Published on March 4, 2014
Leading Schools into the Future: Strategies for 21st Century School Leaders Valerie Greenhill, CLO, EdLeader21 Josh Brody, Director, Sequoyah School (Pasadena) Jim Gibson, Superintendent, Castaic Union School District (Valencia) Elizabeth McGregor, Head of School, Westridge School (Pasadena) Chris Thinnes, Head of Upper Elementary School & Academic Dean, Curtis School (Los Angeles)
Which student would you choose? Student A Student B . . Math Content Mastery Science English Social Studies Critical thinker Effective communicator Effective collaborator Creative and innovative
EdLeader21 is a professional learning community of superintendents and district leaders committed to 21st century education. www.EdLeader21.com © 2010 EdLeader21. All rights reserved.
EdLeader21 has over 130 members from 32 states and Singapore, representing over 2 million students. © 2010 EdLeader21. All rights reserved.
Chris Thinnes Head of Upper Elementary School & Academic Dean
Leading examples Upper Arlington City School District (Upper Arlington, Ohio) www.uaschools.org
Elizabeth McGregor Head of School
Westridge School The Essential Question “What are the skills and values the 21st century will demand and reward?” (Patrick F. Basset, November 2011)
The Five Cs + One 1) Critical Thinking 2) Communication 3) Collaboration 4) Creativity 5) Character 6) Cosmopolitanism (Cultural Competence)
Community Consensus 1) School Leadership Team 2) Board of Trustees 3) Department Chairs 4) Faculty and Staff 5) Westridge Parent Association 6) Student Leaders 7) Alumnae Board
The Right Kind of Excellence Educating for Growth and Goodness Academic Excellence Community Leadership and and Partnerships The Right Kind Service of Excellence Physical Professional and Development Emotional Wellness
James Gibson Superintendent, Castaic Union School District
7 Steps to implement… © 2010 EdLeader21. All rights reserved.
7 Steps to implement… 1. Adopt a vision based on 21st century student outcomes. • What are the defining characteristics of the change we want to be leading? • Is our District intentional or purposeful enough about the outcomes we believe are important? • How will we incorporate the vision? • New Strategic Goals? • Action Plans within the existing Strategic Goals? © 2010 EdLeader21. All rights reserved.
7 Steps to implement… 1. Adopt a vision based on 21st century student outcomes – Castaic USD. • Influence of the Partnership for 21st Century Skills (P21) • Influence of the Middle School Movement on 21st Century Learning • Adjustment of District Goals to Transition to 21st Century Learning/Skills • Preparing Teachers with Regular Meetings on 21st Century Skills/4 C’s • Development of the District Core Vision – 21st Century Learning (Common Core State Standards as a Subset of 21st Century Skills) • 2014 Strategic Plan - Focus on 21st Century Values and Learning © 2010 EdLeader21. All rights reserved.
7 Steps to implement… 2. Create a community consensus: • Get community consensus • Work with the Board to make the new framework official policy • Collect best practices in your schools/district • Have your teachers create the definitions and rubrics © 2010 EdLeader21. All rights reserved.
7 Steps to implement… 2. Create a community consensus – Castaic USD: • Introduce Senior Management to 21st Century Learning and Skills • Early Involvement with EdLeader21 • Introduce the Board of Trustees to 21st Century Skills Early – Reinforce • Introduce Teacher Leaders to “An Educator’s Guide to the Four C’s” • Send a Large Diverse Team to Attend the 2nd Annual EL21 Conference • Ken Kay leads off the District-wide Introduction to 21st Century Skills • A Specifically Chosen District Team Attends the 3rd Annual EL21 Conference and Works Toward the 2014 District Strategic Plan • District Invests in the Kay/Greenhill Book, “The Leaders guide to 21st Century Education” and Distributes to Board, Leadership and Staff • Share 21st Century Skills with All School PTA’s • Provide a Major Review of 21st Century Learning to the 2014 Strategic Planning Team (62 members) © 2010 EdLeader21. All rights reserved.
7 Steps to implement… 3. Align your system: • Integrate the whole system • Drive Professional Development, curriculum and instruction and assessment toward your student outcomes • All parts of the system focus on 21st century educational outcomes © 2010 EdLeader21. All rights reserved.
7 Steps to implement… 3. Align your system – Castaic USD: • Teachers Realign Curriculum to meet 21st Century and Common Core Instruction – Begin Curriculum Mapping • Teachers Align Lessons, Units and Collaborate About Best Practices • Superintendent and Assistant Superintendent Educational Services participate in the EdLeader21 4-C Rubric Design Team • District 6-8 ELA Teachers “Test Drive” Rubrics and Recommend Adjustments © 2010 EdLeader21. All rights reserved.
