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Skills for Today: 21st Century Learning and Camp: A Natural Connection

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Camps have been a context for learning for over 120 years. The earliest camps in the US were designed to teach kids then thought to be critical to the 19th and 20th centuries: personal responsibility, cultural and religious identity, and even patriotism. They were also designed to get kids out of the city — fresh air, it was then thought, was necessary to offset the pollution and pace of America’s growing urban centers, and critical for kids’ optimal physical and cognitive development. P21 Blog

Teaching and Learning with the Future in Mind

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August 27, 2015, Volume 2, Issue 9, Number 13. In my recent article in the Future of Education MediaPlanet supplement , I talked about how the 21st century is the time when we have to stop envisioning education as existing exclusively within classroom walls, and instead focus on all the myriad learning experiences a child has throughout life that prepare him or her for the real world.

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Blended Learning in a First Grade Classroom

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August 25, 2015, Volume 2, Issue 9, Number 10. Driving Question: How can an experienced teacher reimagine and redesign her teaching by creating her own blended learning model? During this past school year, my first grade students and I entered into a new realm of teaching and learning. We created a 1:1 blended learning environment. I use the word "we" because it was a path that we traveled together. I must admit that I had my reservations in September.

Rethinking Professional Learning: The Role of Technology

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Volume 2, Issue 14, Number 3. Driving Question: How Can Schools Rethink Professional Learning to Improve School Success? Twenty-four years ago, I stepped through the doors of my first fourth grade classroom. I was a young, dedicated, new teacher ready, I thought, for the opportunities and challenges of my new classroom and hoping to bring some of my experiences and interests to my students.

5 Costly Inventory Management Mistakes Schools Should Avoid

If your school is like most, inventory and/or asset management plays a critical role in daily operations.

Theme Overview: Professional Development for Deeper Learning- What’s Possible?

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As 2015 draws to an end, we take a look at professional development in the context of 21st Century Skills and Deeper Learning. This month, we asked our bloggers to share what practices they call upon to assist teachers and principals in readying themselves to prepare their students for the new challenges of this fast moving century replete with mandates galore. Start with Bob Lenz's and Sally Kingston's post, the first for this month. These are two regular voices in our Blogazine.

Every Child In: Children with Special Needs Learning the 21st Century Way

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Volume 2, Issue 10, Number 4. This post begins a four part series from Katherine Smith Elementary School, a P21 Exemplar. In this series, you will read about how a school's policy and practice are connected so that all students with special needs are included as 21st century learners.

PBL, Special Needs, and the Secondary Classroom

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Volume 2, Issue 10, Number 3. Driving Question: How can we secondary teachers design PBL instruction so that ALL learners succeed? Manor!New!Tech!High!School!(MNTHS) School!(MNTHS) MNTHS) in Manor, TX is a Project Based Learning (PBL) public school that first opened in August 2007.

A Professional Development Road Map to Deep School Change

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Volume 2, Issue 14, Number 7. Driving Question: What can happen if a school leaders redesign one year of professional development to reinvent a school? Who is going to let the elephant out of the closet? There's lots of attention given to how ineffective 90% of teacher education is. One shots, quick fixes and superficial mandates rule. What's new about that? Certainly, those wastes of time and minds need to go.

Join SETDA: Affiliate Memberships Now Accepted

SETDA's Affiliate program connects non-profit education membership organizations with state leaders. SETDA's mission is to build the capacity of education leaders to improve learning through technology policy & practice. Benefits include: SETDA conferences, webinars and news feeds.

New Teachers in 21st Century Classrooms

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July 2015, Volume 2, Issue 8. New Teachers in 21st Century Classrooms. This Month's Essential Question: What readies a novice teacher for high quality instruction in a 21st Century Classroom? This is all a good idea," the teacher tells me. But what are the university programs to get the new teachers ready. Will they do their job?".

The New Parent's Guide to 21st Century Learning and Citizenship

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April 8, 2015. It''s no secret that parent involvement is a key contributing factor of student success. This is why P21 is excited to include parents in the conversation regarding what''s different about learning today, and why these changes have significant impact on the skills, jobs, and opportunities today''s students need to be successful.

Passionately Preparing For College, Career AND Life…Outdoors

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June 4, 2015, Volume 2, Issue 7, Number 3. Driving Question: How does a small public high school we extend learning beyond school walls and impact its students' futures with outdoor learning?

