Keys to building a new generation of courses and schools

While many futurists tout the value of teaching students 21st-century skills, bridging the concept with the practice is best accomplished by professional educators. Authors Bruce Joyce and Emily Calhoun know how to actualize the critical reforms that enable schools to prepare students for today's workforce. They outline a clear vision for advancing school reform that emphasizes infusing technology across the curriculum. Specific steps include: Providing technology access to all students to promote equity and engagement; Developing hybrid courses that prepare students to meet 21st-century needs; Designing professional development that connects technology to teaching; Improving literacy instruction; Changing the high school paradigm; Involving teachers, parents, and community members in school leadership

We have a tremendous opportunity to bridge education with the information and communications technology revolution. Joyce and Calhoun show how to deliver on the promise of a 21st-century education by teaching students the skills they need to achieve in their careers and in life.

Pembroke Elementary School

Pembroke elementary school

The amazing thing about the best schools today is that they have retained some of the best things done in the past but they are not stuck in tradition. Folks who haven't visited a school for a while will hardly recognize some aspects of these schools. But they will surely recognize the best of what they experienced when they were in school.

… Our Reflective Observer

Place Pembroke halfway between the town center and the suburbs of Camden, a 150-year-old industrial city of about 50,000 people somewhere in the heartland of America. Camden's 20 schools serve about 10,000 students. The district contains 3 high schools, 3 middle schools, and 14 elementary schools. The city's economy has a diverse basis, but employment is ...

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