigm ShiftPeople, schools, institutions will pay a premium forpeople with learning environmentalist skills.A way needs to be found to use technology to getlearners away from technology – away from the screenand into the real world – using hands/mind andcreativitySorting and grading of students will continue in thename of data collection and school performance ratings.
Assumptions regarding the Educational Paradigm ShiftPeople periodically need rejuvenation in their careers andpersonal lives – Learning Environmentalists arecontinuously learning and interacting with their peers andstudents.Personal development is as important, or even moreimportant, than professional development.Businesses can profit from having LearningEnvironmentalists on staff to help create personal andprofessional growth within the business culture.
Assumptions regarding the Educational Paradigm ShiftMany parents will pay a premium for their children toexperience learner centered learning.Many districts will pay a premium for people who cancreate integrated learning environments for allstudents using digital and face-to-face deliverymethods.
Administrators Support Staff Teachers/Instructors Students Political Officials Citizens Parents Business PeopleGive the group the charter of creating a new design Give the group the power to implement
Create A Learning CommunityLearner centered professional development Understanding learners/workers Researching best practices Project based learning Integrated learning techniques Collaborative learning techniques/research methods Rejuvenation Strands of learning Community Building Strengths Technology Projects Best Practices
A Learning Community FrameworkStudent centered learning environmentCollaborative, personal, professional, goal-centered,Everyone ensuring the success of allEnergizing experience for all membersNetworking in advisory, work-a-like, and interest-a-like groups
Facilitation ProcessNo constant lecturingResponsive to the needs of the communityWe look at local and global educational and social issuesRestorative JusticeVisitation of local business and industryVisitation of local Technical College
Facilitation ProcessAcademic GrowthReadings chosen by learnersResearch techniques applied to classroom projects/applicationsCommunity Building – techniques for classroom leadershipTechnology Applications – Apply technology in professional and personal lifeMultiple choices in demonstration of learning from projects/researchProject Oriented – Something you can use in the classroom – has life after programClassroom Centered – if what is learned does not apply directly to the classroom wedon’t do it.Personal and Professional growthPersonal and professional visioningProfessional growth planningLeadership opportunities within community environment
Learning Environmentalists Use Technology Digital Still and video photography Audio recording techniques Screen video capture and editing Digital photo editing Digital video editing Web page design using interactive techniques Graphic design basics“Smart” technology such as smart boards, smart phones, tabletsLearning on demand to use technology
Software applications for Learning Environmentalists Adobe Photo Shop Elements Adobe Premier video editor Web page editor/creator Camtasia Studio 7 Moodle Spread sheets Simple data base – Works Advanced word processing Planners, emailing, and e-buying Much free software is available
Through the Process Learning Environmentalists: Understand the learners Understand the learning process Understand themselves Become servant leaders Create a portrait of a graduate Create appropriate learner centered learning environmentsLearning Environmentalist preparation and getting thefirst semester ready is done during the summer months
An Educational Paradigm Shift A new choice for future collegiate learners
First sessions for New Paradigm LearnersNew Paradigm Learners (NPL) are taken through a process designed bythe staff and is similar to that experienced during the summer preparation First steps for NPL are: Establish community and values Learn about how learning occurs, MI, brain function, etc. Learn about self and best way to learn Begin laying out an overall learning plan that fulfills the portrait of a graduate
First sessions for New Paradigm Learners Help NPL’s become: Self controlled Self reliant Self motivated Self assessed Self learners Self managed Knowledge sharers
NPL’s are continuously:Assessing their workWorking on their projectsGiving demonstrations of learningSupporting each other in the communityIn touch with their facilitatorsMeeting their own schedules and making adjustmentsSearching for and participating in learning resourcesBuilding their electronic portfolio
Common threads through out NPL participationCommunity: building community, recognizing stages ofcommunity, getting in and out of different stages, issuesin building communityStrengths based learning: understanding the strengthsbased philosophy, taking the strengths assessment, applyingstrengths to individual development, looking at strengthsbased leadershipConstructing personal knowledge: by curiously questioning, systematicallyinvestigating, sensibly understanding, creativelyapplying, accurately assessing, and simply sharingUsing technology as a problem solving tool: finding resources,Internet usage, social networking, productivity tools, file structure, applyingtechnologies to leadership/local environments
Common threads through out NPL participation Leadership techniques: facilitation, having fun, creating a collaborative environment, conflict resolution, getting things done in a timely manner, teams and teamwork, coaching, flexibility, networking environments, legal issues/constraints /requirements, universal human values Personal and professional growth: empathy, personal and Professional PDP, attitudes, appreciating others, working with peers Futuristic thinking: using demographics, finding futuristic information, people trends, transportation trends, communication trends, education trends, standard of living trends, applying futuristic thinking to current situations
Common threads through out NPL participation Understanding learning and the learning process: what is learning, brain based learning, multiple intelligence, emotional intelligence, intellectual honesty, creating learning environments, facilitating learning Understanding learners: personality types, how to change minds, poverty to wealth, assessing learning styles, individualizing learning environments Project management: budgeting, time-lines, problem definition, researching, data collection, implementation, assessment, sharing results
What would the portrait of a graduate of this system look like?May be savings to college because:No large classroom demandsMay take less dedicated teachersUse of technology may reduce travellingSubscribing to e-learning sites might be cheaper than hiring professorsMany universities offering free coursesLarge number of adults over age of 26 need to return to educationPass on savings to NPL’sLess costly education may draw in more learnersLess costly education may draw in non-traditional students