Keys to Success for Education Leaders


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  • SLIDE 2 Today I’ll be speaking to you about how eight school districts in the US Gulf Coast embarked on a journey of education transformation after Hurricane Katrina. Despite the devastation and the rebuilding challenge these districts faced , they also decided to take on the rethinking challenge. They used the devastation of the hurricane as an opportunity to look at new ways of teaching and learning for the 21st century.
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  • SLIDE 3 After Hurricane Katrina , school districts in the Gulf Coast faced enormous challenges. But some also saw opportunity in crisis . Some recognized that they were at a pivotal point -- that the storm had given them a unique chance to develop a new vision .
  • SLIDE 4 Partners stepped forward to help, including Cisco. And the eight districts became part of the Cisco 21st Century Schools Initiative , or 21S. According to Cisco CEO John Chambers, the vision for 21S was to empower students to thrive in the 21st century economy, using the Gulf Coast schools as the catalyst. Twenty Cisco Fellows relocated to the Gulf Coast to help the schools rethink education for the 21st century. The focus was on scalability and sustainability , since many school reform efforts have failed in the past due to a lack of attention to these areas. Most importantly, the vision was built around student-centered learning , enabled and driven by technology.
  • SLIDE 5 So the overall goal of 21S was to develop a new, sustainable model for holistic education reform to prepare students for the 21stcentury global economy. This model was based on a new framework for change.
  • SLIDE 7 Also, research shows that 21st century teaching and learning must include 21st century skills —collaboration, creativity, problem solving, innovation, media literacy, and more—to prepare students for jobs in our global economy. An emphasis on 21st century skills and pedagogy was the second principle in the framework for change.
  • SLIDE 8 School leaders are well aware that many students are not engaged in learning because the way they learn in their digital world today is dramatically differen t from the way they are taught in school. But leaders know they if they can engage students , they will learn, and 21S addressed this with technologies and strategies that engage kids. So a new way of thinking about learning--with students at the center --was key to the 21S initiative.
  • SLIDE 9 Very importantly, 21S provided job-embedded professional development at every level. The goal was to help build leadership skills and well as in-classroom teaching skills . This was a key element of the framework for change.
  • SLIDE 11 And because school districts can’t do it alone, 21S brought in partner s in areas such as training and integrating technology into the curriculum to support learning. As you see at the bottom of this slide, every component of the framework for change was enabled by technology. Technology provided the backbone for daily teaching and learning as well as for the district and school infrastructure. Finally, the entire 21S effort was evaluated on a regular basis by Education Development Corporation —a highly regarded independent evaluator--and their feedback was incorporated back into the program. Now I’d like to show you a short video clip with some comments from one the 21S principals,
  • SLIDE 13 The new sustainable framework for change was based on four main transformational processes --visionary leadership; 21st century classroom practice high-quality infrastructure; and policies, procedures, and partners
  • SLIDE 15 Dr. Diane Roussel , the superintendent of Jefferson Parish Public Schools in Louisiana, had dreamt of change in her district since long before Hurricane Katrina hit. But it wasn’t until the district became part of 21S that she was able to flesh out her dream into a fully fledged vision and program for education transformation. Dr. Roussel’s dream was to prepare students for the rapidly changing demands of our global economy, to help all students reach their potential, and to fulfill what she calls “the moral imperative” of education. So she grasped the opportunity for change presented by the tragedy of the hurricane and set about a program of system wide change in her district. And she consistently led the team by emphasizing the role of technology, professional development, and student-centered learning in bringing change to the district. She has continued this effort with an institute to be held each August in her district to showcase the district’s achievements to other educators.
  • SLIDE 16 Here we see some of the ways that Dr. Roussel and other leaders in Jefferson Parish have driven change forward in their district. Although 21S started in only 16 schools in this district, change had to take place at a fairly rapid rate —for one thing, technologies are quickly outdated if the process takes too long. And the district has met its goal for all 87 schools to be on board this year. As you know, “ model schools” or “schools of the future ” are common in education reform efforts. But that’s not what 21S is about, and it’s not what Jefferson Parish is about. This district is serious about sustainability and replication . Their goal is to have every school in the district reap the benefits of the 21S experience. New organizational structures —with an expanded technology team and a design team in each school—support this system wide vision .
