Working Breakout Session

  • How can we better prepare students for the literacy demands post secondary?
  • Not involving our kids in their own education, they are not responsible for their learning.
  • Not enough critical thinking, high level problem solving in the K-12 classroom.  How do we facilitate that in the classroom?
  • Classroom management is an issue.
  • Professional Development is a great need.  Pre-service training for new teachers needs to improve.
  • Relevancy in math and science classes needs to be improved and addressed.
  • Allow students to drive more of the content.
  • Does the teacher wearing too many hats take away from quality instruction?
  • Assessment requirements take away from true learning/quality learning.
  • How can we make assessment relevant?
    • formative assessments
    • e-portfolios
    • performance assessments
  • Community involvement is important
  • Parent empowerment to be a part of the educational process; matching professional development for parents
  • Moving from a traditional report card to a standards based report card?
  • Place greater funding and emphasis on teacher effectiveness.
  • Public doesn’t understand the need that exists
  • Communication across government, school, and other public stages need to increase
  • How do we maintain sustained student interest in learning?
    • global communication/collaboration
    • empowering them by celebrating their creation of new knowledge
    • creating student centered environments
  • Concern about losing a large proportion of kids interested in science/math as early as late elementary/MS up through post-secondary.  Does the system defeat itself through staunch assessments and a critical value system?
  • Expose students to role models and careers; as well as a support system to encourage them to stay in the STEM programs.
  • Middle school years are critical as far as career development plans.
  • High expectations and encouraging students in their abilities
  • What can we do to prevent losing kids from the STEM areas?
    • professional development
    • stimulating students to become critical thinkers, life long learners, solution finders, risk takers
    • content through experience/experimentation

Susan Patrick – CEO, North American Council for Online Learning

  • focus on K-12 virtual schools and online learning
  • opens access for students and teachers
  • more and more jobs these days are focused on online telecommuting and flexible schedules
  • Singapore – 100% of their systems have online learning – online is blended with the traditional program
  • mentioned the Partnership for 21st Century Skills‘ 6 key elements of 21st Century Learning (*21st century assessments must match the 21st century skills)
  • Sharing Research to Inform Policy
    • Online learning expands options
    • Online learning is growing rapidly
    • Online learning is equal or better in effectiveness
    • Online learning improves teaching (although a lot of training is needed)
  • Michigan April 2006 first state to require online learning
  • the US spends more per pupil on education than any other nation (besides Switzerland), yet we are not seeing results
  • “Silent Epidemic” study by the Gates Foundation on high school drop outs
    • 88% had passing grades
    • 69% were not motivated to work hard
    • 66% would’ve worked harder had they been challenged
    • 81% called for more real world opportunities
  • Millenials:
    • Kids spend more time online than they do watching television
    • see information as free
    • like to collaborate virtually and face to face
    • 96% say doing well in school is important in their lives
    • children are much more involved in decision making at home
  • Cyberinfrastructure – integrates hardware for computing, data and networks, digitally-enabled sensors, observatories and experimental facilities, and an interoperable suite of software and middleware services and tools.
  • simulation-based engineering
  • Examples:
    • Micro Observatory Online Telescope at Harvard
    • iLab Network – pairing kids with scientists using high powered microscopes to learn
  • Students use the computer an average of 15 minutes per week at school!
  • Need more and continued training for teacher use
  • Student and teacher access for technology
  • Use of digital content tied to state academic standards
  • Need to measure and SHARE with policy makers the successes of our tech programs
  • Creativity is highest at 6 (100 questions a day), terminal seriousness at 44 (2 questions a day), bounce at retirement
  • Need to take risks, continue to question to move our efforts forward
  • Leadership = Trust, Integrity, Passion

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