21st Century Learning Ready, Set, Shift!


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21st Century Learning Ready, Set, Shift!

  1. 1. ST 21 CENTURY LEARNING Ready, Ready, Set, Shift
  2. 2. Introductions     Karen Carlson – Assistant Superintendent for Teaching, Learning, and Accountability, Glen Ellyn School District 41 Sarah Rodriguez – Advanced and Enriched Curriculum Teacher, Franklin School Stacy Slater – Literacy Specialist, Franklin School Kirk Samples – Principal, Franklin School
  3. 3. Outcomes for Today  Learn about our journey  Learn about a process to shift into 21st century teaching and learning  Learn about the changes we were able to make in the 13/14 school year and our next steps
  4. 4. Turn & Talk What would school look like if you could redesign school?  Take 3 – 4 minutes to think outside the box. What would be your ideal school? What would it take to make it happen?
  5. 5. Ready - Getting Ready      D41 Learner Characteristics Long-Range Plan PLCs Changes to the learning environment – furniture Call for membership – Think Tank
  6. 6. Professional Learning Communities    Practicing PLCs for five years Provides opportunities for grade-level teams to collaborate This year PLCs became more inclusive
  7. 7. Classrooms as catalyst, inspiration   To consider while watching the following video clip… How these classrooms look and sound: movement, groupings, teamwork, independence & student ownership; students can choose how and where to learn  What the teacher is not doing; what the students are doing  Synergy of technology, PBL, teacher facilitation  Evidence of the district’s Learner Characteristics  VIDEO: What does 21st Century Learning Look Like?
  8. 8. Turn & Talk  Considering your own district, where are you on the 21st Century learning continuum?  What are some driving forces?  What are some restraining forces?  What are the benefits to students? To the community?
  9. 9. Think Tank – Call for Membership  Outcome: To create an integrated curricula approach using 21st Century Project Based Learning that connects our students globally. PBL Charge for the group:  Rethinking the day – how do we close the achievement gap of our lowest level learners, while challenging all students with rigor/relevance/ relationships in an integrated cross-curricula approach. (Emphasis on inquiry, problem and/or project based learning)
  10. 10. Think Tank – Call for Membership Committee Member Experiences/Expectations:          Ability to “think outside the box” Positive attitude when approaching new/challenging tasks Background or experiences (or a willingness to learn) in project or problem based learning Experience in connecting new technologies to the curriculum Attend all scheduled meetings, actively participate in meetings and contribute to the work of the group Complete all assignments or other tasks as needed or requested (will include outside reading and research Willingness to learn Serve as a teacher leader and positively promote the work of the group Abide by the norms established by the group
  11. 11. Turn & Talk  What groundwork needs to be in place at your school or district to encourage people to think outside of the box?  Questions?
  12. 12. SET Setting the stage to make the shift    Work around the Common Core (reading, math, NGSS) Work of the Think Tank PBLs
  13. 13. Work with the Common Core  ELA – modules/integration of Social Studies Math – compacting/acceleration NGSS – deconstruction and articulation  Challenges with each  
  14. 14. Essential Questions for Modules Module A Module C Module D How can we improve our Community? Level 2 Module B What Does It Mean to Be a Citizen in a Democracy? How Does Our Economy Connect Us with the World? How Do People Around the World Live? Informational Writing: Opinion/Persuasive Letter Informational Writing: Biographical Sketches Narrative Writing: Launch Narrative Writing: Poetry What was the Relationship between Exploration and Encounters in the New World? Level 3 Informational Writing: Q & A Books Narrative Writing: Launch How Did Early Colonial Life Shape America? Informational Writing: List Articles Narrative Writing: Graphic Narratives Was the American Revolution Inevitable? Informational Writing: Interest Magazines Narrative Writing: Short Stories of Realistic Fiction How Did The Colonies Become a Nation? Informational Writing: Argument Essay Informational Writing: Biography Informational Writing: Essay Narrative Writing: Poetry Narrative Writing: Historical Fiction Narrative Writing: Fantasy
  15. 15. Work of the Think Tank          Research Conferences Guest Speakers Site Visits Thinking Outside the Box 6 Thinking Hats Membership grew from 25 – 60 Parent Advisory Successes/Challenges
  16. 16. Problem(Project) Based Learning  What is it?  an instructional approach built upon authentic learning activities that engage student interest and motivation. These activities are designed to answer a question or solve a problem and generally reflect the types of learning and work people do in the everyday world outside the classroom
  17. 17. PBL   allows students to reflect upon their own ideas and opinions, exercise voice and choice, and make decisions that affect project outcomes and the learning process in general teaches students 21st century skills as well as content. These skills include communication and presentation skills, organization and time management skills, research and inquiry skills, self-assessment and reflection skills, and group participation and leadership skills
  18. 18. First Graders learned about the life cycle of a plant by exploring and observing seeds, growing their own plants, and studying the plant environment in Ben Franklin’s Courtyard.
  19. 19. Once students learned what plants need to grow, they brainstormed ways to test the variables.
  20. 20. Scientific Inquiry Wheel Inquiry wheel Students changed one variable and controlled the other 3.
  21. 21. No Water or Liquid No Soil / Pasta No Air / See through box No Sunlight / Cabinet
  22. 22. Emerald Ash Borer Power Point Presentations Brochures Glogster Online Posters
  23. 23. Fourth Grade representatives presenting a check for money raised at a village board meeting.
  24. 24. Parent Engagement PBL  How can we engage our at-risk families at Ben Franklin School?  20 staff members comprised of classroom teachers, specialists, paraprofessionals, student support staff, and an administrator Kick-Off Event/Invitation presented at staff meeting Guiding Questions (Identification, Communication, Culture, Participation, and Parent Education Study Teams formed to answer questions Essential participation opportunities (Meet & Greet, Curriculum Night, Conferences, Open House) For Meet & Greet: Strengthening communication; “Lunch & Learn;” Friendly Faces in place to assist families; Connecting with classroom teachers. Collecting Data to evaluate events (survey) Planning for Curriculum Night, Conferences, & Open House Looking Ahead: Once relationships are formed, then what? How can we connect parents with their child’s academic life at school?        
  25. 25. Shift! Shifting to 21st Teaching and Learning        Multiage Specialization Time PD Technology STEAM lab Implementation of Common Core, PBLs
  26. 26. Implementing Think Tank Recommendations     Structural changes to the day Teacher specialization Shifts in time Professional development
  27. 27. Implementation Continued     Multiage Technology Common Core PBLs
  28. 28. STEAM Labs  Video: STEAM Labs
  29. 29. Team21 and Next Steps    Innovation and research arm of our Teams for Excellence 50+ hours of summer work on the following: Parent/Teacher Conferences Recalibrating our PLCs Study of Time Evaluating 21st Century Learning Anticipated changes in the 14/15 school year
  30. 30. Thank you!  Video: Making it Rain
  31. 31. Questions?  Karen Carlson  kcarlson@d41.org  Kirk Samples  ksamples@d41.org  Sarah Rodriguez  srodriguez@d41.org  Stacy Slater  sslater@d41.org  http://www.slideshare.net/kcarlson6645/21st- century-learning-27489324