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Published on February 18, 2009

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Creating a Better Education for All Children Looking Ahead to a New Decade Mary Kay Sommers Principal, Shepardson Elementary 2007-08 President National Association of Elementary School Principals

THANK YOU! Shepardson Elementary School Poudre School District Fort Collins Community Colorado Assn. of School Executives

Shepardson Elementary School

Poudre School District

Fort Collins Community

Colorado Assn. of School Executives

THANK YOU SPONSORS Shepardson Elementary School PTO Fort Collins Coloradoan Colorado State University College of Applied Human Sciences Poudre School District Beet Street

Shepardson Elementary School PTO

Fort Collins Coloradoan

Colorado State University

College of Applied Human Sciences

Poudre School District

Beet Street

Reflections Leadership Experiences at International Level

Netherlands – Educating the Whole Child

 

Liverpool, England – UK Education Leaders

Individual Child Focus and Accountability

Movement and Brain Research Common

Australian Principals Share in Tasmania

Competing on math problems with students around the world.

Choice in Schools

Working on replacing windows and getting safe fence around property. Photographs to build student pride.

International Panel --- USA UK Canada New Zealand --- High Stakes Testing

European School Heads Association Preparing presentation to OECD Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development Focus last year: Children’s Rights Focus this year: School Leadership

Preparing presentation to OECD

Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development

Focus last year: Children’s Rights

Focus this year: School Leadership

 

 

Reflections Leadership Experiences at National Level

New York City Principals Meet With City Officials And Prominent Educational Leaders

Music and Arts are Valued!

Technology is Valued

Instruction Is Coordinated And Learning Is Monitored

Students work in stations in Montana.

5 th grade Students Problem – solving Using Web cams To talk to NASA To Answer Team Questions Missoula, MT

OK teachers meeting regularly to plan from assessments. Teachers in high achieving schools get bonuses.

Testifying for Congress – NCLB Revisions

 

Working with Universities and Professors What do schools really need? How can we work together? Creating a new vision of collaboration

What do schools really need?

How can we work together?

Creating a new vision of collaboration

Reflections Visioning Process for 2021 Institute for Alternative Futures

Systematic Approach Environmental scanning Trend Analyses – Global Drivers for change Collaborative discussions with educational leaders

Environmental scanning

Trend Analyses – Global

Drivers for change

Collaborative discussions with educational leaders

Drivers for Change

The Technology Revolution Schools slow to adopt new technology Extensive use outside of school Not related to standards. Not always critical consumers of information. Inequitable student access.

Schools slow to adopt new technology

Extensive use outside of school

Not related to standards.

Not always critical consumers of information.

Inequitable student access.

The Technology Revolution On-line learning tutoring accessible from India Professional development Whole virtual schools Collegial sharing in other schools and countries Quality control?

On-line learning

tutoring accessible from India

Professional development

Whole virtual schools

Collegial sharing in other schools and countries

Quality control?

Danger and Surveillance Children victimized on line Biometrics limits entry into schools Fingerprints Irises Global positioning

Children victimized on line

Biometrics limits entry into schools

Fingerprints

Irises

Global positioning

A Flat World Instant awareness of world events Increase in fluency in foreign languages Exponential changes in global economy. Competition increased pressure on American students and schools

Instant awareness of world events

Increase in fluency in foreign languages

Exponential changes in global economy.

Competition increased pressure on American students and schools

THE 21 st Century Skills Core Academic Skills Emerging Content Skills Learning and Thinking Skills Information Technology Skills Life Skills

Core Academic Skills

Emerging Content Skills

Learning and Thinking Skills

Information Technology Skills

Life Skills

Whole Child More successful when Broad, challenging, engaging curriculum Feel connected to school and broader community (project-based) Healthy - physically and emotionally Schools are safe, trusting, respectful

More successful when

Broad, challenging, engaging curriculum

Feel connected to school and broader community (project-based)

Healthy - physically and emotionally

Schools are safe, trusting, respectful

Choice Increase in school choice, magnets, charters, virtual Principals must market schools Parent pressure to NOT place children in neighborhood school.

Increase in school choice, magnets, charters, virtual

Principals must market schools

Parent pressure to NOT place children in neighborhood school.

