Cabell County Forum Responses
Posted: March 14, 2006
Question #1 What knowledge and skills does a West Virginia graduate need to succeed in the 21st century?
Room 1 Understanding of global competition (globalization of world)
Critical Thinking Skills – analyze problems, application of current knowledge and application of scientific methods.
Knowledge of utilization of technology with discernment and discriminate use of this knowledge.
Communication and relational skills.
Room 2.- 3 Be a creative problem solver: flexible, innovative – create new solutions, adaptable, generate multiple solutions and analyze for effectiveness, and give attention to detail.
Use diverse communication skills – written, verbal and technology: manipulate and understand the use of language, listen and advocate, collaborative learner, culturally diverse and multi-lingual, and know how to develop and maintain communities and relationships.
Be self-motivated and a self-starter: set goals, assess progress, and modify plans, open-minded, and risk taker.
Room 4 Lifelong Learning: process knowledge, communication, leadership and ethics.
Basic Skills: to meet career: organize core content with life skills: relevant and applicable.
Technology Skills: transparent technology and beyond computers in the classroom.
Room 5 - 6 – 7
Routine access to technology that is integrated and meaningful across the curriculum.
Enhanced oral and written communication skills through reading comprehension, higher order thinking and creative expression.
Opportunities and strategies to develop abilities to the highest level possible for all and the courage to try something new that stretches them beyond their comfort zone.
What do you as a teacher need to educate a 21st century learner? (i.e. professional development, assessments, instructional strategies, technology tools)
Room 1 Meaningful use of time for collaboration, professional development, instruction, planning that is sustained, research based and will include pre-service and higher education, addressing full integration of technology.
Relevant and up-to-date technology tools for instruction and student use) supported by the appropriate infrastructure.
Administrative and societal support in dealing with student accountability.
Development of reliable assessment tools for teachers and student including: benchmarks, technical literacy, digital portfolios and authentic assessment.
Room 2.- 3 Time – teachers need to be full-time (12 month) employees: professional development, extended calendar, for teachers to be learners/students and to practice new skills, to work together – make co-teaching more than special education collaboration.
How to evaluate if learning is occurring in the classroom: collect and analyze classroom data, administrators who are more than managers, and good classroom management techniques and routines.
Technology to motivate students, impact learning, and to help teachers do the work: access to current technology for classrooms and technologies students can take home.
* Final thought – De-privatize teaching – no longer teaching in isolation.
Room 4 Professional development. Scheduling. Tech support.
Rooms 5-6-7 Technology infrastructure available in all classrooms: variety of technology tools that are consistent working order and support system (technology coaches).
Compensation: on-going professional development (time to synthesize and process), general competitive salary, smaller class size, extra teacher work days, flexible faculty senate days, planning (individual and collaboration) and non-athletic extra curricular compensation.
Additional staff / personnel: more nurses and counselors, certified math / reading teachers at elementary level, and ability to offer variety of electives.