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Woodward Academy 
North Campus 
One Book, 
One Community: 
Global Achievement 
Gap, 
by Tony Wagner 
October 23, 2014 
***...
Introductions 
-name 
-children & grade
"... I have observed that the longer our 
children are in school, the less curious they 
become. Effective communication, ...
“I worry about the future of science in 
this country. For kids to get passionate 
about science, they have to get their 
...
”A Harris Interactive survey of 2,001 
U.S. college students and 1,000 hiring 
managers last fall found that 69% of 
stude...
Per Wagner, The "Global Achievement Gap" is 
the gap between what even our best schools are 
teaching and testing 
-VS-The...
1. Critical Thinking & Problem-solving 
2. Collaboration Across Networks 
& Leading by Influence 
3. Agility & Adaptabilit...
HOW do we talk to our kids? 
"What the teacher does is the means by which 
the students learn -- not the end… I have 
cons...
Guided by the Academy mission and vision statement, 
Woodward has looked very closely at what and how we 
teach for today’...
Thank you, Shelley Paul, Woodard 
Academy Director of Learning Design, for 
for sharing your resources and creative 
conte...
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  1. 1. Woodward Academy North Campus One Book, One Community: Global Achievement Gap, by Tony Wagner October 23, 2014 ***As you settle in for our meeting, please take a moment to complete the ½ page found on your chair. We will be using this in our discussion this morning.
  2. 2. Introductions -name -children & grade
  3. 3. "... I have observed that the longer our children are in school, the less curious they become. Effective communication, curiosity, and critical thinking skills, as we will see, are much more than just the traditional desirable outcomes of a liberal arts education. They are essential competencies and habits of mind for life in the 21st century." - Wagner, The Global Achievement Gap (p xxiii)
  4. 4. “I worry about the future of science in this country. For kids to get passionate about science, they have to get their hands dirty, literally, and learn to observe…not just memorize facts from a textbook. The kids who take my intro lab have gotten top scores on all the AP science courses, but they don’t know how to observe, they want to know what they should be looking for and what the right answer is.” Jonathan King, MIT professor of molecular biology, Global Achievement Gap p. 7
  5. 5. ”A Harris Interactive survey of 2,001 U.S. college students and 1,000 hiring managers last fall found that 69% of students felt they were “very or completely prepared” for problem-solving tasks in the workplace, while fewer than half of the employers agreed.” Wall Street Journal, Oct. 22, 2014
  6. 6. Per Wagner, The "Global Achievement Gap" is the gap between what even our best schools are teaching and testing -VS-The skills all students will need for careers, college, and citizenship in the 21st century. Do you agree that there is a “Global Achievement Gap?”
  7. 7. 1. Critical Thinking & Problem-solving 2. Collaboration Across Networks & Leading by Influence 3. Agility & Adaptability 4. Initiative & Entrepreneurialism 5. Effective Oral & Written Communication 6. Accessing & Analyzing Information 7. Curiosity & Imagination
  8. 8. HOW do we talk to our kids? "What the teacher does is the means by which the students learn -- not the end… I have consistently found that the kinds of questions students are asked and the extent to which a teacher challenges students to explain their thinking or expand on their answers are reliable indicators of the level of intellectual rigor in a class." (Wagner, pp 52-53)
  9. 9. Guided by the Academy mission and vision statement, Woodward has looked very closely at what and how we teach for today’s learner and today’s world! We focus on both hard and soft skills, with a new emphasis on modeling and teaching -the 4 C’s (collaboration, communication, critical thinking, and creativity) -developing an inherent love of learning -developing a global view -resilience -flexibility and agility -passion
  10. 10. Thank you, Shelley Paul, Woodard Academy Director of Learning Design, for for sharing your resources and creative content which was used in part for this presentation.

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