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 librariansand 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.
Key Topics Covered:
1. 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
2. Curriculum And Content
21st Century Learning Models
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
Educators' Changing Role
Impacts On Professional Learning
Hiring For Change
Role Of The Librarian
Schools Of The Future, Part 1:
3. Technology And Tools
A Digital Environment
Devices For All
Digital Content And Resources
Tech Tools For Schools Of The Future
Virtual And Augmented Reality
Other Technologies To Watch
4. A Look Ahead
Developing A Vision
Generating Educator Enthusiasm
Focusing On Flexibility
Guiding The Transition
5. 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