I was reading David Warlick's blog post on New Brunwick's technology plan for schools and was impressed, but not suprised to see some very common themes. You can view a PDF of the plan if you want to see the details. They have also produced a video outlining what 21st century learning would look like in New Brunswick, as seen above. They have outlined a three year plan, central to which are clearly defined 21st century competencies. They are not unlike what I have proposed in my classroom, the ischool in NYC or the NETS. New Brunswick's new competencies are:
- critical thinking and problem solving
- personal development and self-awareness
- global citizenship
- to ensure provincial curricula include clearly defined outcomes and 21st century competencies with related performance standards. (1)
- to ensure performance standards provide a continuum from which educators identify individual learner needs (1)
- to ensure educators are highly skilled in 21st century pedagogy and have a deep understanding of the overall essential learning outcomes (1)
- to ensure instructional practice reflects engaging, personal learning experiences and includes relevant cross-curricular connections (1-3)
- to incorporate authentic assessment practice with high quality standardized testing to ensure assessment is systematicaly balanced (1)
- to ensure a balance of technology enhanced, formative and summative assessments are used to measure student mastery of 21st century competencies (1)
- to ensure schools and classrooms are ICT-rich environments with adequate technical support and infrastructure (1)
- to ensure schools have flexible physical spaces and organizational structures (1)
- to ensure opportunities are provided for personalized anytime/anywhere learning for students and teachers (1)
- to ensure professional learning throughout the province is focused, personalized, effective and standards-based (1-3)
- to ensure leadership capacity is built individually, locally and provincially (1)
- to ensure school communities across the province share a common understanding of practices leading to school effectiveness and these are in place in every school (1)
- to ensure school communities districts and the department have access to rich data sources and expertise for data analysis (1-2)
- to ensure school districts enhance and sustain processes to maintain effective school practices consistent with provincial standards (1)
For fun, I decided to rank my school board and province on each of the above. I am proud to be a teacher in this school, this board and this province. That doesn't mean I think we don't need to work hard to change! My rankings are just my opinion and may not represent reality! They do presently represent mine! For what it's worth, I am working hard to promote similar objectives in our school, our board and our province.
I used a three point scale; "1" is not yet meeting, "2" is meeting and "3" is exceeding! My scores are in brackets beside the objective. My school board and province scored between 14 and 19 out of a possible 42 points!
How does your organization rank?! What are you doing to promote such objectives within your school, your board and your province?