21st Century Skills - Institute Day 2009


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21st Century Skills - Institute Day 2009

  1. 1. 21 st Century Learning Skills District 30 Institute March 2, 2009
  2. 2. The Growing Gap <ul><li>There is a growing gap between the knowledge and skills students learn in school and the knowledge and skills they need in typical 21 st century communities and workplaces. </li></ul><ul><li>Specifically, our students will spend their adult lives in a multitasking, multifaceted, technology-driven, diverse vibrant world. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Framework for 21 st Century Learning <ul><li>The Partnership for 21 st Century Skills has developed a unified, collective vision for 21 st century learning that can be used to strengthen American education. </li></ul>
  4. 4. 21 st Century Student Outcomes <ul><li>21 st century student outcomes are the skills, knowledge and expertise students should master to succeed in work and life in the 21 st century. </li></ul>Core Subjects and 21 st Century Themes Learning and Innovation Skills Information, Media and Technology Skills Life and Career Skills
  5. 5. Core Subjects and 21 st Century Themes <ul><li>Mastery of core subjects and 21 st century themes is essential for students in the 21 st century. Core subjects include </li></ul><ul><li>English, reading or language arts Arts </li></ul><ul><li>Science Economics </li></ul><ul><li>Mathematics History </li></ul><ul><li>World languages Geography Government and Civics </li></ul>Cores Subjects and 21 st Century Themes
  6. 6. Core Subjects and 21 st Century Themes <ul><li>In addition to these subjects, schools must move beyond a focus on basic competency in core subjects to promoting understanding of academic content at much higher levels by weaving 21 st century interdisciplinary themes into core subjects: </li></ul><ul><li>Global awareness Civic literacy Health literacy </li></ul><ul><li>Financial, economic, business and entrepreneurial literacy </li></ul>Cores Subjects and 21 st Century Themes
  7. 7. Learning and Innovation Skills <ul><li>Learning and innovation skills increasingly are being recognized as the skills that separate students who are prepared for increasingly complex life and work environments in the 21 st century, and those who are not. A focus on creativity, critical thinking, communication and collaboration is essential to prepare students for the future.  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Creativity and Innovation Skills </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Critical Thinking and Problem Solving Skills </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Communication and Collaboration Skills </li></ul></ul>Learning and Innovation Skills
  8. 8. Learning and Innovation Skills: Creativity and Innovation Skills <ul><li>Demonstrate originality and inventiveness in work </li></ul><ul><li>Develop, implement and communicate new ideas to others </li></ul><ul><li>Be open and responsive to new and diverse perspectives </li></ul><ul><li>Act on creative ideas to make a tangible and useful contribution to the domain in which the innovation occurs </li></ul>
  9. 9. Learning and Innovation Skills: Critical Thinking & Problem Solving Skills <ul><li>Exercise sound reasoning in understanding </li></ul><ul><li>Make complex choices and decisions </li></ul><ul><li>Understand the interconnections among systems </li></ul><ul><li>Identify and ask significant questions that clarify various points of view and lead to better solutions </li></ul><ul><li>Frame, analyze and synthesize information in order to solve problems and answer questions </li></ul>
  10. 10. Learning and Innovation Skills: Communication and Collaboration Skills <ul><li>Articulate thoughts and ideas clearly and effectively through speaking and writing </li></ul><ul><li>Demonstrate ability to work effectively with diverse teams </li></ul><ul><li>Exercise flexibility and willingness to be helpful in making necessary compromises to accomplish a common goal </li></ul><ul><li>Assume shared responsibility for collaborative work </li></ul>
  11. 11. Information, Media & Technology Skills <ul><li>People in the 21 st century live in a technology and media-suffused environment, marked by access to an abundance of information, rapid changes in technology tools, and the ability to collaborate and make individual contributions on an unprecedented scale. To be effective in the 21 st century, citizens and workers must be able to exhibit a range of functional and critical thinking skills related to information, media and technology. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Information Literacy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Media Literacy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>ICT Literacy (Information, Communications & Technology) </li></ul></ul>Information, Media & Technology Skills
  12. 12. Information, Media and Technology Skills Information Literacy <ul><li>Access information efficiently and effectively, evaluate information critically and competently and use information accurately and creatively for the issue or problem at hand </li></ul><ul><li>Possess a fundamental understanding of the ethical/legal issues surrounding the access and use of information </li></ul>
  13. 13. Information, Media and Technology Skills Media Literacy <ul><li>Understand how media messages are constructed, for what purposes and using which tools, characteristics and conventions. </li></ul><ul><li>Examine how individuals interpret messages differently, how values and points of view are included or excluded and how media can influence beliefs and behaviors. </li></ul><ul><li>Possess a fundamental understanding of the ethical/legal issues surrounding the access and use of information </li></ul>
  14. 14. Information, Media and Technology Skills ICT Literacy <ul><li>Use digital technology, communication tools and/or networks appropriately to access, manage, integrate, evaluate, and create information in order to function in a knowledge economy </li></ul><ul><li>Use technology as a tool to research, organize, evaluate and communicate information, and the possession of a fundamental understanding of the ethical/legal issues surrounding the access and use of information </li></ul>
  15. 15. Life and Career Skills <ul><li>Today’s life and work environments require far more than thinking skills and content knowledge. The ability to navigate the complex life and work environments in the globally competitive information age requires students to pay rigorous attention to developing adequate life and career skills. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Flexibility & Adaptability </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Initiative & Self-Direction </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Social & Cross-Cultural Skills </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Productivity & Accountability </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Leadership & Responsibility </li></ul></ul>Life and Career Skills