A Multi-Media Post: The Sights and Sounds of Blended Learning Choices

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Volume 3, Issue 1, Number 7. Driving Question: What Does Blended Learning Look and Sound Like In A Classroom? Our district is gigantic. Buses travel more than 30,000 kms each day to deliver students to our many school sites.

A Rural High School Goes Digital

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Volume 3, Issue 1, Number 3. Driving Question: What happens when a rural district blends learning? How can a small, rural district blend technology and mediated learning instruction to cultivate a holistic learning environment for all students?

From Partnerships to Practice: A Principal’s Perspective

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May 19, 2015, Volume 2, Issue 6, Number 9. Driving Question: What Have I Learned About Community Partnerships? Connecting the real world outside-my-school's walls has been a passion for me. For students to have the richest learning chances in the world of their future work, much groundwork is needed. Partnerships between the school and the community fall into the groundwork camp whether they bring the outside world onto our campus or our students into the work world outside. P21 Blogazine

Closing the Achievement Gap: Putting Brain Research to Work

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August 24, 2015, Volume 2, Issue 9, Number 10. Driving Question: What if Teachers Used Brain Research to Close Achievement Gaps? The achievement gap is not a recent phenomenon; it is decades old. But that doesn't mean it is permanent. It just means that we need to do something different. 
 If the answer isn't to continue the way we have been teaching or new curriculum or higher standards (although, of course, those are necessary), then what is it? P21 Blogazine

Disrupting Traditional High School in a High Tech World

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Volume 3, Issue 3, Number 16. Driving question: How Can A New High School Design Ready Students To Succeed in the Global Workforce? Changes to the higher education and workplace have been occurring at warp speed.

Blended Learning: It Is The Questions That Matter

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Volume 3, Issue 1, Number 4. Driving Question: How does a teacher's question quality make blended learning deep? Whenever I look at the many pop terms that include "learning", I wonder about their meaning. When teachers I currently coach in Project-Based-Learning asked me about another "learning" term, "blended learning", I had to think about my answer. I knew blended learning from colleagues at a virtual learning school.

STEAM by Design

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Volume 3, Issue 3, Number 5. Driving Question: How might school-wide STEAM instruction increase student learning? The Bullis Charter School STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) program is the cornerstone of our core curriculum.

My Not Impossible Dream- Part 1 of 2

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Volume 2, Issue 10, Number 1. Driving Question: How Can I Include Learners with Special Needs in My PBL Grounded Instruction? My Story "I don't think my students could handle it." I've heard this response too many times from teachers hesitant to bring project-based-learning into their classrooms. When I've asked why, the responses generally have described concerns over the abilities of the students with special needs in their class. P21 Blogazine

Student Voice And Choice In Language Learning

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Volume 2, Issue 11, Number 5. Driving Question: How can student voice and choice enrich language learning? Recent articles in publications like The Atlantic and The Hill highlight what many describe as a dismal state of language learning in the United States. Both pieces speak to the largely ineffective outcomes of language study, since so few language learners achieve a meaningful level of proficiency, even after years of study.

School Ambassadors: Tour Guides or Agents of Learning?

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Volume 2, Issue 11, Number 6. Driving Question: How might a student leadership opportunity lead to the development of meaningful student agency? Hello, my name is Tatyana. Welcome to Katherine Smith School," greets a school ambassador.

What’s So Special About 21st Century Learning?

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Volume 2, Issue 10, Number 16. The power of educators is that they take on learners from every walk of life, and every challenge imaginable. The promise of 21st century learning is that it can give students the skills they need to succeed in life. This month's posts brought some powerful stories of educators immersing special needs students in the same kinds of personalized, engaging learning experiences as their classmates.

Making Space for a No-Frills Maker Space

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Volume 3, Issue 4, Number 4. Driving Question: No Frills Maker Spaces: What? I have long been aware that students are often bored or frustrated with conventional classes taught from textbooks. Worse, they seldom understand the relationship between their subjects and real-world applications.

Moving Beyond K12 – Why Learning Beyond School Matters

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June 24, 2015, Volume 2, Issue 7, Number 12. Today's students encounter a plethora of learning opportunities from apps on their cell phones, to internships, after school clubs, summer camps, and beyond.

