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.

Promises: Educational Renewal Is Getting a Lift

Promises: Educational renewal is getting a lift

We have known for a very long time that inductive, inquiry-centered curriculums and models of teaching actually improve intelligences, the social and moral as well as the cognitive. Add the advantages of the digital tools, and promises abound. The catch is that learning to capitalize on the ICT tools requires learning to teach inductively.

… Our Reflective Observer

We need to keep in mind the effect that providing economically poor students with just twelve books of their own had on their feelings about themselves and their achievement in reading. Real, tangible things they can hold on to and use as reminders that we care about them and their literacy (McGill-Franzen, Allington, Yokoi, & Brooks, ...

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