Building 21st Century Rigor

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					Building   21 st   Century Rigor

       Keith Crowley, Ph.D.
            What Works in Schools?
                                  Figure 1.4
                   Factors Aff i S d
                   F                         Achievement
                           Affecting Student A hi
  Factor               Example
  School               • Guaranteed and viable curriculum
                       • Challenging goals and effective feedback
                       •Parent and community involvement
                       •Safe and orderly environment
                       •C ll gi lit and professionalism
                       •Collegiality nd pr f i n li m
  Teacher              • Instructional strategies
                       •Classroom management
                        Classroom
                       •Classroom curriculum design
  Student              • Home atmosphere
                       • Learned intelligence and background knowledge
                       • Motivation

Source: Marzano, R.J. (2003) What works in schools: translating research into practice.
                                      ASCD. p. 10.
Layers of Academic Excellence
           Supervision and
             Evaluation

             Professional
             Formation

           Curriculum as
                ,    g ,
         written, taught, and
               learned


         Student Learning
            and Faith
            Formation
            F rm ti n
  21 st   Century Learning


21 century learning




     Let’s take a look!
MINDSHIFTS
       O     o    g g t answers
  • FROM knowing right a s e s
    TO knowing how to behave
                               y
    when answers are not readily
    apparent
                 i i        i
  • FROM transmitting meaning
    TO constructing meaning
  • FROM external evaluation to
    self assessment
    self-assessment
  Source: Costa & Kallick (2010) in Curriculum 21: Essential Education for a
          Changing World
  We have to ask
 ourselves,
 ourselves is our
 tradition
“tradition” effective
or is it comfortable?
CONTENT VS. SKILLS
     “ Both knowledge and skills are
  needed,
  needed and they are interdependent;
 advocates and critics agree about that.
And the authors of this book know from
    experience that effective teaching
i    l     t d t     i     kill to     i
involves students using skills t acquire
              knowledge.”


Source: Bellanca J., Brant, J. (2010) 21st century skills: Rethinking How Students Learn.
     What s
     What’s Important?
o   Endurance

o Leverage

o Readiness for next
  level of learning

                Source: Ainsworth, 2003
  So                     students
 “So trying to foresee students’ future is
 not being trendy; it is a necessity. But,
    course,                beginning.
 of course it is only the beginning The
  hard parts are, first, determining how
these new d
th                  d      i   l ti to th
             demands fit in relation t the
   existing curriculum; second, finding
   ways they can be taught along with
            ;           ,      g g
     content; and then, managing the
complex process of implementation”(x)
Source: Bellanca J., Brant, J. (2010) 21st century skills: Rethinking How Students Learn.
    Desired Results
What should student know/be able to do?




        Appropriate
        Assessment
How do we know students have met our
           expectations?




    Instructional
 Strategies/Planning
 What are the best strategies to support
  students meeting the outcomes?
  Profile of a
   Graduate


Cross Curricular
 Assessments


    Shared
 Instructional
  Planning/
   Strategies
          Task #1

Individually list the essential
 learning skills you think are
     i            for     d
most important f a graduate
    of your school to have
          mastered.
            Task #2

   y           ,     p
At your table, compare the list of
  skills identified as essential for
   all l
     ll learners in a 21 st century

              school
   Catholic school. As a group
   select one skill to work with.
  Essential Skill: Religious Literacy
• Students will be able to understand the claim that
  Catholic theology and philosophy complement reason
  and the empirical sciences for a more complete
  understanding of the cosmos and the human person.

• Students will be able to identify sacramentality as
  God s                                               the
  God's grace operative in the natural world and in “the
  common, ordinary, unspectacular flow of everyday
  life.”

• Students will be able to recognize the Consistent Ethic
   f f                      f         for life   dl     f
  of Life as an expression of respect f l f regardless of
  people or place.
         Task #3
As a group:
• Write two learning objectives for the
  skill you chose to work with.
• Discuss how this skill can be assessed
  across the curriculum.
• Identify one or two structures you need
  to have in place to support teachers
  developing and sharing instructional
  strategies that emphasize development
  of this skill.
    Rigor Redefined: Survival Skills
  Critical Thinking and Problem Solving Skills
  Collaboration and Leadership
  Agility and Adaptability
  Initiative and Entrepreneurialism
  Effective Oral and Written Communication
  Accessing and Analyzing Information

Source: Wagner, T. (2008). Rigor Redefined. Educational Leadership, 66(2),20-24.
       Task #4

WHAT IS RIGOR? WHAT
DOES IT LOOK LIKE IN A
21ST CENTURY CATHOLIC
 SECONDARY SCHOOL?
        Increasing Rigor
Raise level of content

Increase complexity

Give appropriate support and guidance

Open your focus

Raise expectations
     Source: Blackburn, B. (2008). Rigor is not a four letter word.
 What does this mean to
      h ll d
    school leaders?
 Be a learner
 Move out of comfort zone
Understand 21st century teaching and learning
 Determine what it should look like in your
  h l
school
 Build learning culture and share leadership
                                      achieve
 Intentional decisions and actions to achie e
vision
 Provide opportunities for professional learning
and growth
MEET THE TEAM
Mission #1
             Begin a conversation with Mr. Edison,
             Mr. Cooper, and Ms. Parker about
             aligning the content and skills in US
             history with 21st century standards...

				
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