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Designing a 21 st Century Framework for Teaching and Learning. Beth Ratway Senior Consultant April 2010. “Stop asking me if we’re almost there! We’re nomads , for crying out loud!”. MY MANTRA.
We’re nomads, for crying out loud!”
When the question: 'What's new?' is pursued at the expense of all other questions, what follows in its wake is often an endless flood of trivia and fashion. I wish to be concerned with the question: 'What is best?' for this question cuts deeply, rather than broadly sweeping over everything."
Robert Pirsig, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
Social Studies is like…because…
Support Effective Teachers and School Leaders
Improve theUse of Data
Complement the Implementation of High Standards and High-Quality Assessments
Turn Around Persistently Low-Performing Schools, Whole-School Reform, and Targeted Approaches to Reform
The NCSS curriculum standards provide a framework for professional deliberation and planning about what should occur in a social studies program, by which we mean curriculum and instruction across pre-K through grade 12.
The curriculum standards contain the following components:
Content standards (e.g., standards for civics, history, economics, geography, psychology), provide a detailed description of content and methodology considered central to a specific discipline by experts, including educators, in that discipline. The NCSS curriculum standards instead provide a set of principles by which content can be selected and organized to build a viable, valid and defensible social studies curriculum.
Learning and Innovation Skills
Core Subjects &
21st Century Themes
Life & Career Skills
Information, Media, and Tech Skills
Standards & Assessment
Curriculum & Instruction
Grade Level Foundations
ALL FORMED FROM THE STATE AND NATIONAL STANDARDS
****Systems that Make a Society Work
How do we find ourselves reflected in this work?
In 2015, you open up your local paper to read the headline:
“New Holstein Social Studies program Receives National Award.”
You received this award from businesses, educators, parents and students for success in preparing students for life.
How does the article describe your accomplishments?
What were the keys to your success?
How does the program make social studies manageable and meaningful?
Definition (describing meaning):
Social studies is an interdisciplinary exploration of the social sciences and humanities, including civics, history, economics, and geography.
to develop responsible, informed and engaged global citizens
to foster civic, global, historical, geographic and economic literacy.
“This is a story about the big public conversation the nation is not having about education… whether an entire generation of kids will fail to make the grade in the global economy because they can’t think their way through abstract problems, work in teams, distinguish good formation from bad, or speak a language other than English.”
How to Build a Student for the 21st Century, TIME Magazine, December 18, 2006
In Vertical Groups Discuss and Create
Enduring understandings are statements summarizing important ideas and core processes that are central to a discipline and have lasting value beyond the classroom. They synthesize what students should understand—not just know or do—as a result of studying a particular content area. Moreover, they articulate what students should “revisit” over the course of their lifetimes in relationship to the content area.
During your work continually ask yourself –
How can we all work together towards this common purpose to prepare all kids for the 21st century?
How can we think outside of the box when analyzing our scope and sequence?
Carl Rogers, Freedom to learn, 1969
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