Published on June 22, 2009
Merging Content Standards with Applied/Life Skills : Merging Content Standards with Applied/Life Skills Creating a 21st Century Learning Protocol for Talladega County Schools 21st Century Framework: Refresher : 21st Century Framework: Refresher CORE SUBJECTS AND 21ST CENTURY THEMES : CORE SUBJECTS AND 21ST CENTURY THEMES Core Subjects English, reading, language arts World languages Arts Mathematics Economics Science Geography History Government, Civics CORE SUBJECTS AND 21ST CENTURY THEMES : CORE SUBJECTS AND 21ST CENTURY THEMES 21st Century Interdisciplinary Themes Global Awareness Financial, Economic, business and Entrepreneurial Literacy Civic Literacy Health Literacy LIFE AND CAREER SKILLS : LIFE AND CAREER SKILLS Flexibility and Adaptability Adapt to Change Be Flexible Initiative and Self-direction Manage Goals and Time Work Independently Be Self-directed Learners Social and Cross-cultural Skills Interact Effectively with Others Work Effectively in Diverse Teams LIFE AND CAREER SKILLS : LIFE AND CAREER SKILLS Productivity and Accountability Manage Projects Produce Results Leadership and Responsibility Guide and Lead Others Be Responsible to Others LEARNING AND INNOVATION SKILLS : LEARNING AND INNOVATION SKILLS Creativity and Innovation Think Creatively Work Creatively with Others Implement Innovations Critical Thinking and Problem Solving Reason Effectively Use Systems Thinking Make Judgments and Decisions Solve Problems Communication and Collaboration Communicate Clearly Collaborate with Others INFORMATION, MEDIA, AND TECHNOLOGY SKILLS : INFORMATION, MEDIA, AND TECHNOLOGY SKILLS Information Literacy Access and Evaluate Information Use and Manage Information Media Literacy Analyze Media Create Media Products ICT (Information, Communications, andTechnology) Literacy Apply Technology Effectively 21st Century Support Systems : 21st Century Support Systems 21st Century Standards Assessment of 21st Century Skills 21st Century Curriculum and Instruction 21st Century Professional Development 21st Century Learning Environments Why consider standards? : Why consider standards? Standards are an attempt to answer an essential educational question: What knowledge and skills do we want our children to learn? Standards drive the critical elements of our educational system—curricula, textbooks, tests, etc. Standards set priorities that determine the overall direction of our schools. Unfortunately…standards : Unfortunately…standards Cover only core subjects. Cover too many superficial topics: a mile wide and an inch deep. Focus on short-lived memorization of facts. Compartmentalize knowledge into subject-specific silos and discourage interdisciplinary perspectives. Are measured by standardized, high-stakes tests that assess only a fraction of skills and themes critical to student success in life. Standards should also… : Standards should also… Include life and career, learning and innovation, and information, media, and technology skills students need in the 21st century (Standards cover only core subjects.) Promote deep understanding that represents true subject mastery (Standards cover too many superficial topics: a mile wide and an inch deep.) Focus on the skills of analysis and synthesis that enable lifelong learning (Standards focus on short-lived memorization of facts.) Standards should also… : Standards should also… Encourage interdisciplinary perspectives and 21st century themes (Standards compartmentalize knowledge into subject-specific silos.) Measure skills and themes defined in the 21st century framework (Standards are measured by standardized high-stakes tests that assess only a fraction of skills and themes critical to student success in life.) Seeking Excellence and Equity : Seeking Excellence and Equity We must begin to reconcile these views. We must believe that in the 21st century all students will need to perform to high standards and acquire mastery of core subject material. We must believe that in the 21st century all students will gain the cognitive and social skills that will enable them to deal with the complex problems of our age. Seeking Excellence and Equity : Seeking Excellence and Equity We must believe that instruction that supports 21st century skills requires a rich variety of teaching methods—direct, project-based, group, self-directed, and everything in between—to ensure that all students achieve their potential. We must believe that learning takes place in a rich variety of contexts and should be assessed in a rich variety of ways. 21st Century Standards : 21st Century Standards Focus on 21st century skills and content Give students the context of the topics they are studying Promote deeper engagement with core subjects through analysis and synthesis, not merely descriptive or memorized facts Build understanding across disciplinary categories through 21st century themes 21st Century Standards : 21st Century Standards Engage students with real world data, tools, and experts they will encounter in college, on the job, and in life Go beyond content knowledge to identify other 21st century educational supports Allow for multiple measures of mastery Use accountability as an indicator of progress, rather than a system of sanctions What’s next for Talladega County’s Teacher and Students? : What’s next for Talladega County’s Teacher and Students? Merging of Content Standards and 21st Century Skills/Tools Creation of 21st Century Protocol for Elementary Reading and Math (June 23) Creation of 21st Century Protocol for Secondary Content Areas (June 22) System Professional Development 21st Century Protocol for Learning : 21st Century Protocol for Learning Components of Protocol Definitions/Guidelines for Submission Submission Template Content Standard Student Outcome/Product 21st Century Skill 21st Century Tool Implementation of Protocol : Implementation of Protocol August 4 conversations should lead to innovative and engaging instruction in all Talladega County classrooms. January 4 system staff development will allow teachers to continue important conversations regarding the merging of the standards to create innovative and engaging instruction. Completed copies of protocol work will be distributed to all teachers in the spring.