Do Not Feed Bugs to Students

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Volume 2, Issue 11, Number 4. Driving Question: What is needed to create sufficient student agency? Shoichi Uchiyama is a famous, world expert Japanese chef that is obsessed in entomophagy cuisine. In other words, he is an expert on eating bugs. This can include hornet larvae and silkworm pupae to boiled spiders and cockroach soup. According to some nutritionists, bugs are a high source of protein and nutrients.supposedly good for you!

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Professional Learning PBL: An Open Letter To George Bernard Shaw

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Volume 2, Issue 14, Number 6. Driving Question: Why Is George Bernard Shaw All Wet? We have all heard the disparaging idiom by George Bernard Shaw: " Those who can, do ; those who can't, teach."

Getting It Right: What Effective Teachers Tell Us About 21st Century Learning

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Volume 2, Issue 13, Number 11. I agree with John King, incoming U.S. Secretary of Education. When asked about his one wish for education, he replied without hesitation—"an effective teacher in every classroom".

Getting It Right: What Effective Teachers Tell Us About 21st Century Learning

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Volume 2, Issue 14, Number 1. Driving Question: What Does A Hard Look at Principal's PD Teach Us? We know that effective principals are key to student learning. Research in the last decade shows that school leadership can have a significant effect on student achievement.

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A 21st Century Measure of Effective Teaching

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Volume 2, Issue 13, Number 7. Driving Question: How do effective teachers ready students for tomorrow's careers? Student agency is about having student's voice and a choice in their own decision-making processes for what and how they are learning.

Two Frank Letters

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May 12, 2015, Volume 2, Issue 6, Number 6. Driving Question: How do we forge and sustain healthy relationships between school systems and communities? Let's talk frankly. Most relationships between the school systems and their communities are dysfunctional - like a bad marriage. Each has suffered deeply crushed expectations. If each party were to write a letter to each other trying to save the relationship, letters might read like this: P21 Blogazine

School-Community Bridges for poor and minority students

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May 11, 2015, Volume 2, Issue 6, Number 5. Driving Question: How can community partnerships help poor and minority students bridge the success gap? As a high school educator for 30 years, I have long understood the value of community partnerships, beginning with the development of my first medical pathway program in Illinois three decades ago. It was a 'no-brainer' for me, as I had been a nurse before I became a teacher.

Who Is The Effective Educator In The 21st Century?

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Volume 2, Issue 12, Number 1. Driving Question: What attributes most define today's effective teacher? There are many attributes that could be used to describe an effective educator for today's modern student. Research indicates that one of the most important characteristics of a 21st Century educator is the ability to engage students. Schlechty (2011) asserted that teachers need to be prepared to engage students.

Moving students to the cockpit for learning

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Volume 2, Issue 11, Number 13. This blog post first appeared on Learning.com's blog. The traditional education experience for students has been a bit like flying on an airplane. Students are being educated in the same way, all treated as economy passengers on a plane. Just as all passengers are treated the same, so are students being educated in the same way. Regardless of where they sit, they are not in control of where they are going or what they will see along the way.

Enabling Social Action in Diverse Classrooms

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Volume 2, Issue 13, Number 10. Driving Question: How do effective teachers create teachable moments in diverse 21st Century classrooms? Learning to read, write, speak, listen, and count were nice goals for a time that has passed. No more.

INFOGRAPHICS: A Digital Tool For Deeper Learning

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Volume 3, Issue 7, Number 3. Driving Question: How can infographics teach visual literacy and push students deeper in their learning? The phenomenon of social media has made us more connected, possibly more informed, and dare I say it? more impatient.

STEAM: An Approach, Not a Course

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Volume 3, Issue 3, Number 19. Driving question: How can the Engineering Design Process Create STEAM classrooms? STEAM is not a simple list of subjects to be taught. It is an educational approach to teaching and learning that is iterative and creative. One model I see working well is based off of the Engineering Design Process (EDP) typically used in professional settings.

The School Design “Oops!”

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August 10, 2015, Volume 2, Issue 9, Number 4. Driving Question: How can school leaders design truly transformative models of teaching and learning? Transformative learning doesn't have to be a function of fortune. Schools can be designed to transform lives." (1)

Framework Facelift

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With the upsurge in new methods of news sharing- real, fake, and personal- on social media streams, P21 is often asked why the Framework for 21st Century Learning does not address these “new” issues. P21 Blog