Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Change Element: Defining & Demonstrating 21st Century

In April and May, through various conversations and meetings, one of the goals of the 21st Century Initiative is to identify “change elements” (tasks, conditions, etc.) that when addressed will help MCPS develop into the teaching and learning community it seeks to be. These change elements must be sufficiently concrete and support a plan of action, including identifying tasks, evidence of success and key players.  We will post some of the ideas that were identified recently in meetings to encourage online discussion. As you consider the change elements and associated actions, think about the general outcome that would be accomplished by taking these actions, and if it is consistent with the overall 21st century goals. Here is the first element:

Define "21st Century" and demonstrate what it looks like.

Possible Action Items:
1. Introduce 21st century competencies (student outcomes)
2. Pilot projects at every level

Prompts: If accomplished, what will be the benefit/outcome of this change element? What is the goal of this change? How do these action items support the change element? What others might you include?

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