Wood County Forum Answers

Posted: February 13, 2006
Here are the answers for the Wood County Voices from the Field.  

Question 1  

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

Room 1  

1. An independent learner is able to solve problems, think critically and evaluate synthesize information 2. Competent and creative with technology - to the point that its second nature. 3. Willingness to change in order to successfully work in groups with varied personalities.  

Room 2  

1. 21st century communication skills that include: 1. Speaking, writing, media; 2. Evaluate information for specific purposes; and 3. Global awareness/foreign language 2. Critical thinking / problem solving: 1. Data analysis; 2. Application; and 3. Learning that is relevant 3. Understanding the necessity for participating in lifelong learning  

 

Room 3  

1. Effective worldwide communication with diverse groups and diverse means of communication. 2. Information - access, organize/evaluate and apply information 3. Ability and flexibility to change with the world  

Room 4  

1. Self-Direction 2. Communication: 1. Foreign languages (fluent) and 2. Interpersonal/collaborative skills 3. Problem-solving: 1. Critical thinking and 2. Technology skills  

Room 5  

1. Learning how to learn  

2. Motivation and work ethics  

3. Strategic thinking and application of skills  

Room 6  

1. Students will be able to show a confidence and fluency of current technology and have the ability to adopt to and adapt to the changing technology environment that surrounds them.  

2. Application of critical thinking skills to enhance the ability of the student to evaluate, problem solve and question using basic core subject knowledge.  

3. Character development that includes work ethics, social skills, and understanding of culturally diverse world.  

Room 7  

1. Higher standards (deeper levels of) knowledge and understanding in the core.  

2. Creatively solving problems  

3. Effective communications - written, oral for the global community  

Room 8  

1. Communicate across the curriculum in a variety of mediums to a variety of audiences, globally, with and without technology. eg fine arts, humanities, verbal and nonverbal communications skills  

2. Teach technology skills across the curriculum in order to create lifetime learners of technology.  

3. Making fine arts and wellness a priority for personal growth and self worth.  

 

Question 2  

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

Room 1  

1. Time for high quality, on-going, job embedded professional development in research-based instructional strategies and integration of technologies 2. More technology - equipment, training, and support 3. Assessment to drive the instruction!  

 

Room 2  

1. Professional development: 1. More time (3-5 days added to calendar); 2. K-16 connection; and 3. Standards-based/hands-on 2. Resources: 1. Utilization; and 2. Refocus (grants, CPD, with colleges and universities) 3. Assessment: 1. Frequent; 2. Informal; and 3. Use data to drive curriculum through frequent assessment  

 

Room 3  

1. Time - in terms of calendar, collaboration, professional development 2. Money - (for the technology needed and the technical support, professional development) - may not be necessarily be more - (e.g. 21st century budget process) 3. Agreement among entities (educators, legislators, businesses, labor) that 21st century skills is a priority - break down the barriers  

 

Room 4  

1. Structure: 1. Calendar; 2. Expert modeling (Facilitators/teachers); 3. Leave trend of age-based progression; 4. Administrators need power to reward the good and improve/remove unmotivated teachers; and 5. Appropriate compensation for 21st century professionals 2. Professional development: 1. Time; 2. Embedded professional development; 3. Improved methods of assessment; and 4. Use of data to transform instruction 3. Adult responsibility for student well-being  

 

Room 5  

1. Professional development that meets individual needs, including professional learning communities 2. Professional development of authentic assessment 3. Classroom -based technology with support (technology support and integration support)  

Room 6  

1. West Virginia should in teachers through professional development including quality time, plan, conference team, and provide content - specific training and application. 2. Investment in technology hardware and software is a must for the 21st century learners and classroom. 3. A strong need for technology support through both hardware (tech specialist) and curriculum (TIS) is a must for this classroom  

Room 7  

1. Time for teachers to collaborate in the calendar 2. Technology support for technology (TIS and technical) 3. Strengthen professional development with planned, research based PD  

Room 8  

1. Accountability from all stakeholders. From student, staff, educators, state, legislators and community. 2. Professional development directed toward specific subject areas to develop consistency in instruction with curriculum designed to meet the modalities of all students. 3. Programs, policy, funding to implement the CSOs via equipment/technology in the classroom and its maintenance and training.  

 

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