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Realizing the Promise of 21st-Century Education

Realizing the Promise of 21st-Century Education
An Owner's Manual

November 2011 | 192 pages | Corwin

Keys to building a new generation of courses and schools

While many futurists tout the value of teaching students 21st-century skills, bridging the concept with the practice is best accomplished by professional educators. Authors Bruce Joyce and Emily Calhoun know how to actualize the critical reforms that enable schools to prepare students for today's workforce. They outline a clear vision for advancing school reform that emphasizes infusing technology across the curriculum. Specific steps include:

  • Providing technology access to all students to promote equity and engagement
  • Developing hybrid courses that prepare students to meet 21st-century needs
  • Designing professional development that connects technology to teaching
  • Improving literacy instruction
  • Changing the high school paradigm
  • Involving teachers, parents, and community members in school leadership

We have a tremendous opportunity to bridge education with the information and communications technology revolution. Joyce and Calhoun show how to deliver on the promise of a 21st-century education by teaching students the skills they need to achieve in their careers and in life.

1. A New Chance to Live Our Dreams
2. Terms of Convenience--Building a New Language for Teaching and Learning
Part I: A Considerable Opportunity
3. Educating at the Level of the Highest Ideas of Our Time--Enlarging Moral Purpose in the Pursuit of Equity and Excellence
4. Promises--Educational Renewal Is Getting a Lift
5. Platforms for Education: The Enhanced School/Home Educational System
6. The 21st Century Skills
Part II: Important Things to Just Do Right Now
7. The Responsible Parties--The Essential Local Democratic Process
8. Near-Term Development--Hybrid Instruction and Learning Platforms Near and Far
9. Crossroads--Actually Cloverleafs--for the High School
10. The School as a Platform for Professional Development--The Reciprocal Concept
Part III: The New Basics of Embedded School Reform--Responsible Parties, Watching Learning Grow, Research and Development
11. Pembroke Elementary School
12. Direct, Performance-Based, Formative Assessment--Watching Learning Grow
13. An Optimistic Future
Annotated Bibliography and Other Resources
About the Authors
Key features

1. Unique focus on implementation – refining, renovating, and redesigning professional development to better equip teachers (and, ultimately, students) to meet the demands of 21st century workplaces and communities.

2. Clearly articulates the goals of 21st Century teaching and learning with the addition of a new goal: infusing ethical and moral considerations into all aspects of personal and organizational life.

3. Case scenarios based on actual schools and districts depict "what it looks like" in practice.

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