Raleigh County Forum Responses

February 02, 2006

Question #1 What knowledge and skills does a West Virginia graduate need to succeed in the 21st century?  

Room 1  

1. Be a lifelong, independent learner, who can adapt to new situations and skill sets and access and use information.  

2. Be a team member with collaborative and social skills - being accountable and responsible  

3. Be able to apply problem solving skills, using technologies and developing entrepreneurial skills to create new products and processes.  

Room 2  

1. Ability to digitally access the world through technology and develop an understanding of the mastery of core content and skills, (including critical thinking through higher level processing skills).  

2. Apply knowledge and skills including communication and inter-relationship to real life global situations (able to analyze, synthesize and evaluate).  

3. Recognition, respect and tolerance for all students (learning according to level, learning styles, etc.)  

Room 3  

1. Communication skills (multi-faceted) 2. Adaptability / flexibility 3. Solutionists - critical / analytical thinkers who can solve problems  

Room 4  

1. Ability to problem solve using critical thinking skills. 2. Technology skills to enhance communication. 3. Interpersonal skills (including work ethic; motivational skills).  

Room 5  

1. Technology 2. Critical thinking / writing skills 3. Per-school (early development skills)  

Room 6  

1. Creative problem solving. 2. 21st Century curricula: advanced curriculum and technical skills and a global perspective. 3. Inter-personal skills and dedication to lifelong learning.  


Question #2 What do you as a teacher need to educate a 21st century learner? (I.e. professional development, assessments, instructional strategies, technology tools)  

Table 1  

1. Professional development (1) time in the school calendar; (2) technology and how to use it; (3) assessment - to drive instruction - not for grading purposes; and (4) skills to be adaptors and innovators. 2. On-going support system for the use of technology as well as keeping it functional (coaches and repair) and freedom to use the technologies as instructional and assessment tools. 3. Support system for teachers to teach - policy / code to keep children in school - driverís license, drop-out age (compulsory attendance) incentives for attendance.  

Table 2  

1. Incorporation of sustained development (including time and appropriate funding) to ensure that teachers acquire the 21st century skills needed so that they can teach students the same skills. 2. Staff needs to understand the analyzation and interpretation of data in order to address needs through teaching, professional development, and assessment. 3. Adequate funding to meet 21st century needs (equipment, professional development).  

Table 3  

1. Time for professional development - 10 days embedded, regular, periodic, built into the schedule, instructional coaches paid for by the state not counties. 2. Sustained technology and infrastructure support and equity. 3. Dollars for recruiting / maintaining qualified people.*  

Table 4  

1. Staff development and teacher preparation programs that help teachers lead students to higher level learning through technology and new techniques which are integrated into the classroom. 2. All teachers must receive training in presenting material to and assessing all student needs, from the special education student to the accelerated student, in a community of educators. 3. Flexibility in school personnel laws.  

Table 5  

1. Training (try on-line pd) - a. technology; b. how to teach problem solving skills; and (c) how to know how to mainstream / teach with inclusion. 2. Technology equipment / funding. 3. More personnel - avoid split grades, improve student / teacher ratio, and including cast load improved.  

Table 6  

1. Equipment and training for teachers and students with tech support and less regulations for funding and use. 2. Statewide guidance or policies for student accountability for learning and attendance, including homebound and OSE. 3. Teacher / parent / student buy-in to the 21st century learning concept.  

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