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.
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
- 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
- Virtual and Augmented Reality
- Table Definitions in Augmented and Virtual Reality
- 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
- 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