Ally Wenzel, on the ISED List has the excellent suggestion of networking around the process of integrating "21st Century Skills" into the curriculum. Along these lines, St. Gregory School's faculty is reading Tony Wagner's Global Achievement Gap. Jonathan Martin
says, "We are going to spend the fall seeking to understand broadly the implications and applications of what Wagner calls 'Schools That Work.' It is good to emphasize learning *and* assessment. At St. Gregory we are going to to use the principle of 'what gets measured gets done,' (and backwards design), and focus primarily on assessment. We are going to entirely revamp report cards and other reporting of student progress, using Guskey and Bailey's boo
k as our guide. We will ensure our teachers are assessing and reporting their students' progress toward mastery of 21st century skills, with the belief that this will drive their better facilitation of such learning. We are also devising a dashboard of school-wide measurements of our learning goals, and we will ensure that some of those measurements survey our students' mastery of critical thinking, problem-solving, innovation, and collaboration skills. We are just embarking and defining what all these measurements will be, knowing that some will be alumni surveying, but we
have already implemented two important new measurements, the High School
Survey of Student Engagement
and, even more pointedly, the College and Work Readiness Assessment
Is your school pursuing similar plans? If so, can you share your process here? If you have any files or document to share, please upload them!