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4Cs (Re)Bootcamp: Deliberate Integration of 21st Century Skills into Any Classroom
February 22, 2018 @ 8:30 am - 12:00 pm
Cost | Free
Event Description | In this half-day workshop for educational leaders and teacher-leaders, we will articulate strategies for incorporating 21st Century Skills into classrooms and schools. Participants will learn about fresh research from the Collaboration Nationresearch study on educator perceptions and practices for promoting 21st Century Skills. Participants will explore the conditions that are supportive of successful 21st Century learning such as the TeamBuilders Collaborative Schools and T.R.U.S.T. models. Participants will engage in activities that simulate deliberate practice of Communication, Collaboration, Critical Thinking, and Creativity — the 4Cs that were identified by the Partnership for 21st Century Learning over 15 years ago. Finally, participants will focus on one of the 4Cs, articulate two goals for improving instruction and assessment around that chosen “C”, and generate three concrete steps to accomplish their chosen goals.
As we are emerging from an era of overtesting, it is time for us to slow down, and (re)assess whether or not we are preparing students for the gig economy with requisite 21st Century Skills. Pedagogical strategies and curricula are being transformed – away from a focus on memorization and discrete knowledge that can be easily measured by standardized tests – with a focus on collaborative and creative problem-solving. Against the backdrop of a collective rush to personalize learning, we need to be clear about the educational experiences and goals we are personalizing and why. So, the time is now – for us to (re)examine the vision and framework of the 21st Century learner and clarify the knowledge, skills, and ways of being that we believe all students must adopt before they graduate. With intentionality, we will peer through the clutter of innovation and terminology to chart purposeful 21st Century learning for ourselves, our colleagues, and our students.