Wednesday, October 20, 2010

New Targets, New Approaches?

In Colorado Springs School District 11, the school board has adopted the ACHIEVE profile of a high school graduate. It’s D11’s take on the traits and skills necessary for a person to thrive in the 21st century. 

The profile is a good target. C21L worked with the district on refining the ACHIEVE model and thinking about ways to infuse it into the current system. Together with district leaders we wondered:
  • How would students know where they stand in relation to the ideal?
  • How would students find opportunities to progress? 
  • How would they and their teachers measure their progress? 
These are important questions to ask and ask often as we move toward a greater emphasis on skills-based learning. Educators across the state are asking similar questions about the new Colorado Model Content Standards, which now include 21st century skills and postsecondary workforce readiness skills. 

We need guidance, models, research on effective methods, and, perhaps most importantly, a culture of practice that supports the development of these skills. 

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