Why Future Ready Learning?

Why Future Ready Learning?
Posted on 01/11/2018

It is critical that we design future ready schools because our students need to know how to learn in a world where information is growing exponentially. Our students need to be prepared for the jobs and careers of tomorrow; jobs that don't yet exist today.  Our students need to be: literate in a digital-age; effective communicators; inventive thinkers; and highly productive. 
In this week’s blog, I encourage you to check out this video - The Future of Learning (less than 8 min.).  The video talks about how we are designing a future ready education, as opposed to simply dreaming or dreading it.  The video provides a good explanation of how the industrial model of schools is no longer serving the needs of our students and how an integrated learning approach to college and career preparation is essential.  

The “3Rs” are still important in today’s schools ~ students must to have foundational skills in reading, writing, and math.  However, we also need to provide a more comprehensive approach by embracing the “4Cs” – Communication, Collaboration, Critical Thinking, and Creativity.  The Partnership for 21st Century Learning (P21) has created a short (less than 4 min.), animated film called Above & Beyond.

These two brief videos provide a few of the foundational concepts for designing future ready learning in District 66. In next week’s blog we will explore the enGauge framework that we are using in District 66 to Build Our Future!       

Reminder:  Be
sure to attend the Building Our Future Open House on Tuesday, Jan. 23 from 5:30-7:00 p.m. at Ide School.