21st C School Reform

Creating and Sustaining 21st Century School Reform Initiatives

Creating a vision and mission that redefines the purpose of schooling is vital. Identify the purpose, passion and creativity to build schools that learn, advance and inspire comprehensive cultures of learning and leadership. Jim Knight shares his thoughts about resistance and how developing a personal vision is imperative to defeat the resisters to establish successful and inspiring learning environments.” How you write your personal vision is up to you. What matters is that you are as clear as you can be and you have a deep understanding of what you want to accomplish as a teacher. By writing down why we teach, by painting a clear picture of what we want to accomplish, we can find the energy to do the highly creative work of designing powerful, inspiring learning experiences. And we can put the Resistance in its place, so we can be the creative people we where meant to be.” (Jim Knight, 2010, Radical Learners Blog)

Founding Fathers, Jefferson and Franklin on Education

Jefferson and Franklin advocated for an enlightened approach to education which deviated from the contemporary models of the day. They saw the importance of science in the curriculum and its value in teaching inquiry as well as higher level thinking and problem solving. Schools should provide the materials and climate to encourage curiosity and questions. The concept of electives was introduced, thus allowing students to have some choice in designing their own courses study. Finally, both Franklin and Jefferson aimed for students to be educated so that they are of a quality and character that the public and community will take notice. Opportunities and experiences should be provided in a manner that builds character which, in turn, benefits the students, the school and the community.


Sites for Rethinking Today’s Schools

Questioning Educational Paradigms – Sir Ken Robinson

Diane Ravitch – Defending Public Education – What we really need in education reform.

7 Skills students need for their future

Dr. Tony Wagner, co-director of Harvard’s Change Leadership Group has identified what he calls a “global achievement gap,” which is the leap between what even our best schools are teaching, and the must-have skills of the future: * Critical thinking and problem-solving * Collaboration across networks and leading by influence * Agility and adaptability * Initiative and entrepreneurialism * Effective oral and written communication * Accessing and analyzing information * Curiosity and imagination.

Change Leader Group

My Favorite Experts in Leadership

Michael FullanLeading the Culture of Change



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