Recognition of Achievement for 2011 Institute.21
P21 is pleased to present our Annual 21st Century Education Best Practice Recognition. The purpose of this recognition is to celebrate and share the 21st century education work in the states. This year states prepared applications in five categories:
- Common core standards/curriculum and instruction,
- Professional development,
- Transformation of teaching and learning,
- Learning environments.
In 2011 we presented the following awards to the P21 Leadership States for their exemplary work in 21st Century Education:
Another challenge that Arizona, and many other states, face is providing high-quality, low-cost resources and professional development to districts and charter schools to increase their students’ 21st Century skills. To this end, Arizona created a suite of services and resources:
- an online course (AZ Teach 21) for teachers,
- grade-level specific technology implementation guides that support the teaching of the Arizona core content standards and increase the acquisition of 21st century skills by Arizona’s students, and
- Arizona-specific adaptation of the Florida Technology Integration Matrix (AZ TIM), with video segments and lesson plans.
Arizona is recognized for state's courage and creativity to overcome obstacles and bring teachers the needed resources and professional development for 21st century teaching and learning. Cathy Poplin accepted the award.
With a broad coalition of partners including the Iowa Department of Education, the University of Northern Iowa, Stanford University School Redesign Network, UCLA/CRESST, area education agencies and small rural high need schools, Iowa is building new models and tools for effective teaching through the Iowa Teacher Quality Partnership. This collaborative team identified emerging qualities of effective teaching built on 21st century skills and are incorporating into pre-service programs and professional development for beginning teachers. Additionally digital teacher and student artifacts are being built to document effective teaching practices, which align to the Interstate New Teacher Assessment Support Consortium (INTASC) and Iowa Teaching Standards (ITS). Accepting the award for Iowa's exemplary work in redefining teaching practice is Sandra Dop.
Ensure Economic Success for Tomorrow: Graduate All Students Today Final Report and Recommendations from the Kansas Commission on Graduation and Dropout Prevention and Recovery
Education in Kansas is undergoing statewide reform built on 21st century skills as a result of the recommendations in the Kansas Commission on Graduation and Dropout Prevention and Recovery’s recently released report. These reforms include
- redesigning the state accreditation and assessment systems around 21st Century Skills
- creating 21st Century Learning Environments for student collaboration and success
- expanding and enhancing positive relationships among stakeholders to support implementation of the 21st century skills mode
- ensuring the availability of technology, and
- focused professional development necessary to implement the 21st century skills model.
P21 recognizes Kansas for their vision, commitment and their ongoing work to ensure Kansas students stay in school and graduate college and career ready. Accepting the award for Kansas is Matt Kriehbl.
This framework provides a common language for all educators to better facilitate professional development on effective teaching and learning and to promote collegiality. It was designed in a 21st century context as a living framework that includes not only curriculum around common core standards and 21st century skills but also:
- thinking tools
- digital resources for developing curriculum with 21st century learning skills and
- knowledge and learning research
We recognize this comprehensive framework applaud Kentucky’s framework for providing educators with the tool and resources they need to produce new ways of learning for themselves and their students. Accepting the award on behalf of Kentucky is Commissioner Holliday.
P21 recognizes the Louisiana Department of Education for their unique Journey to Careers (JTC) program. JTC is more than just a curriculum-it brings the classroom and the workplace together and engages students in choosing their own educational and career path through an individual graduation plan. Instruction is primarily project-based and grounded in the application of 21st century skills. JTC Teachers structure the classroom setting as though it were a place of employment; students are expected to conduct themselves in a manner that would ensure “on the job” success. Accepting the award for building 21st century bridges between the classroom and the workplace in Louisiana is Ralph Thibodeaux.
Professional development is a cornerstone of a 21st century education. Our next award goes to the Massachusetts New Literacies Institute.
- Educators at the Institute experienced the 4 C’s firsthand as they formed small working groups and collaborated to create lesson plans that incorporated the new models for teaching.
- Teachers were introduced to a new understanding of English Language Arts through online reading comprehension, collaborative inquiry, and online content construction.
- In “Digging Deeper” sessions they researched on cornerstone topics
- Through “Cool Tools” sessions they learned how to apply Web 2.0 Tools for lesson plan creation
This Institute is an excellent example of how states can provide experiences for educators that build their 21st century skills and immerse them in new teaching practices. Accepting the award for Massachusetts is Connie Louie.
