Ohio County Forum Responses

February 16, 2006

Wheeling Park High School, February 16, 2006  

Question 1  

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

Room 1  

“Literate” – spoken and written works and that incorporates sophisticated technology skills.  

Global perspective – diversity and social skills to enable them to function (e.g. embracing cultures, self direction, work ethics.)  

#1 Problem solving – moving skills and knowledge to a higher level of rigor and relevance / ability to transfer skills to new requirements. 3. Personal accountability – strive for excellence through being self directed.  

Room 2  

Content which is relevant.  

Lifelong learners: 1. flexible, adaptable, enjoy learning; 2. risk-taking problem solvers; 3. creative problem solving independently; 4. distance learning skills; and 5. self-directed, self-motivated, self-reliant.  

Work skills: 1. be a team player; 2. communication skills (oral, written, and technology), and listening; 3. good work ethic; and 4. confidence  

Room 3  

Global awareness with emphasis on communication skills, collaboration, and knowledge of their world geography, culture and history.  

Core content with integrated technology and personal finance skills.  

Intrapersonal skills (dealing with self): discipline, fitness, problem-solving, critical thinking, and adapting to change.  

Room 4 - 5  

Real world skills - including lifelong learning, cooperative skills, social skills, financial literacy, decision making, and work ethics.  

Communication - language fluency, cultural literacy and adaptation, etc.  

Critical thinking - perception skills, synthesis and cross curricular application.  

Room 6 - 7  

Critical thinking / problem solving abilties: 1. Need basic skills in technology; creativity needs to be developed; and 3. Evaluation of research material fact or fiction.  

Stability, responsibility, manners, ethical ability to become a contributor and innovator, part of society.  

Adequate technology to support academic rigor.  


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  

Teachers need to be masters of subject area and skilled in use of technology tools  

Staff development: ongoing/sustained; embedded – site base; individualized; relevant; rigorous; time issue in scheduling within constraints of current school calendar; embed tech staff development in content areas  

Money for up-to-date equipment and full time technology integration specialists  

Room 2  

Meaningful professional development (world class teachers): train and retool classroom teachers and administrators; content knowledge and technology; formative assessments/assessments for learning; Model classrooms for pre-service teachers and teacher inservice; sustained and on-going  

Support structure: decision making and funding must support the initiative; academic coaches, mentors; technology support; principals as instructional leaders  

Time! collaboration – PreK-16; calendar (year-round school); release time!  

Room 3  

Time – Time for professional development that is meaningful and sustainable -Time for more instruction (freedom and flexibility of time without restrictions/constraints)  

Pool of high quality instructors with 21st century skills  

More flexibility in structure for all students: allow acceleration for all students; balance need for equity with need to allow students to exceed mastery  


Room 4 – 5  

Time – specialists for subjects, planning, eliminating unnecessary content, structure / scheduling as applied to school days / teacher responsibility.  

Professional Development – job expectations, professionally salary and developmental reimbursal, time for professional development, meaningful professional development, accurate evaluation and assessment.  

Technology – equipment / tools for teachers and students, technology support, update programs and equipment.  

Room 6 – 7  

Money: equipment, training, coverage for training, incentives, and staff support (building technology person).  

No cash: high standards, administrative support, and less standardized tests.  

Corporate commitment – none for those 500 employees later!  


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