5 Emerging Strategic Issues Promise of Equity in Public Education Global Citizens Advocacy for Early Childhood (Pre K) Cultural Competency Expanded Leadership Roles

Promise of Equity in Public Education

Global Citizens

Advocacy for Early Childhood (Pre K)

Cultural Competency

Expanded Leadership Roles

Critical Role of Leadership Leadership – distributed and collaborative Responsible for success High accountability for growth Measurable gains Accurate and useful data Full range of diverse needs Every practice must yield desired results. Advocacy For All Children Effective policies at school level Marketing for schools Community services Financial resources

Leadership – distributed and collaborative

Responsible for success

High accountability for growth

Measurable gains

Accurate and useful data

Full range of diverse needs

Every practice must yield desired results.

Advocacy

For All Children

Effective policies at school level

Marketing for schools

Community services

Financial resources

What might the future be? Today Time Tomorrow . Trends Forecasts Plausible Futures Possible Futures Wild Cards Scenarios

Going with the Flow/ Paddling Harder Problems Successes Alternative Futures Feared Future Preferred Future Expected Future Visionary Change Leader Community Convener Innovative Pacesetter Compromised Position Implosion Endangered Species

Scenario – Future We Fear *Endangered species *Implosion

Fighting for What We Believe In Key drivers for the Feared Future Scenario School choice over educational equity. Aging population fails to support schools. Deeper divide between rich and poor schools. Little discretionary funding

School choice over educational equity.

Aging population fails to support schools.

Deeper divide between rich and poor schools.

Little discretionary funding

Scenario – Future We Expect *Going with Current Flow *Paddling Even Harder

Doing the Best We Can Key Drivers for the Expected Future Scenario Global competition demands hard and soft skills. Assessment of skills increases. Educational research improves dramatically. Learning technologies improve. Immigration increases. Schools address social problems. Cash strapped governments.

Global competition demands hard and soft skills.

Assessment of skills increases.

Educational research improves dramatically.

Learning technologies improve.

Immigration increases.

Schools address social problems.

Cash strapped governments.

Scenario – Future We Prefer *Innovative *Changes with needs *Capitalizes on resources and networks

What Is Happening NOW? And what are the implications for the future?

Federal Impacts on Education In United States No Child Left Behind (NCLB) How do we influence legislation?

Recent Observations More open to listening US Dept of Education more collaborative Highly dependent upon the current political attitudes Highly influenced by special interest groups, not educators

More open to listening

US Dept of Education more collaborative

Highly dependent upon the current political attitudes

Highly influenced by special interest groups, not educators

Obama Education Platform Early Childhood Education Funding and changes – NCLB Charters supported only if high quality Math and science – priority Reduce dropout rate English Language Learners Special Education Middle school changes Expand after school learning time

Early Childhood Education

Funding and changes – NCLB

Charters supported only if high quality

Math and science – priority

Reduce dropout rate

English Language Learners

Special Education

Middle school changes

Expand after school learning time

Obama Education Platform -2 Teachers Recruitment – Scholarships Mid-career changes Teacher Preparation All schools must be accredited Teacher Retention Mentors Common planning time to collaborate Teacher Rewards Increase pay Bonus if consistent high student performance

Teachers

Recruitment –

Scholarships

Mid-career changes

Teacher Preparation

All schools must be accredited

Teacher Retention

Mentors

Common planning time to collaborate

Teacher Rewards

Increase pay

Bonus if consistent high student performance

Obama Education Platform-3 Higher Education Make college more affordable Tuition tax credits Encourage more to attend Focus on low income Streamline financial aid Students with disabilities

Higher Education

Make college more affordable

Tuition tax credits

Encourage more to attend

Focus on low income

Streamline financial aid

Students with disabilities

Looking Ahead to a New Decade “Future” is already happening in some places now!