  • And speaking of partners, we at Cisco certainly do not believe that we can go it alone or set an agenda for change without your help and the input of education leaders around the world. That’s why we’ve set up a public service web site, GETideas. org, as a place for education leaders to collaborate on a new vision for change. We urge you to visit GETideas, connect with other leaders, and join the dialogue on global education transformation. And please don’t forget to register for other presentations in our series. We value your input and look forward to seeing you on . That concludes my presentation . We will have time now to address a few of your questions . If you have more, please feel free to click on the hand icon and type them in. Also, after the Q&A you will see a link to our very short online survey . We do value your feedback and hope that you’ll take a moment to give us your comments. Here’s the first question…
  • Keys to Success for Education Leaders

    1. 1. 21 st Century Pedagogy: Keys to Success Peg Maddocks, Ph.D. Director, Learning & Assessment Solutions Cisco Global Education
    2. 2. Conversations on Global Education Transformation A video series for education leaders on An online community for education leaders
    3. 3. Some Roles Are Reversing: Are you Ready? “ This is a unique period in history in that the role of the child is changing. “ For the first time, there are things that the parents and teachers want to know about and do, where the kids are, in fact, the authority. ” John Seeley Brown, Director Emeritus, Xerox PARC
    4. 4. Grown Up Digital: Generation Y (Net Gen) <ul><li>Ten-year follow-up to “growing up digital” </li></ul><ul><li>10,000 Gen Y young people (10-30 years old) </li></ul><ul><li>Fundamental differences including changed thinking processes </li></ul><ul><li>Technology is like air – necessary for living </li></ul>
    5. 5. Expectations of the Net Gen Learner <ul><li>Freedom </li></ul><ul><li>Collaboration </li></ul><ul><li>Innovation </li></ul><ul><li>Entertainment </li></ul><ul><li>Speed </li></ul><ul><li>Integrity and openness </li></ul><ul><li>Ability to scrutinize and customize </li></ul>
    6. 6. Response to Global Competition % employers who think 21 st century skills will be more important in graduates over next 5 years Critical Thinking/ Problem Solving IT Application Teamwork/ Collaboration Creativity/ Innovation Diversity “ The best employers the world over will be looking for the most creative, most innovative people on the face of the earth.” Tough Choices for Tough Times, 2007
    7. 7. Needs of Society and Community “ Education in a democracy is neither a property right nor a civil right. It is a moral imperative and a cultural requirement. “ Public education is provided to promote the common good and the general welfare.” Phil Schlechty, Leading for Learning , 2009
    8. 8. The Need for Change Learner Demands engaging environment Demands relevant skills and knowledge Facing large scale disruption In need of a bold and urgent response Education System Society Demands 21 st century capabilities Demands lifelong learners
    9. 9. Schools as Learning Organizations “ In a learning organization , students are viewed by teachers and others in the school as knowledge workers, volunteers , and customers for engaging work.” Phil Schlechty, Leading for Learning , 2009
    10. 10. “ Knowledge Worker” Work <ul><li>Personalized —Learning and expression styles, interests, pace, (Renzulli, Tomlinson) </li></ul><ul><li>Challenging —High expectations at appropriate level (Marzano, Williams) </li></ul><ul><li>Interdisciplinary —Blending content for integrated learning outcomes (Wagner, Dede) </li></ul><ul><li>Authentic, relevant —Content and learning activities relevant to society and the learner (Newmann, Lombardi) </li></ul><ul><li>Engaging, collaborative —Physical, emotional, social engagement using collaborative technologies (Bransford, Lemke) </li></ul><ul><li>Product focused —Activities connect meaningfully to product (Schlechty, Wiske) </li></ul>
    11. 11. P 3 Project-Based Learning <ul><li>Students work on meaningful projects </li></ul><ul><li>The process offers an opportunity to learn </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A variety of skills, including 21 st century skills </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Interesting content from across disciplines </li></ul></ul><ul><li>The product offers an opportunity to create </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Personal evidence of skills/content learning </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>High-quality product relevant to standards, student, and audience </li></ul></ul>Enabled by Technology
    12. 12. 1. Propose 2. Plan 5. Publish 4. Produce 3. Persist 1 2 5 3 4 Strategy and Steps Teacher as guide, facilitator, resource navigator and expert when needed PRIDE Learner as Knowledge Worker
    13. 13. Education 3.0 Pedagogy: Keys to Success Personalized Challenging Interdisciplinary Authentic and relevant <ul><li>Student Outcomes </li></ul><ul><li>21 st century skills </li></ul><ul><li>Core and specialized knowledge </li></ul><ul><li>Authentic proof of capabilities </li></ul>Engaging and collaborative Product focused
    14. 14. 21 st Century Pedagogy: Keys to Success Live Discussion
    15. 15. A public service website for education leaders GET Informed , GET Inspired , GET Involved <ul><li>A place to GET connected and GET students ready to succeed in the 21 st century </li></ul><ul><li>Thought leaders </li></ul><ul><li>Blogs </li></ul><ul><li>Case studies </li></ul><ul><li>Webinars </li></ul><ul><li>News </li></ul><ul><li>Videos </li></ul><ul><li>Resources </li></ul><ul><li>More </li></ul>Join the Dialogue