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  • 1. The World is Flat A Presentation by: Nancy Bentley (Wood End) Bill Endslow (RMHS) Colleen Dolan (RMHS) Liz Geraghty (CMS) Meg Powers (PMS)

2. 3. Massachusetts Board of Education Presentation Reading Public Schools21 stCentury Skills Proposal 4. 5. Building Blocks

  • Leading and Managing
  • Learning and Teaching
  • Partnering
  • Assessment

6. Leading & Managing

  • Resources and Infrastructure
  • Knowledge and skills
  • Policymaking
  • Accountability

7. If its not happening, its because you are not doing it. Thomas Friedman 8. Resources / Infrastructure

  • Resource allocation ensures students, parents, teachers and administrators seamless access to 21st century technology in school, home, community
  • Technical support process addresses issues in a timely fashion
  • District and town services and operations are connected and technology is integrated seamlessly

9. 10. Knowledge and Skills

  • Innovative management, data driven decision making, on-going professional development
  • Proficiency in use of 21 stcentury tools to create curriculum, develop assessment methods, and align standards
  • Effective use of 21st century learning tools in management and act as role models in the usage.

Administrators demonstrate: 11. " Teachers must become comfortable as co-learners with their students and with colleagues around the world. Today it is less aboutstaying aheadand more aboutmoving aheadas members of dynamic learning communities.The digital-age teaching professional must demonstrate a vision of technology infusion and develop the technology skills of others. These are the hallmarks of the new education leader. Don Knezek, ISTE CEO, 2008 12. Policymaking

  • Focuses on the integration of 21st century skills into content mastery
  • Funding supports and encourages seamless integration of 21st century skills
  • Curriculum is aligned with assessment and inclusive of 21 stcentury skills
  • Professional development focuses on the most effective research-based teaching strategies, learning strategies and 21st century skills
  • Ensure collaboration opportunities for staff

13. Heres to the crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels,the troublemakers, the round pegs in the square holes, the ones who see things differently.Theyre not fond of rules and they have no respect for the status quo.You can quote them,disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you cant do is ignore them, because they change things, they push the human race forward and while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do. Apple Computer 1984 14. Accountability

  • District evaluates student achievement of 21st century skills in every aspect of teaching and learning
  • District evaluates the systemic incorporation of 21st century skills
  • Professional development is evaluated based on inclusion of 21st century skills
  • Effective support processes for teachers and staff are in place


  • Are we teaching students to be ready for a bright future, or preparing them to be productive citizens of the past?
  • Niki
  • Alan November Webblog 3/30/08

16. Learning and Teaching

  • 21 stCentury Content
  • 21 stCentury Context
  • Learning Skills
  • Learning Tools

17. 21 Century Context Content should be contemporary and relevant

  • Establish and utilize global partnerships to create real world connections via the internet
  • Expect the use of 21 stCentury Skills
  • Give students real world data, tools and situations to enhance problem solving

18. 19. 21 stCentury Content

  • Enhance current curriculum with technology at all levels.
  • Add more World Languages that reflect the Flat World
  • Begin teaching World Languages in elementary
  • Promote right brain thinking through teaching the arts
  • Teach technology in connection to the arts
  • Create cross-disciplinary Courses at all levels

Relevant examples, applications, and real world situations should be incorporated. 20. Learning Skills

  • Encourage critical thinking skills
  • Expand communication skills both online and in person
  • Broaden technology skills to increase global awareness, initiate leadership, and practice problem solving
  • Teach students to be discriminating readers and users of online content

Students need to be able to manage information, integrate subjects and skills, think critically and creatively and solve problems 21. Instruction

  • Expand opportunities for Virtual Learning in all subjects and all levels
  • Offer opportunities to create innovative uses for computers
  • Expand communication skills both on-line and in person
  • Teach students to be discriminating readers and users of on-line content

Technology should be seamlessly integrated into the learning environment. 22. Learning Tools

  • Make sure infrastructure is in place to support technology system wide
  • Every teacher receives a laptop
  • Every student receives a laptop beginning in grade 3
  • SmartBoard in every classroom
  • Students have their own digital portfolios that they can access from home or school
  • Bring online experts into classrooms
  • Expand opportunities for Virtual Learning in all subjects and all levels
  • Offer opportunities to create innovative uses for computers

23. The most important question we should be asking is how can we convince our teachers to expect students to learn rather than to acquire knowledge.Then we can get them to use the tools we have supplied them to help students learn how to learn, to acquire knowledge and to apply their learning. Ray Dewar Alan November Webblog 7/19/07 24. Partnering Partnering is the creation of relationships that extend beyond the classroom.These are the relationships that have flattened the world and that our children will need to successfully participate in the world as adults. Who are our partners?

  • Parents and Community
  • Schools Across the District
  • Higher Education and Teacher Preparation
  • Content Providers
  • Businesses
  • Flat World Partners


  • Girls, when I was growing up, my parents used to say to me, Tom, finish your dinner people in China and India are starving.
  • My advice to you is: Girls, finish your homework people in China and India are starving for your jobs.
  • Thomas Friedman

26. 27. Parents and Community

  • Local businesses to provide 21 stcentury skills training for parents.
  • Community programs and businesses to provide after-school opportunities to develop 21 stcentury skills.
  • Local businesses to provide assistance of hardware for families in need of technology
  • School based technology nights to provide hands-on learning for families.
  • Workshops and extended learning programs to continue family education.

Parents, schools and the community collaborate so that each child will master 21st century skills. The district will collaborate with: In addition, schools across the district can provide: 28. Higher Education and Teacher Preparation

  • Provide district planning time to promote K-12 integration of content and education strategies with 21st century skills.
  • Provide time and compensation to support action research focused on teaching and learning with the integration of 21st century skills.
  • Develop relationships with area higher education institutions to support teacher preparation for proficiency in 21 stcentury skills and the hiring of teachers with these skills.
  • The district will partner K12 classroom teachers experienced in 21st century skills as mentors for first year teachers.
  • The district will continue district-wide teacher preparation and sharing through the addition of another District Sharing Conference.

29. Content Providers

  • The district will collaborate with content providers to create content and resources that use and promote 21 stcentury skills.
  • District education leaders will collaborate with content providers to develop aligned resources, assessments and curriculum integrated with the appropriate 21st century tools and educational systems.

30. Flat World Partners

  • Partner with schools across America or worldwide for authentic and meaningful project-based learning
  • Establish and utilize global business partnerships to create real world business and industry connections via the Internet.
  • Initiate global educational partnerships to allow for collaboration between teachers at all levels