The Vision Learning Project “ I am not a teacher…I am an awakener.” -Robert Frost, American Poet EDLT528 M70 Spring 2010 Curriculum Design Project – Group 3
Vision Leaders Eliseo De Pietto Evaluation David Hille Development Tracey Lofton Design & Implementation
The Vision Learning Project is an interdisciplinary academic mentorship program that provides a research - based public policy and leadership development program using a multiple intelligences approach
The program impacts students and the local community in the areas of education, workforce development, and other areas of the local economy
A Vision for 21 st Century Literacy http://www.21stcenturyskills.org/documents/frameworkflyer_072307.pdf
To teach students who are growing up in a world undergoing increased globalization to use technology to draw upon research-based solutions to global issues to improve student learning.
To meet an academic need for high school students and dropouts enrolled in GED classes
To provide 21 st century learning opportunities using web 2.0 tools
To increase student access to eLearning opportunities that improve student learning
According to the 2006 report, The Silent Epidemic: Perspectives of High School Dropouts, conducted for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation by Civic Enterprises, there is a high school dropout epidemic in America.
Every year, about one-third of all public high school students – nearly one-half of all black, Hispanic, and Native American – fail to graduate with their class.
Although education reform has been a primary topic on the public agenda, according to the study, nearly 7 out of 10 students (69 percent) said that they were not motivated or inspired to work hard.
High school dropouts are three and one-half times more likely than high school graduates to be arrested, and more than eight times as likely to be incarcerated
Across the country, 68 percent of state prison inmates have not received a high school diploma
According to researchers, 10 percentage-point increases in graduation rates have historically been shown to reduce murder and assault rates by approximately 20 percent.
Increasing graduation rates by 10 percentage points would prevent over 3,000 murders and nearly 175,000 aggravated assaults in America each year
Tim O’Reilly said: “You can visualize Web 2.0 as a set of principles and practices that tie together a veritable solar system of sites that demonstrate some or all of those principles, at varying distance from the core” (as cited in Solomon & Schrum, 2007, p.46).
The Peace WebQuest
Using the United Nations Cyberschoolbus online Global Teaching and Learning Project to bridge the gap between achieving and underachieving students
Creating educational action projects to show students that they have a role in finding solutions to problems in their community and developing future leadership opportunities
The web-based curriculum facilitates the participation in local and global learning communities by using creative applications of technology to improve student learning
Implementation – VLP Wiki
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), defines literacy as:
“… Literacy involves a continuum of learning to enable an individual to achieve his or her goals, to develop his or her knowledge and potential, and to participate fully in the wider society.”
UNESCO recognizes that there are many practices of literacy embedded in different cultural processes, personal circumstances and collective structures.