Transforming Teaching and Learning
Howard-Suamico School District (HSSD) is dedicated to the mission of "ensuring that our students have the knowledge and skills to succeed in a changing world" with the understanding that what students Iearn is fundamentally connected to how they learn. Put simply, student interest is activated - and achievement is increased - when the classroom environment and instruction changes to meet the diverse needs of all learners.
5 Big Ideas for Change
1. The world has changed: We’re living in a global knowledge and information age that’s hyper-connected, fast-paced, competitive, and complex. It is estimated that a week’s worth of the New York Times contains more information than a person was likely to come across in a lifetime in the 18th century!
2. The economy has changed: Various observers describe today's global economy as one in transition to a "knowledge economy," as an extension of an “information society.” The transition requires that the rules and practices that determined success in the industrial economy need rewriting in an interconnected, globalized economy where knowledge resources such as know-how and expertise are as critical as other economic resources.
3. Workforce development has changed: We’re preparing students for jobs that don’t yet exist! Moreover, according to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, this year’s high school graduates will change jobs up to 14x and professions up to 9x by the time they turn 40! Therefore, we need to equip them with 21st century knowledge, skills and literacies which are transferable and customizable to any jobsetting or challenge:
Creativity, critical thinking and problem solving, collaboration, citizenship, and information communication – and - technology literacy.
4. Students have changed: Many students’ lives today are filled with technology that gives them mobile access to information and resources 24/7, enables them to create multimedia content and share it with the world, and allows them to participate in online social networks where people from all over the world share ideas, collaborate, and learn new things. Outside school, students are free to pursue their passions in their own way and at their own pace. The opportunities are limitless, borderless, and instantaneous.
5.Education must (continue to) change: The challenge for our education system is to leverage the learning sciences and modern technology to create engaging, relevant, and personalized learning experiences for all learners that mirror students’ daily lives and the reality of their futures. In contrast to traditional classroom instruction, this requires that we put students at the center and empower them to take control of their own learning by providing flexibility on several dimensions. That is, students must be trained to function in teams - applying complex thinking skills in solving real world problems that do not have predictable outcomes. Technology integration is an important tool in support of this objective.