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Connectivity Presentation

  1. 1. Our Plan for the Future of Reading Public Schools Our Vision Presented by:   Richard Davidson Stephanie Horhota Joanne Alvarez Christine Steinhauser
  2. 2. <ul><li>We propose to make the Reading Public School district one that prepares students to be active participants in their education and understand their role as a citizen of our community and world through: </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Collaboration </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Critical Thinking </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Community Partners </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Global Awareness </li></ul></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul>&quot;It is the business of education to &quot;ingrain into the individuals working habits methods of inquiry and reasoning appropriate to the various problems that present themselves.&quot; Source: Partnership for 21st Century Skills - John Dewey quote, page11
  3. 3. Collaboration: &quot;We may be from opposite sides of the world, but our students became one class tethered by invisible strings of bits and bytes.&quot; <ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>A greater focus on building social skills at the youngest levels. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Open Circle </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Responsive Classroom </li></ul></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Group projects and assessments  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Online and face to face </li></ul></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Assessing students' ability to collaborate as well as the content. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>District rubrics throughout the grades  </li></ul></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul>
  4. 4. Critical Thinking &quot;We were operating under the old rules and then the old rules changed, but nobody put up a sign.” Thomas Friedman <ul><li>Develop metacognition among students </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Oral and written explanations for all content areas </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Projects requiring broad conceptual understanding </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Emphasize problem solving </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Implementation of the Engineering Design Process </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Application based projects </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Develop information literacy skills across the curriculum. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Information literacy class beginning in elementary </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Require internet sources for all research papers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>  </li></ul></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul>
  5. 5.    Community Partners <ul><li>  Schools reflect the values of the community   </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Mission and vission statement </li></ul></ul><ul><li>  Educate parents about the 21st century </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Parents need to understand their child is in competition with the world </li></ul></ul><ul><li>  Hold the community responsible for our children as well as schools. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Internships - locally and internationally </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Business Mentors </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>College partnerships </li></ul></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>&quot;...delayed gratification is a punishment worse than a spanking, the sense that our kids have to be swaddled in cotton so that nothing bad or disappointing or stressful ever happens to them at school is, quite simply, a growing cancer on American society.&quot; </li></ul><ul><li>Source: The World is Flat by T Friedman, page 397. </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul>
  6. 6. Community Partners in the Classroom         What does it look like in the real world?                             Source: YouTube-Community Partners CCPY -California Community Partners for Youth        
  7. 7.   Global  Awareness <ul><ul><li>Begin foreign languages in  elementary school  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>  brain development, self-awareness </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Emphasize current events and global competition </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>  geography, professions, comparisons, connections </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Communicate with members of other communities and cultures </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>skype, webcams, podcasts, epals </li></ul></ul>&quot;Arguably, it is harder to get into an Indian Institute of Technology than into Harvard or MIT...&quot;     The Wall St. Journal, April 16, 2003
  8. 8. <ul><li>Classroom: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Time to teach 21st century skills   </li></ul></ul><ul><li>School/District: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>updated technology- computers, cameras, software, webcams </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>greater supply of computers and technical support for trouble shooting </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Professional development: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>time for teachers to learn 21st century practices and develop them </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>time for teachers to collaborate on interdisciplinary projects </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>workshops and courses to develop teachers understanding of other content areas </li></ul></ul>Resources Needed to Develop 21st Century  Community
  9. 9. Where do we find the needed time for 21st Century learning? <ul><li>Based on our proposal, extra time on learning is needed.  We would like to investigate the following : </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Extended school days </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Extended School year </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Extended HS experience </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Research on extended day schools in MA </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Article on results of extended day in MA </li></ul>
  10. 10. Work Cited <ul><li>Friedman, Thomas L.  The World is Flat . New York: Picador, 2007 </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Partnership for 21st Century Skills  ; www.21stcenturyskills.org </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>CCPY -California Community Partners for Youth </li></ul><ul><li>Source: YouTube-Community Partners </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Expanded Learning Time Network </li></ul><ul><li>www.mass2020.org </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Richmond, Will; &quot;Officials Taking a Long Look at Extended School Days&quot;, South Carolina, August 26, 2008. </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>cnn.com: &quot;Study: Geography Greek to young Americans&quot;  </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.cnn.com/2006/EDUCATION/05/02/geog.test/index.html </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  11. 11. Work Cited <ul><li>Loughlin, Sean , &quot;House cafeterias change names for 'french' fries and 'french' toast: Move reflects anger over France's stance on Iraq ,&quot;  Wednesday, March 12, 2003 </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.cnn.com/2003/ALLPOLITICS/03/11/sprj.irq.fries/ </li></ul><ul><li>Seager, Ashley: &quot;Development: US fails to measure up on 'human index' · Nation slumps from 2nd to 12th in global table · Richest fifth take home $168,000, poorest $11,000&quot; </li></ul><ul><li>July 17, 2008 The Guardian </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2008/jul/17/internationalaidanddevelopment.usa </li></ul><ul><li>&quot;MCAS Tests of Spring 2008 Percent of Students at Each Performance Level for Reading Memorial High&quot; </li></ul><ul><li>http://profiles.doe.mass.edu/mcas/performance_level.aspx?linkid=32&orgcode=02460505&orgtypecode=6& </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>   </li></ul>
  12. 12. Work Cited <ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>&quot;What does research show about the benefits of language learning?&quot; </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.discoverlanguages.org/i4a/pages/index.cfm?pageid=4524 </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>&quot;What We Can Learn From Foreign Language Teaching In Other Countries Ingrid Pufahl, Nancy C. Rhodes, and Donna Christian, Center for Applied Linguistics  published in December 2000 by the ERIC Clearinghouse on Languages and Linguistics, Center for Applied Linguistics, Washington, DC </li></ul><ul><li>Talukder, Gargi, &quot;How the Brain Learns a Second Language&quot;  </li></ul><ul><li>January 2001 http://www.brainconnection.com/topics/?main=fa/second-language </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>&quot;Human BiologyBrain Science — We Are Wired to Learn!&quot; March 29, 2007  </li></ul><ul><li>http://biologybiozine.com/articles/unit-9-human-biology/brain_science_we_are_wired_to.php </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul>

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