7 Steps to implement… 4. Build professional capacity: • Prioritize the skills; • Identify your P.D. resources; • Create/utilize Professional Learning Communities; • Utilize peer coaches © 2010 EdLeader21. All rights reserved.
7 Steps to implement… 4. Build professional capacity – Castaic USD: • 2013-14 Staff Development Program Centered on the Common Core, Smart Technology and 21st Century Learning • Participation in the 4 C Rubric Design Team • Development of an Understanding of 4-C Rubrics with Teachers and Staff – Teachers Use Rubrics to Mold Instruction, Revise as Needed • All Collaborative Teacher Conversations Embed with 21st Century Learning and Skills • Infusion of SMART technology has Assisted 21st Century Learning © 2010 EdLeader21. All rights reserved.
7 Steps to implement… 5. Embed the 4 C’s in Curriculum & Assessment • Evaluate the level of the 4 C’s integration in current curriculum and make necessary design changes • Ensure measuring and tracking the 4 C’s in student performance and District assessments • Collect and share Best Practices • Align curriculum and assessment practices with authentic professional development © 2010 EdLeader21. All rights reserved.
7 Steps to implement… 5. Embed the 4 C’s in Curriculum & Assessment – Castaic USD • Teachers Realign Curriculum to meet 21st Century and Common Core Instruction – Begin Curriculum Mapping • Teachers are Realigning Teaching Practices • Selection of a New Math Series that is Interactive, Cross Communicates and Embeds “Real World” Situations and Careers • Students Focusing on “What it means to be a 21st Century Learner” © 2010 EdLeader21. All rights reserved.
7 Steps to implement… 6. Support the teacher in the classroom: • Effective use of Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) • Effective time for planning and collaboration • Constructive feedback • Strong leadership • Effective education practices are acknowledged, supported and shared © 2010 EdLeader21. All rights reserved.
7 Steps to implement… 6. Support the teacher in the classroom – Castaic USD: • Staff Development Program for Smart Technology and Common Core Instruction • Common Core State Funding for Materials that Embrace 21st Century Skills • Specific and Continuous Enrollment in Workshops and Conferences that Focus on 21st Century Learning Skills © 2010 EdLeader21. All rights reserved.
7 Steps to implement… 7. Continuously improve and innovate: • Create a continuous improvement culture • Create accountability for things that really matter (21st century accountability) • Model innovation. © 2010 EdLeader21. All rights reserved.
7 Steps to implement… 7. Continuously improve and innovate – Castaic USD: • Strategic Planning – Realigning Values, Vision and Mission to reflect 21st Century Learning • Considering Redesign of our District Logo to Incorporate 21st Century Vision and Thinking • Place Tools that Support 21st Century Skills in the Hands of Our Students © 2010 EdLeader21. All rights reserved.
UNIQUE CONVERGENCE School Facilities Plan (2012) Renewal of 2009 Strategic Plan 21st Century Learning & Skills Smarter Balanced Assessments Measure QS 2014 Strategic Plan and Local Control Accountability Plan Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) © 2010 EdLeader21. All rights reserved. GO Bond Common Core Standards Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF)
Josh Brody Director, Sequoyah School
21st CENTURY SKILLS Critical Thinking Creativity + NON-COGNITIVE SKILLS Cultural Competence Empathy Resilience, Grit, Growth Mindset Self-Awareness/Regulation Works diligently and independently, with attention to detail
Interdisciplinary study How does water use affect the people and land of California? Placebased Community engagement / Service Learning
NEXT STEPS ● Fully integrate EdLeader21 rubric and non-cognitive skills language into our Habits of Mind ● Develop a Habits of Mind Continuum that shows developmental stages for each Habit, helping students and teachers understand goals ● Identify project-specific performance tasks that help students demonstrate mastery at each level ● Collaborate with EdLeader21 network to share best practices, including use of performance tasks
Contact Us Valerie Greenhill, EdLeader21 email@example.com Josh Brody, Sequoyah School firstname.lastname@example.org www.edleader21.com www.sequoyahschool.org @Val_Green Jim Gibson, Castaic Union SD email@example.com Liz McGregor, Westridge School firstname.lastname@example.org www.castaicusd.com www.westridge.org Chris Thinnes, Curtis School email@example.com www.curtisschool.org @CurtisCFEE
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