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.

Crossroads—Actually Cloverleafs—for the High School

Crossroads—actually cloverleafs—for the high school

Social change has affected the productivity of secondary education and brought new demands. Change will wash through its halls, leaving some familiar features and sweeping others away. Most important, the old institution will be elevated to meet challenges and take advantage of the opportunities presented by the new libraries, new courses, virtual schools, and new home/school connections. Renewed professional development is vital.

… Our Optimistic Reflective Observer

Can the secondary school reclaim the dissipated senior year, make literacy a powerful central priority, rebuild campus core courses into hybrids, and generate the vitality to avoid declining into a center for counting online credits? (See Coughlin's [2010] excellent article on this subject.) This is “to be or not to be” ...

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