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.

Near-Term Development: Hybrid Instruction and Learning Platforms Near and Far

Near-term development: Hybrid instruction and learning platforms near and far

Literacy has always been the key to self-education—or reception of education, for that matter. Now, the difference between the fully literate, the partially literate, and the strugglers will be monumental and lifelong. If only one core curriculum area is enriched, it should be literacy. Even better that all curriculum areas address literacy and teach beginning and advanced processes in reading and writing.

… Our Reflective Observer

Lisa Mueller's first-grade class is studying how to begin a story. They have looked at the first lines of a number of picture/story books and have classified those beginnings (for example, “These begin by having the characters talk about something,” and “These ...

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