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Schools of the Future, Part 1: Content and Curriculum

  • ID: 4497090
  • Report
  • February 2018
  • Region: Global, United States
  • 75 Pages
  • SIMBA Information
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Across the U.S., school districts are embracing the concept of future-ready schools, or schools that are rooted in the 21st Century Learning Framework. In such schools, teachers’ and students’ roles are reversed-students take a greater role in directing their own progress through a unique learning path, while teachers become guides and mentors.

This report, Schools of the Future, examines the characteristics of future-ready schools, gleaned through the experiences of those who have implemented key components, and provides a look at where the U.S. is today in transforming the current education system into the schools of the future.

Schools of the Future, Part 1: Curriculum and Content focuses on the changing curriculum needs of future-ready schools-from 21st century learning models to personalized learning and multi-age learning to the changing roles of teachers and librarians-and the changing demand relating to instructional materials, including OER, assessments, robotics, and other technologies.

Schools of the Future, Part 2: The Physical Space focuses on the new physical spaces for learning-the changing school environment, both for new construction and the redesign of existing space-that are being implemented to facilitate the future-ready learning experience. These new spaces demand flexibility for both students and teachers, but future ready does not necessarily mean a huge construction project.

Practical lessons on implementation of the aspects of future-ready schools are provided through five case studies of districts or schools in each part (for a total of 10 case studies) that are implementing facets of the school of the future.

Schools of the Future was created to be a reference resource and guide for developers, marketers and providers of curriculum development, content, technology tools and devices, assessment, professional development, furniture and educational equipment.

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Executive Summary


The School of the Future: An Introduction

  • What is the School of the Future?
  • A Move toward Student-Led Learning
  • Technology Supports Learning
  • A Comfortable and Collaborative Environment
  • Transformation in Teacher-Leadership
  • What is Driving the Changes?
  • Potential Challenges Ahead
  • A Fragmented Landscape of Change

Curriculum and Content

  • Table Future-Ready Learning: Selected Definitions
  • 21st Century Learning Models
  • Personalized Learning
  • Blended Learning
  • Hands-on Learning
  • Cross-Disciplinary and Multi-Age Learning
  • College, Career, and Community
  • Impact on Instructional Materials
  • Growth in Digital Resources
  • Kits and Components for Hands-on Learning
  • Free and Open-Source Materials
  • Assessments
  • Scheduling for 21st Century Learning
  • Educators' Changing Role
  • Impacts on Professional Learning
  • Hiring for Change
  • Role of the Librarian

Technology and Tools

  • A Digital Environment
  • Devices for All
  • Digital Content and Resources
  • Tech Tools For Schools of the Future
  • 3D printers
  • Robotics
  • Virtual and Augmented Reality
  • Table Definitions in Augmented and Virtual Reality
  • Gamification
  • Other Technologies to Watch

A Look Ahead

  • Developing a Vision
  • Seeking Inspiration
  • Generating Educator Enthusiasm
  • Focusing on Flexibility
  • Other Considerations
  • Grassroots Growth
  • Supporting Expansion
  • Guiding the Transition
  • Promoting Partnerships
  • Time Management
  • The Future

Case Studies

  • Salt Lake City's Innovations Early College High School: Personalized Learning Leads to Positive Outcomes
  • Albemarle County Schools: Grassroots Initiative Leads to District-wide Hands-on Learning Curriculum
  • South Fayette School District: School-to-Business Partnerships Foster Project-Based Learning
  • Evergreen Public Schools: Using Open-Source Math Resources in Lieu of a Commercial Core Program
  • Design Tech High School: Design Thinking as an Organization Principle
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