  16. 16. Life and Career Skills Flexibility & Adaptability <ul><li>Adapt to varied roles and responsibilities </li></ul><ul><li>Worki effectively in a climate of ambiguity and changing priorities </li></ul>
  17. 17. Life and Career Skills Initiative & Self-Direction <ul><li>Monitor one’s own understanding and learning needs </li></ul><ul><li>Go beyond basic mastery of skills and/or curriculum to explore and expand one’s own learning and opportunities to gain expertise </li></ul><ul><li>Demonstrate initiative to advance skill levels towards a professional level </li></ul><ul><li>Define, prioritize and complete tasks without direct oversight </li></ul><ul><li>Utilize time efficiently and managing workload </li></ul><ul><li>Demonstrate commitment to learning as a lifelong process </li></ul>
  18. 18. Life and Career Skills Social & Cross-Cultural Skills <ul><li>Work appropriately and productively with others </li></ul><ul><li>Leverage the collective intelligence of groups when appropriate </li></ul><ul><li>Bridge cultural differences and using differing perspectives to increase innovation and the quality of work </li></ul>
  19. 19. Life and Career Skills Productivity & Accountability <ul><li>Set and meet high standards and goals for delivering quality work on time </li></ul><ul><li>Demonstrate diligence and a positive work ethic (e.g., being punctual and reliable) </li></ul>
  20. 20. Life and Career Skills Leadership & Responsibility <ul><li>Use interpersonal and problem-solving skills to influence and guide others toward a goal </li></ul><ul><li>Leverage strengths of others to accomplish a common goal </li></ul><ul><li>Demonstrate integrity and ethical behavior </li></ul><ul><li>Act responsibly with the interests of the larger community in mind </li></ul>
  21. 21. 21 ST Century Support Systems <ul><li>21 st century standards , assessments , curriculum and instruction , professional development and learning environments are the critical EDUCATION SYSTEMS necessary to ensure student mastery of 21 st century skills. They must be aligned to produce a support system that produces 21 st century outcomes for today’s students. </li></ul>21 st Century Support Systems
  22. 22. 21 st Century Support Systems Standards <ul><li>Focuses on 21 st century skills, content knowledge and expertise </li></ul><ul><li>Builds understanding across and among core subjects as well as 21 st century interdisciplinary themes </li></ul><ul><li>Emphasizes deep understanding rather than shallow knowledge </li></ul><ul><li>Engages students with the real world data, tools, and experts they will encounter in college, on the job, and in life--students learn best when actively engaged in solving meaningful problems </li></ul><ul><li>Allows for multiple measures of mastery </li></ul>
  23. 23. 21 st Century Support Systems Assessment of Skills <ul><li>Supports a balance of assessments, including high-quality standardized testing along with effective classroom formative and summative assessments </li></ul><ul><li>Emphasizes useful feedback on student performance that is embedded into everyday learning </li></ul><ul><li>Requires a balance of technology-enhanced, formative and summative assessments that measure student mastery of 21 st century skills </li></ul>
  24. 24. 21 st Century Support Systems Assessment of Skills <ul><li>Enables development of portfolios of student work that demonstrate mastery of 21 st century skills to educators and prospective employers </li></ul><ul><li>Enables a balanced portfolio of measures to assess the educational system’s effectiveness at reaching high levels of student competency in 21 st century skills </li></ul>
  25. 25. 21 st Century Support Systems Curriculum & Instruction <ul><li>Teaches 21 st century skills discretely in the context of core subjects and 21 st century interdisciplinary themes </li></ul><ul><li>Focuses on providing opportunities for applying 21 st century skills across content areas and for a competency-based approach to learning </li></ul><ul><li>Enables innovative learning methods that integrate the use of supportive technologies, inquiry- and problem-based approaches and higher order thinking skills </li></ul><ul><li>Encourages the integration of community resources beyond school walls </li></ul>
  26. 26. 21 st Century Support Systems Professional Development <ul><li>Highlights ways teachers can seize opportunities for integrating 21 st century skills, tools and teaching strategies into their classroom practice — and help them identify what activities they can replace/de-emphasize </li></ul><ul><li>Balances direct instruction with project-oriented teaching methods </li></ul><ul><li>Illustrates how a deeper understanding of subject matter can actually enhance problem-solving, critical thinking, and other 21 st century skills </li></ul><ul><li>Enables 21 st century professional learning communities for teachers that models the kinds of classroom learning that best promotes 21 st century skills for students </li></ul>
  27. 27. 21 st Century Support Systems Professional Development <ul><li>Cultivates teachers’ ability to identify students’ particular learning styles, intelligences, strengths and weaknesses </li></ul><ul><li>Helps teachers develop their abilities to use various strategies (such as formative assessments) to reach diverse students and to create environments that support differentiated teaching and learning </li></ul><ul><li>Supports the continuous evaluation of students’ 21 st century skills development </li></ul><ul><li>Encourages knowledge sharing among communities of practitioners, using face-to-face, virtual and blended communications </li></ul><ul><li>Uses a scaleable and sustainable model of professional development </li></ul>
  28. 28. 21 st Century Support Systems Learning Environments <ul><li>Creates learning practices, human support and physical environments that will support the teaching and learning of 21 st century skill outcomes </li></ul><ul><li>Supports professional learning communities that enable educators to collaborate, share best practices and integrate 21 st century skills into classroom practice </li></ul><ul><li>Enables students to learn in relevant, real world 21 st century contexts (e.g., through project-based or other applied work) </li></ul>
  29. 29. 21 st Century Support Systems Learning Environments <ul><li>Allows equitable access to quality learning tools, technologies and resources </li></ul><ul><li>Provides 21 st century architectural and interior designs for group, team and individual learning. </li></ul><ul><li>Supports expanded community and international involvement in learning, both face-to-face and online </li></ul>
  30. 30. 21 st Century Learning Skills January 18, 2008