Marion County Forum Answers
Posted: February 14, 2006
Here are the responses from Marion County Forum Voices from the Field:
1. What knowledge and skills does a West Virginia graduate need to succeed in the 21st century?
Room 1 & 2
Ability to communicate in various modalities which implies knowledge and skills of critical and creative thinking, proficiency in basic skills numeracy. A global awareness / perspective of diversity of people, ideas, values, beliefs and self. Management of human financial, technology information resources through critical thinking, problem solving and self expression.
Team building: 1. Interpersonal skills; 2. Collaboration; 3. Communication - oral, written, presentation skills and problem solving Life skills: 1. Accessing and analyzing information; 2. Critical thinking; 3. Technology skills; and 4. Entrepreneur skills Core subjects - as identified in 21st century skills.
Communication skills in all mediums: 1. Reading, math, writing and speaking; 2. Balance between connection to people and technology skills People skills (tolerance for diversity): 1. Sense of community; 2. Ethics; 3. Civic skills; and 4. Global awareness Real world experiences: 1. Hands-on; 2. Application of technology; 3. Direct connection between skills and jobs; 4. Life-long learning skills; 5. Problem solving skills; and 6. Financial and economic literacy
Critical thinking Interpersonal skills - communication skills Global awareness / technology skills
Communication - receptive, expressive and personal communications skills and the tools to accomplish them. Personal character .adaptability .commitment/dependability .self direction .moral/ethical .tolerance/respect .cultural/global awareness .flexibility Critical thinking/problem-solving skills Allow students to transfer knowledge across all situations.
Graduate must possess strong technology skills, proficiency in the core curriculum that includes global awareness and a basic understanding of micro and macro economics. Graduate must possess critical thinking skills, strong communication skills, a basic knowledge of ethics, be self motivated and comfortable working in teams. Must have tools to maintain a lifelong awareness of career possibilities, requirements and career opportunities to remain a productive, working citizen.
Information - Communication - Technology Literacy .math .computer .technology .communication Global Literacy .citizenship .diversity .cultural tolerance .foreign language Ability to self-assess .make good judgement in a variety of situations .character education .financial literacy .self-sustaining
A West Virginia graduate should possess information, communication and the basic skills to be competitive. A West Virginia graduate must understand and appreciate cultural diversity and have global awareness. A West Virginia graduate needs to be an independent, motivated learner.
Basic skills in and knowledge of core subjects, especially reading, math, science and social studies. Critical thinking and reasoning skills *ability to think outside the box Technology - using computers as a tool not as a game.
1. Technology skills 2. Core content: Reading, Writing, Foreign Languages, Science, Social Studies, Math 3. Self-directed learner who can solve problems is culturally aware and is a risk taker
1. Communication skills: foreign languages, written skills, oral skills, technology skills 2. Social skills: professionalism, community involvement, parenting 3. Solve problems collaboratively
1. Read, write, communicate and present themselves 2. Wide base of future-oriented, extended knowledge and skills about the world from all students 3. Civic, leadership, and service responsibilities to include self-discipline, self-monitoring and accountability with mentoring from community (persons will serve as models to teach specific skills with a real world connection)
Rooms 14 & 15
1. a) Communication skills non verbal, multi-lingual, artistic b) Interpersonal skills able to express oneself clearly, teamwork 2. a) Technology skills equal access to technology, give every student the same basics b) Use of technology in a variety of platforms, gathering information, processing information, examining information, conveying information 3. Problem solving/critical thinking skills uses of core subjects as well as arts curriculum to accomplish
Question 2What do you as a teacher need to educate a 21st century learner? (i.e. professional development, assessments, instructional strategies, technology tools)
Room 1 & 2
1. DI for PD, differentiated instruction for professional development 2. Training tools and time 3. Positive legislative interventions: 1. calendar; 2. personnel laws; and 3. facilities
1. Time, professional development at all levels and all stakeholders; 1. time to integrate PD; 2. embedded, on-site and continuous; 3. assessing for learning; 4. time within the calendar for PD; 5. technology integration specialist in each school; and 6. time for planning 2. Commitment from legislature for funding for technology will be a priority 3. Technology integration specialist in all schools, access tools (continuous cycle of replacement and upgrades); and access to a technician.
1. Professional development: 1. supported; 2. on-going; 3. everyday and embedded; and 4. on-line 2. Resources: 1. computers, mobile technology; 2. up to date (state wide); 3. supported; 4. adequate staffing; and 5. technology specialists 3. 21st century assessment: 1. portfolio electronically; 2. personal interviews; and 3. rubrics that test learning and the actual process
1. Professional development 2. Time 3. Up-to-date technology, technical support
Management of instruction .the instructional environment is complex - beyond traditional behavior management Technology .up-to-date equipment .support-ongoing .professional development-ongoing .methodical Time .professional development on instruction strategies .work day .school calendar .teachers as models .collaboration .reflective practice .observation of exemplary practice
Commitments and accountability from all stakeholders, especially students and parents as well as policy makers who need to revisit the staffing ratio to ensure adequate staffing. Examine curriculum and instructional strategies to ensure that a higher level of learning is attained and provide authentic assessments for qualitative measurements rather than for ranking and sorting. Keep pace in procuring current technology, increased professional development and the addition of technology integration specialists in each school.
Time .dont waste what we already have .collaboration .effective alternative school options Professional Development .increase ISE days (Differentiated teaching strategies, data driven curriculum) .on-going and monitored Technology tools and support .hardware, software .technology specialists - full-time
Professional development for teachers with multiple delivers, administrative support and with time provided is mandatory for 21st century teachers.
21st century teachers may need an extended year (look at contracts), as well as mobile laptop labs, the basics (like libraries) in every school, teacher access to expenditures based on formative assessment. (More emphasis on informal assessment)
21st century teachers should know equity in their schools, have access to decision on paraprofessional use when needed - teachers need a voice!
Technology (hardware and software) in the hands of teachers first. More lab and classroom computers.
Money to support our educational/programs including updating facilities and additional personnel.
Professional development in technology and instructional strategies which you take back and implement in the classroom.
A clean, safe, climate controlled facility in which every classroom has cutting edge technology for teachers willing to use it
A clean, safe, climate controlled facility for every classroom where teachers have time to implement and prepare and one day a month to do preparation and planning
A clean, safe, climate controlled facility in which professional development is self-directed, self-selected with teaming and in-school modeling
Time for planning, sharing, observation, to implement Professional development for learning use of technology integrated into curriculum strategies for teaching based on student modalities More staff for collaboration/co-teaching
Sustained technology that is operable in each classroom that is available prior to the training provided by an outside expert that will enable each teacher to become proficient. Time: for staff development; to meet with students and colleagues; to teach, learn and coordinate new skills; meet and plan within the new school calendar; become immersed in tools that are available. Successful models for meeting individual student needs: -lower teacher/pupil ratios;and -teacher support and collaboration for diverse groups
Rooms 14 & 15
1. Full time technology support at each school with 21st century equipment 2. Professional Development: interactive, mandatory, compensated and using partnerships. Extended school year: 1 week mid year compensated professional development that is meaningful. 3. Planning time and more team/collaborative/ planning/meeting time. Need more student and parent accountability