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Designs for Future Learning


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This presentation was given at the Treasure Mountain Research Retreat in 2009 to share my views of the future directions and trends in education.

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Designs for Future Learning

  1. 1. Impending and PotentialChanges in EducationSteven M. Baule, ED.D., PH.D.Superintendent, CUSD 201Westmont,
  2. 2. My BackgroundClassroom teacher: rural IowaSLMS: far west suburban ChicagoAdministrator: high performing suburbanChicago high school districtsHS Principal: urban high schoolSuperintendent: suburban DuPage County
  3. 3. My perspective Suburban Chicago (DuPage County Illinois) Small district 1600 students PK-12 25% minority population ~ 27% low income ~10% mobility rate Barely balanced budget ~ state rates us asdeficit spending
  4. 4. NCLB & Federal (US) Accountability The elephant sitting on our collective chest Without grassroots outrage, NCLB willbecome more punitive in the next iteration Evaluation of teachers based at least partiallyupon standardized testing will almost certainlybe a reality Most programs which enrich but do not booststandardized achievement will have little hopeof support in the NCLB environment All new program growth will need to be datadrivenNCLB=No Child Left Behind (US Federal Accountability legislation)
  5. 5. Charter Schools Schools with less focus on state or labor unionregulations As long as they produce, they will be allowed tobend or ignore the state/labor rules They will pull talent away from other schoolswho need role models and producers Charter schools seem to be more urban in focus,but that will continue to change
  6. 6. Common Core CurriculumA national US curriculum is almostcertainly in the futureIn almost all states, this will drive upstandards and accountabilityBased upon ensuring ALL high schoolgraduates can have success in an entrylevel “for credit” college courseVisit
  7. 7. What will the common corestandards look like? Fewer, clearer, and higher Articulate to parents, teachers, and the generalpublic expectations for what students will knowand be able to do when they graduate from highschool Internationally benchmarked Research and evidence based Ready for states to adopt – 48 are in supportFrom Council of Chief School Officer’s website, 2009
  8. 8. IDEA & RTI Huge changes to special educationSpecial Education has done a good job of identifying those whoneed help, but hasn’t closed the achievement gap, it has createda greater gap, so future remediation will need to also acceleratethese students so they can catch up “Scientifically based research” used 110 times in thelegislation (David Prasse) (EdWeek 10/17/2007, 100+ times +evidence-based, etc.) Specifics are outlined for reading programs Specifics for math are on the way RTI will replace the discrepancy model for learningdisability (LD) identificationIDEA = Individuals with DisabilitiesEducation ActRTI = Response to Intervention
  9. 9. Focus Shift from West to East Look to Asia particularly China and India Asian languages ~ China is pushing Mandarin China will soon be the largest English speakingcountry in the world All Indian college graduates are fluent in English There are more honor students in China thanNorth America has studentsLook to the Asia Society’s profile of global learners(Look at Karl Fisch’s Did you know video seriesDaniel Pink’s A Whole New MindA recent IBM employee orientation included only 3 UScitizens in a class of more than 100
  10. 10. Continued: Rise of the EastInternational searches for bilingualteachers in some large urban districtsSignificant concern the dollar may notcontinue as the de facto internationalmonetary standardOther nations are already turning awayfrom the dollarWhat will replace it?
  11. 11. Technology Infusion SmartBoards, etc., via stimulus funding More handheld devices Can those devices be harnessed effectively• Extend the school day and year without huge costs Virtual enrollments continue to rise; somehomeschool/private school students may return to publicschools for online content Hybrid schools will become much more common Read Disrupting Class by Clayton Christensen
  12. 12. Job Security v. VouchersWe should stop being so nice. After all, weve gotour qualifications and jobs, and we dont have themoral right to sit placidly on the sidelines whilstsome educators are potentially jeopardizing thechances of our youngsters~ Karl Fisch (fischbowl blog 9/11/2007)
  13. 13. Teacher Job Security If schools are going to make significant changes, tenurerights are going to have to be severely curtailed in orderfor administrators to motivate, retrain or replaceineffective teachers Pay tied to performance is almost a certainty Pay tied to degrees/credit hours held may disappear This should increase real collaboration betweenprofessionals, expand PLCs, and similar efforts to worktowards best practice
  14. 14. Teacher Leaders For systemic change to be successful,teacher leaders will need to be developed andencouraged to lead in both formal andinformal ways Administrators and professors must providethe tools for these emerging leaders Some states are considering new levels ofcertification for teacher - leaders
  15. 15. Health Care & SafetySchools will continue to expand theirsocial services responsibilitiesPublic health staffs see schools as one ofthe best ways to communicate with thepublic at largeSafety and violence is a continuingconcern
  16. 16. Critical Skills for the Educator in 2020Routine data analysis and reporting• Dashboard reportingDifferentiation for ALL students• Second language students, the disabled, etc. willall be expected to meet the same higher standardCommunication with all stakeholdersFiscal responsibility• Additional fiscal resources just don’t seem to be inthe picture
  17. 17. What Can We Do? Provide practitioners with real data on programeffectiveness tied to direct impact on standardized tests& other performance indicators Contact your legislators and demand a more holisticapproach to monitoring school success Stress the importance of lifelong learning for staff as wellas students Strive to create better accountability Look to the Internet 2.0 while facing east (actually west) Embrace programs for ELL, IEP, minority, poor andmigrant studentsELL = English Language Learning ; IEP = Individual Education Plan(special education students)
  18. 18. Implications for Facilities Buildings will be used more flexibly Smaller groups, hybrid schools, wider age ranges (parentingclasses/job retraining, etc.) Longer hours, evening hours, weekend and summer uses? Security will continue to be a major concern Classroom instruction will continue to differentiate andtherefore need a winder range of “spaces” in each classroom Fewer “traditional classrooms” more flexible large and smallgroup spaces Specific areas to accommodate the needs of parents will beneeded in hybrid schools Media centers will need more flexible group areas Power outlets for hand/palm devices will be essential similar towhat you are currently seeing emerge at airports
  19. 19. Next? NCLB will designate ALL public schools as failing in its currentconfiguration Common Core Standards should ensure even the highestperforming elementary schools will be failing by 2014 IDEA and NCLB will merge requiring all students to meetexpectations Either public vouchers or substantive tenure reform Look at the FVS model of funding only for success Western Europe will not be our sole focus in the social sciences Students will bring their own information to school Teachers may actually get that career ladder they were looking for inthe 1980s At some point some type of longer school day or year will have to beconsidered