Teachers Take To The Classroom To Talk 21st Century Skills

March 14, 2006

Charleston, W.Va. – West Virginia teachers had a glimpse at classrooms of the future during Voices from the Field: A Forum for WV Educators. The West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE) kicked off Voices from the Field at Hurricane High School on Wednesday, February 1, 2006.  

Voices from the Field is a series of eight gatherings throughout the state designed to allow teachers to shape the vision for 21st century classrooms. Teachers will be asked to provide insight into knowledge and skills necessary for success in the 21st century. Furthermore, they will be asked to describe the resources and support that must be available in the 21st century classroom. State Superintendent of Schools Steve Paine will travel to Putnam, Raleigh, Wood, Marion, Berkeley, Ohio, Greenbrier and Cabell counties during the next month to gain educator’s perspectives. For more information about the Voices from the Field, log onto http://wvde.state.wv.us  

“As educators, our challenge is to provide instruction that is not only relevant, engaging and meaningful, but that also includes the world-class rigor necessary to prepare our students to be competitive in the 21st century workplace,” said Paine. “Teaching students is not about how many facts can be memorized. Instead, students must be able to comprehend, problem solve and communicate solutions if they are expected to compete on a global level.”  

The 21st century education model that assures West Virginia students will have the knowledge and skills they need to succeed and prosper today and tomorrow includes six key elements: Core Subjects; 21st Century Content; Learning Skills; 21st Century Learning Tools; 21st Century Context and 21st Century Assessment.  

“The 21st century learner must demonstrate knowledge of core subjects like math and English at much higher levels. Other essential skills include global awareness, technology literacy, communications skills, and financial, economic and civic literacy,” added Paine.  

In November, West Virginia became the second state to be accepted into the Partnership for 21st Century Skills (http://www.21stcenturyskills.org). Governor Joe Manchin, state legislators, business leaders and community leaders joined the WVDE, state Board of Education and educators to show an unprecedented level of cooperation in the effort to bridge the gap between education and economic development in West Virginia.  

“As the world becomes more competitive and complex, our nation’s future depends on the education of our young people. We want our West Virginia students to be ready for the world and we want West Virginia to have graduates of 21st century schools who are the best-prepared generation in our history,” said Paine.  

Responses from Voices from the Field: Putnam County Feb 1st, 2006 http://wvde.state.wv.us/news/1136/  

Responses from Voices from the Field: Raleigh County Feb 2nd, 2006 http://wvde.state.wv.us/news/1138/  

Responses from Voices from the Field: Wood County Feb 13th, 2006 http://wvde.state.wv.us/news/1140/  

Responses from Voices from the Field: Marion County Feb 14th, 2006 http://wvde.state.wv.us/news/1141/  

Responses from Voices from the Field: Berkeley County Feb 15th, 2006 http://wvde.state.wv.us/news/1143/  

Responses from Voices from the Field: Ohio County Feb 16th, 2006 http://wvde.state.wv.us/news/1144/  

Responses from Voices from the Field: Greenbrier County Feb 21st, 2006 http://wvde.state.wv.us/news/1146/  

Responses from Voices from the Field: Cabell County March 14th, 2006 http://wvde.state.wv.us/news/1160/  




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