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Partnership for 21st Century Skills

I am pleased to share with all of you that for the next three days I am participating in a national training encompassing 21st Century Skills, and for once I am not providing the training. I have not been in this professional seat in awhile and I am enjoying being a "sponge" for a change! At this training I have met many educators from around the United States who wear similar professional and leadership hats that I do. Their primary focus is high quality, standards aligned and sustained quality professional development delivery. I welcome this opportunity to network and share best practices in a face to face setting, and to actively listen to and share best practices of what is working and what is not working in our US K-16 classrooms.

Key strands of NEED I keep hearing within our group's round table discussions:
1. Administration leadership "awareness" of identifying what "21st Century Skills" are, what does a 21st century teaching and environment look like, and how to implement and sustain such a program.

2. High quality and sustained PD for teachers supported with technology integration literacy coaches.

3. Students need to be the central and are utmost educational focus, yet they are missing from the big picture of the PD spectrum to identify essential student outcomes- why are they not brought to the table on the front end, and their voices heard about their 21st learning needs?

4. Lacking the substantial resources to support a 21st century teaching and learning environment- whether it is technology, organized online repositories of quality content, physical content of literacy resources, time, collaboration, and funding.

I feel our goal as "agents of change" in this Partnership for 21st Century Skills affiliate program include the following target areas

*CRITICAL THINKING AND PROBLEM SOLVING glean knowledge from each other's conversations

document our findings and key learning strategies that are working
and improve or make change for strategies that are not

maintain a "community of learners" through a PLN on the online 21st Century Partnership Ning

develop a state/agency action plan of how to successfully "build a 21st Century Skills awareness" supported with common terminology and common assessments

design and implement a 21st Century Skills professional development program with all stakeholders
to cultivate a sustained program of student outcomes and support systems Just my thoughts after reflecting after our first day of training. Naomi Harm

Here is a video I will leave you with of how we can start the implementation of a successful 21st Century Skills initiative with the support of EVERY administrator and teacher!


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