All Nevada middle school teachers and their site administrators participated in this two-year professional development opportunity based on two complementary models, the P21 Framework for 21st Century Learning and the Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge or “TPACK” model. With a motto of “Prepare to Engage” the project brought rigorous and collaborative professional development to every classroom and created an online, statewide, professional learning community for the participating teachers and site administrators. Through the collaborative nature of the assignments, participants developed, shared, implemented, and critiqued curriculum and instruction plans supporting the P21 Framework skills, as well as standards-based content areas. For taking innovative professional development to scale using 21st century tools and practices, we recognize Nevada. Accepting on behalf of Nevada is Leslie James or Rus Keglovits.
To address the fundamental changes outlined in the North Carolina State Board of Education’s Framework for Change, the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction created the comprehensive Accountability Curriculum Reform Effort (ACRE). Two important parts of ACRE are being recognized by P21:
- For the first time ever, NCDPI developed their new Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and Math, AND new Essential Standards for all other content areas, incorporating 21st century themes and 21st century skills
- In addition, they launched Summer Leadership Institutes, high-quality blended professional development designed to empower educators to use the new standards and curricula in their classrooms.
Rebecca Garland accepted the award for bringing significant positive change to education in North Carolina.
West Virginia Comprehensive Data Access through “Data Portal for 21st Century for Success” (DP21) and “WVEIS on the Web” (WOW)
As the next step in their journey in building a statewide 21st century learning environment, the state who gave us Teach21 and Learn 21, West Virginia is now focusing on data driven decision making. To do this, they streamlined their data gathering and are building innovative new reporting tools through two key initiatives:
- The West Virginia Educational Information System (WVEIS) which now provides a web-based student information system for all 57 districts through a common platform.
- West Virginia recognized that to make all the data accessible and usable to inform daily instruction, a new portal was needed. And DP21 was born. DP21 is a comprehensive data portal which includes a set of data visualization tools. Through this portal, school teams will be able to access key data from various platforms and collection systems in a single location for more efficient school-level data analysis.
For taking the next bold step in providing 21st learning environments, we recognize West Virginia. Accepting the award on behalf of West Virginia is Juan D’Brot.
Wisconsin Leadership Coaching Professional Development Program
Building capacity for making changes to teaching practice is a challenge for all states. To address this challenge, Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction developed the Leadership Coaching Professional Development Program. The Program focuses on developing the coaching communication and collaboration skills of education leaders who can in turn help their colleagues engage in learning activities that promote 21st Century learning outcomes. The coaches then use research-based practices and the 4 Cs to train and support teachers who serve as peer coaches. Evaluation data indicate the peer coaching program had a significant impact, not only on teacher practice but also on lesson plan quality and student work produced. Congratulations Wisconsin for taking this significant step in building the capacity of your educators. Accepting on behalf of Wisconsin is Michael Thompson.
John I. Wilson Leadership for Learning Award
Kentucky Content Leadership Networks and Continuous Instructional Improvement Technology System (CIITS)
Today we award the first John I Wilson Leadership for Learning Award to Kentucky for their Content Leadership Networks and Continuous Instructional Improvement Technology System. With the passage of Senate Bill 1, which called for higher standards, a new balanced assessment system, and improved professional learning opportunities for all educators, the Kentucky Department of Education immediately began building a statewide framework for the 21st century. A key component of this framework is their comprehensive system of content leadership networks designed to increase stakeholder involvement and knowledge, as well as build capacity among Kentucky educators. As companion to that, the Kentucky’s Continuous Instructional Improvement Technology System (CIITS) is an online tool for information and resource sharing and professional learning. Participants across the state become part of a local, regional and statewide network of teachers, instructional leaders, district superintendents, representatives from KDE and higher education. This comprehensive system builds statewide stakeholder commitment and educator capacity though effective communication and tireless collaboration. It exemplifies the principles on which John Wilson has built his professional life. Therefore we award the first John I Wilson award to Kentucky for their Content Leadership Networks and Continuous Instructional Improvement Technology System (CIITS). Join P21 in congratulating Kentucky for using “The power of collaboration among all educators to build the educational system we all envision.”