Next Generation Schools | Presentation

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In 2010 leaders from within CESA 6 and throughout its member school districts came together to discuss the "wicked problems" schools across Wisconsin are facing, including:

1. Alienating students
2. Educational competition
3. Technology changes outpacing teaching changes
4. Mismatch between expectations and resources
5. Unsustainable financial model

Rather than simply dwelling on the problem, the group decided to chart a new, albeit unknown, course for public education in CESA 6. The challenge: Design a new approach for regional public education that helps all students succeed, in spite of the "wicked problems."

Their solution is called The Next Generation in Regional Public Education in CESA 6.

>>Learn more at www.nextgenerationschools.org.

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  • Hello everyone! I’m (insert name). I’m (insert title and organization). I’m excited to be with you today to introduce you to an incredibly promising project for schools in our area. It’s called the Next Generation Schools project. And, this project has the potential to do great things for students, their families, educators and our communities.
  • Before we talk about what Next Generation Schools look like, I want to share with you how this project came about. Over the last year, educators in the CESA 6 region of Eastern Wisconsin started talking about some of the challenges they are facing. The more they talked, the more they realized the issues they face are the same. They are “wicked problems” – the kind of problems that are interconnected and can’t be easily solved. Let’s see if you see these “wicked problems,” too. You each have a copy of this small folded card. Take a minute to read through the questions inside and answer them. (When audience is finished taking the quiz) Let’s see what you said… Raise your hand if you answered ‘Yes’ to at least one question. Please keep your hands up… Now, raise your hand if you answered ‘Yes’ to two questions. Please keep your hands up… How many of you answered ‘Yes’ to three questions? Four? How many of you answered ‘Yes’ to all five questions. As you can see, we are all affected by the wicked problems facing education. And, while each of us may see a handful of these problems, when you look at them all together, you begin to see the real challenge facing education.
  • When you’re facing “wicked problems,” you have two options. You can plan or you can be planned for. Educators in CESA 6 chose the first option. We believed strongly we could develop a plan that would be good for students, good for families, good for educators and good for communities. And, that is how the Next Generation of Schools project was born.
  • We started with a single question…. What if we could redesign schools for the 21 st Century? What would they look like. Now, before I get to the answer, it’s important that you understand this is a work in progress. You are getting a ‘sneak peek’ at our vision for Next Generation Schools. The hard work is just beginning… But, when we considered what it would take to make schools that work for students, families, educators and communities in the 21 st Century, this is what we see.
  • Our most important priority is making sure that Next Generation Schools are places where all students will thrive. The key to this will be answering one question: What works for each student? In the early years, Next Generation Schools will pair each family with an advocate. As educators, parents often ask, “where can I get help for my child?” This question comes from families with many different needs. Some have children who are gifted and talented – and they need to find enrichment resources and academic camps. Others have children with special needs or physical challenges. And, they want to do all they can to help their child reach his or her full potential. But, often, these questions don’t come until a child enrolls in school. And, many times, families need these answers long before kindergarten. That’s why we see Next Generation Schools becoming a place where families can connect – with medical care, day care, enrichment programs, community services and more. What happens in the early years of a child’s education is absolutely critical to their success. Next Generation Schools will be multi-age learning environments, where students aren’t grouped by age, but by progress level. Right now, if a second grader is gifted in music and has the ability to play with the middle school orchestra, they can’t. In a multi-age learning environment that won’t happen. There they can focus on mastering core concepts. When they do, they’ll be able to move on to the next level. Why hold back students who are ready for more challenging material? And, why push those who need a bit more time to master knowledge?
  • As students move on, Next Generation Schools will continue to find ways to make sure each student stays engaged. Learning Coaches will play a very important role in keeping students engaged. A learning coach will work with each student to develop an individualized learning plan that is based on what the student needs to learn AND what the student’s interests are. The learning plan might include face-to-face instruction at a community school – or at a Regional Learning Center, where students from many different schools meet. (Presenter option: Insert example of how this would work.) Likewise, the learning plan might include online courses or community-based authentic learning. The idea is that students could earn credit for a variety of different experiences – based, again, on what they need to learn and what their interests are. (Presenter option: Insert example of how this would work.) The ultimate goal would be that students will learn more than facts and figures. They will learn to learn, learn to do and learn to be, so they can succeed in life.
  • The ultimate goal would be that students will learn more than facts and figures. They will learn to learn, learn to do and learn to be, so they can succeed in life.
  • What are the next steps for the student’s future? The options are diverse as the students themselves. Students may choose to extend their studies in preparation for entry into a university or move on to a technical or two year college. Others may begin self-study with a mentor or enter directly into the workforce. What is important is that students will choose the option that is right for them - and they will be supported by a learning coach to help make the transition. ***do we need to talk about multiple re-entry points here?
  • As Next Generation Schools give students new opportunities, they’ll do the same thing for educators. Teachers will be able to work as independent contractors or as contracted employees. And, that will open up many new opportunities. For example, a teacher might choose to work as a learning coach, a face-to-face instructor and/or a mentor for a group of new colleagues.
  • Students learn in a variety or ways, and each at a different pace. By using a single lesson plan some students may struggle to keep up while others sit in boredom. To help educators identify what works for each student Next Generation Schools will be built on data-driven instruction. A comprehensive data system will give educators real-time access to student need, interest and mastery. This information will be used to design daily learning plans for individual students. This model is already working at the School of One in New York. They use daily individualized lesson plans to tailor learning to the way each student learns best. (Presenter option: Include additional case studies on the School of One http://schools.nyc.gov/community/innovation/SchoolofOne/default.htm)
  • The data and planning is all focused on ensuring that students are mastering skills before moving on to the next level in education. But how do you measure mastery? In Next Generation Schools students will keep an electronic portfolio of work, allowing educators and learning coaches to analyze student progress alongside data. International benchmarks and transition tests will ensure that mastery levels have been met before students move on to the next level of education.
  • How will educators keep up with the pace of education? Just as the students have a center of learning, a Teacher and Leader Effectiveness Center will focus on supporting educators. However, professional growth opportunities and support for the completion of professional certificates will be just the beginning. With access to in-depth data, educators will research to continuously improve education. And as the needs of students and the community change, there will be new learning programs and mentoring systems developed.
  • Next Generation Schools need to be built on a sustainable business model. To do this, we’ll need to do business in a new way. How can we do this? We envision Next Generation Schools partnering with community organizations to provide services. That’s a win in three ways: It helps children and families – as we mentioned before. But, it also benefits the organizations and minimizes the duplication of effort. Likewise, Next Generation Schools can make shared purchasing decisions. We project that could save districts 15-30% on supplies. Allowing students to move through the educational system when they’re ready – rather than at a specific point in the calendar year is also projected to save money. In fact, a national study finds $19 Billion could be saved each year simply by allowing transitions on the basis of student needs, rather than the more traditional schedule of moving from grade to grade. We hope venture capitalists will take note of the Next Generation Schools initiatives and invest in them. You may have seen the recent news that Facebook Founder Mark Zuckerberg is investing $100 million in a New Jersey School District. We believe that Next Generation Schools can be a public-private partnership – attracting private donations to fund things like virtual reality labs. Staffing Regional Learning Centers will allow districts to share staff, negotiating contracts on a regional basis. And, we envision referenda for Next Generation Schools will be directly tied to performance and district needs.
  • Can you imagine how cool Next Generation Schools will be for Ted and other students like him? So, what’s next? How are we going to make this happen? Within CESA 6, the Next Generation Schools Design Team is working to share this vision with educators, families and community leaders in our area. But, the message is spreading fast! We’ve had calls from around the state – and even in surrounding states – from community leaders and educators who are experiencing the same “wicked problems.” They want to know about our ideas… so they can begin to develop their own Next Generation Schools. While we are sharing the vision for Next Generation Schools, other teams of educators are working to turn the vision into reality. Eventually, they will have not only a concrete plan, but also some pilot projects to test drive the ways that this can work.
  • Finally, we want to encourage others to get involved. We’ve put together a list of 11 Ways You Can Help! Please take a look. You can help us make Next Generation Schools a reality and help children, families, educators and our communities.
  • Next Generation Schools | Presentation

