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.

The Responsible Parties: The Essential Local Democratic Process

The responsible parties: The essential local democratic process

We should prize involvement. We want to include those who will work to build the best possible education for the children in their community. Interested parties should not be excluded, even if it is not obvious that they have an institutional right to participation. That said, most members will be from the local constituencies of the school, the people and organizations who serve and are served directly by the school.

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Comments from Responsible Party Members of an Elementary School

We were just about to adopt a supplementary online program on phonics for our fifth and sixth graders who are struggling readers when our Literacy Team discovered research indicating that ...

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