More Autonomous Schools High accountability Individual student growth Results-driven Community/businesses as partners Governance boards Principal – Educational Leadership Focus Distributed leadership Responsive, agile to changing needs

High accountability

Individual student growth

Results-driven

Community/businesses as partners

Governance boards

Principal – Educational Leadership Focus

Distributed leadership

Responsive, agile to changing needs

Technology Means to higher goals Not separate area of focus Where breakthrough for learning will occur Personalized learning programs Interactive, collaborative, virtual, gaming Problem solving/interest driven Revolutionize effectively learning Shift to learning anywhere, anytime

Means to higher goals

Not separate area of focus

Where breakthrough for learning will occur

Personalized learning programs

Interactive, collaborative, virtual, gaming

Problem solving/interest driven

Revolutionize effectively learning

Shift to learning anywhere, anytime

Research Breakthroughs Technological means of adapting to individual learning styles and needs Effective and efficient learning-2 years Medical improvements Brain Research Survivors will adapt quickly Savvy consumer of research

Technological means of adapting to individual learning styles and needs

Effective and efficient learning-2 years

Medical improvements

Brain Research

Survivors

will adapt quickly

Savvy consumer of research

Best Practices Drive Instruction Focus on Learning 21 st century skills Whole Child Cultural competencies Individual learning goals Assessments/standards drive instruction

Focus on Learning

21 st century skills

Whole Child

Cultural competencies

Individual learning goals

Assessments/standards drive instruction

Best Practices Drive Instruction Just-in-time access Immediate connections Research networks Varies for different learning needs Sharing with educators globally Teachers collaborate for effective learning

Just-in-time access

Immediate connections

Research networks

Varies for different learning needs

Sharing with educators globally

Teachers collaborate for effective learning

Schools Bridges to Resources Community connections Agencies for healthy children Problem solving teams Financial support Shared use of facilities and resources Learning for parents and community Outreach connections for learning Extended day; project -based Apprenticeships; mentors; virtual

Community connections

Agencies for healthy children

Problem solving teams

Financial support

Shared use of facilities and resources

Learning for parents and community

Outreach connections for learning

Extended day; project -based

Apprenticeships; mentors; virtual

Distributed Leadership Roles Increased collaboration Interdependent within/between schools Continuous school improvement Trained, compensated, time provided Partnership between schools

Increased collaboration

Interdependent within/between schools

Continuous school improvement

Trained, compensated, time provided

Partnership between schools

Professional Learning Communities Learning is focus. Other variables changed. Culture and systems support change Redesign learning Reenergized professional staff Held accountable for growth

Learning is focus.

Other variables changed.

Culture and systems support change

Redesign learning

Reenergized professional staff

Held accountable for growth

Choice Neighborhood schools Public schools need to be strong to accommodate all children OR Equity issue---Have and Have Not schools Choice for all with equity Interest-based, not ethnicity or economic based Continuously evolving – adapt quickly Tendency to reject mass offerings

Neighborhood schools

Public schools need to be strong to accommodate all children

OR Equity issue---Have and Have Not schools

Choice for all with equity

Interest-based, not ethnicity or economic based

Continuously evolving – adapt quickly

Tendency to reject mass offerings

Extended Learning Time Extended day Intentional programming Highly engaging Year round learning Whole child development Intergenerational Community and world-wide connections

Extended day

Intentional programming

Highly engaging

Year round learning

Whole child development

Intergenerational

Community and world-wide connections

Funding Sources Government funding more limiting New resources needed Non-profit organizations Businesses University connections Creative approaches – cost-efficient

Government funding more limiting

New resources needed

Non-profit organizations

Businesses

University connections

Creative approaches – cost-efficient

Commitment to Education Value for education becomes operational All children learning at high levels Whole child development Continuous education for all Means – Globally competitive Global problem solvers Innovations Peaceful resolutions Education Profession – highly valued Businesses will invest Children value education and set goals

Value for education becomes operational

All children learning at high levels

Whole child development

Continuous education for all

Means –

Globally competitive

Global problem solvers

Innovations

Peaceful resolutions

Education Profession – highly valued

Businesses will invest

Children value education and set goals

We have a choice. We can defend what we have ( and wait for others to impose their vision)

We have a choice.

We can defend what we have

( and wait for others to impose their vision)

Or together we can… Create a Better Education for All Children!

Creating a Better Education for All Children Looking Ahead to a New Decade Mary Kay Sommers Principal, Shepardson Elementary 2007-08 President National Association of Elementary School Principals

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