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.

An Optimistic Future

An optimistic future

I wouldn't claim that we know enough to have “fail-safe” routes to innovation. But there is a well-documented base of research, evaluation, and experience to guide us and help us avoid some of the perennial sinkholes. The well-informed will succeed, using their imaginations and problem-solving ability to fill in the gaps.

… Our Reflective Observer

We see ourselves as realistic optimists. We have been part of some good efforts that have made some big differences to a lot of students and have confidence that school improvement efforts can be designed to make significant differences to practice and student learning. But the overall national picture is worrisome. We are aggravated by the evidence (as from the National Assessment of Educational Progress [NAEP], http://nces.ed.gov/nationsreportcard/) ...

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