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Week 15: Reflection on Twenty-First Century School


In reviewing the EDCI 506 Foundations of Education Twenty-First Century School presentations, I noticed that most presentations were irrelevant of Virginia Educationtandards.  In preparation for twenty-first century schools, educators should focus on reinventing public schools rather than creating private, independent schools.  Of course, public education should consider informal assessments such as PBL Academy and Dewey High schools portfolio and possibly even year round school.  In addition to the majority decision to integrate technology into the classroom and ensure technology literate instructors.  Much like Marvelous Minds Elementary School and the School of Diversity, R.H.2 M. Middle school’s goal is to promote life long learners.

Considering the staggering high school drop rates U.S. public education should implement core content curriculum to prepare students to graduate from high school with intermediate competency in mathematics, science and literacy.  Not only should every student in the U.S. graduate with a high school diploma, students should also seek post-secondary education, including vocational school, 2 year community college or am4 year academic institution, followed by graduate higher education.  For the United States to be globally competitive, we need to keep the majority in mind and focus on public education.   State education should promote curriculums which produce career minded students and intellectual citizens who are capable of higher order thinking.  Why? The U.S. Department of Education states that the mission of education is to “to promote student achievement and preparation for global competitiveness by fostering educational excellence and ensuring equal access” (U.S. Department of Education, 2012).  Indeed, the mission statement is comprehensive, promotes student achievement and ensures that all students are receiving an equitable education.  As pre-service educators we have the opportunity to contribute to the mission by exemplifing international examples of successful education systems and revamping U.S. education curriculum and standards.

Twenty-First Century School Notes:

Marvelous Minds Elementary

Integration of technology, instruction “inquiry based learning”, homogenous grouping

Mentor teacher during the first year, continuous learning includes staff meetings and mini developmental sessions.

Funding for teaching and instructional assistants

“Life Long Learning” – commonality!

School of Diversity

Information media and technology skills, support system (accomodate the learning needs of every student)

Redistributed funds – local, state and federal; school uniforms across the state and nation

Assessments rid of summative testing, no grades (do not prepare students for the real world); rather use multiple methods approach.

Learning is fun, creative and flexible – Life Long Learners!

PBL Academcy (charter school)

Technologically proficient educators, highly qualified (atleast a BA/BS) with a masters preferred, attend workshops every two years

Year round school to eliminate summer learning gap, portfolios for assessment to track achievement rather than SOL

Focus on the students (experential learning, project based learning, cooperative learning)

Funding from equitable property taxes

Dewey High School

Education Through Experience

Apple and Dell for computers and tech literacy, Grants: Wellsfargo

Portfolio assessments

Formal and Informal study areas, multimedia tools in each classroom

Classrooms arrangments are constantly changing to focus on the students versus the teacher.

Out of classroom experiences (field trips annually)


U.S. Department of Education, (2012). The federal role in education. Retrieved from website: http://www2.ed.gov/about/overview/fed/role.html.

Ornstein, A.C., Levine, D.U. & Gutek, G.L. (2011). Foundations of education. (11 Ed.), Belmont: Wadsworth, Cengage Learning.

U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics. (n.d.). Staggering 10 shocking u.s. education statistics. Retrieved from website: http://blog.socrato.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/staggering_education_infographic1.jpg


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