    1. 5. STUDENTS >> Move forward when ready >> Multi-age >> Mastery of learning >> Child/family advocate The Early Years
    2. 6. STUDENTS >> Credit for different experiences >> Individual Learning Plans >> Learning Coach The Next Level
    3. 7. Learn to learn. Learn to do. Learn to be.
    4. 8. STUDENTS >> 4-yr. college or university >> Technical or 2-yr. college >> Extend study Post-Secondary Options >> Apprenticeship
    5. 9. EDUCATORS >> Independent contractor Employment Options >> Contracted employee >> Learning coach, instructor, mentor
    6. 10. EDUCATORS >> Ability to make data-based decisions >> Access to real-time data Data System
    7. 11. EDUCATORS >> Electronic portfolio Assessment >> International benchmarks >> Transition tests
    8. 12. EDUCATORS >> Research Teacher & Leader Effectiveness Center >> Professional growth >> Professional certificates >> Mentor systems
    9. 13. SUSTAINABLE BUSINESS MODEL >> Venture capital >> Community resources >> Cooperative buys >> Regional negotiations
    10. 14. REGIONAL GOVERNING BOARD >> Elected Board >> Communications to and from the Board
    11. 15. Ted Regional Learning Center Learning Coach My Favorite Classroom Awesome Presentation My Electronic Portfolio See ya later!
    12. 16. WHAT’S NEXT? >> Share the vision >> Turn this vision into a plan >> Develop pilot projects

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