The 21st Century


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The 21st Century

  1. 1. Are we meeting the needs of students in the 21st Century? <br /><br />
  2. 2. Today’s 21st Century Student is …….<br />A Collaborator<br />Seeks out networks<br />Exchanges ideas in a global environment using digital technologies<br />Uses technology to interact with others<br />Cooperative<br />A Free Agent<br />Adjusts & takes advantage of change & environments<br />Diversifies self to compete with others<br />Explores latest technology & finds ways to apply it <br />Self reliant<br />Creative<br />
  3. 3. Today’s 21st Century Student is…..<br />An Analyzer<br />Uses critical thinking<br />Skilled at research<br />Applies findings<br />Seeks opportunities for action research<br />Argues point of view effectively<br />Analyzes & applies information to new situations<br />A Synthesizer<br />makes connections across disciplines<br />Has new ways of seeing the world <br />Creates, investigates, & seizes opportunities for development & change<br />Thrives in complex & challenging learning environments<br />
  4. 4. The partnership for 21st century skills had developed a vision for 21st century student success in the new global economy.<br />21st century student outcomes and support systems include:<br />Core Subjects and 21st Century Themes<br />Learning and Innovation Skills<br />Information, Media and Technology Skills<br />Life and Career Skills<br />
  5. 5. 21st Century TeacherCore subjects and 21st Century Themes<br />Must teach the master core subjects: English, reading or language arts. World languages, arts, mathematics, economics, science, geography, history, government and civics.<br />Must promote understanding of academic content at high level by weaving 21st century interdisciplinary themes into core subjects:<br />Global Awareness <br />Financial, Economic, Business and Entrepreneurial Literacy<br />Civic Literacy<br />Health Literacy<br />
  6. 6. 21st Century TeacherLearning and Innovation Skills<br />Must teach students to be:<br />Creativity and Innovated<br />Critical thinkers and problem solvers<br />Communicators and Collaborators<br />
  7. 7. 21st Century TeacherInformation, Media and Technology Skills<br />Must teach students to be:<br />Information literal<br />Media literal<br />ICT (information, communications and technology) literal<br />
  8. 8. 21st Century TeacherLife and Career Skills<br />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 require that one pays rigorous attention to developing adequate life and career skills, such as:<br />*Flexibility and Adaptability <br />* Initiative and Self-Direction<br />*Social and Cross-Cultural Skills<br />*Productivity and Accountability<br />*Leadership and Responsibility<br />
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  11. 11. The 21st Century Administrator<br />Visionary<br />Administrators will come less from traditional teacher and principal prep programs and more from the successful side of the business sector<br />Strategic planning will be the driving force with a focus on the future and on results<br />Create opportunities for students to focus on real world application of knowledge<br />Less spotlight on compliance and more on empowerment<br />Flexibility<br />Marketing<br />Establish partnerships with community stakeholders<br />Focus on networking and collaborating with local businesses and agencies<br />Competition with non traditional schools such as private schools, home schools, charter schools, online courses among others leads to a focus on marketing school offerings<br />Parent and community involvement will be a major focus<br />
  12. 12. 21st Century Administrator<br />Facilitator<br />Leads by empowering <br />Focus on collective knowledge <br />Collaboration, establishing professional learning communities, sharing best practices will be focuses<br />Viewed less of an authority figure and more of an advocate <br />Will constantly need to ask, “How can I help you be successful”?<br />Resource Manager<br />Since school needs and student needs are constantly evolving, the school leaders must continually seek out and utilize necessary resources to meet the changing needs<br />Resources must be flexible and transferable to maximize effectiveness and to shift to areas of greatest need<br />
  13. 13. References<br />Lambert, M. (2002). 21st Century Learners and their approach<br /> to Learning. United Kingdom: University of Wolverhampton, School of Education.<br />Wesch, Michael, et. al. (2007). A vision of students today. Retrieved June 19, 2009 from<br />