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Framework for 21st Century Curriculum and Assessment

Framework for 21st Century Curriculum and Assessment
Updated February 2013 Adopted by the NCTE Executive Committee November 19, 2008 Context for NCTE’s 21st Century Literacies Framework In the 1990s, the National Council of Teachers of English and the International Reading Association established national standards for English language arts learners that anticipated the more sophisticated literacy skills and abilities required for full participation in a global, 21st century community. The selected standards, listed in the appendix, served as a clarion call for changes underway today in literacy education. The NCTE definition of 21st century literacies makes it clear that the continued evolution of curriculum, assessment, and teaching practice itself is necessary: Literacy has always been a collection of cultural and communicative practices shared among members of particular groups. Elements of the Framework Implications of the Framework for Assessments Appendix: 1. 2. 3. 6. 7. 8. 10. 12.

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The Impact of Digital Tools on Student Writing and How Writing is Taught in Schools A survey of 2,462 Advanced Placement (AP) and National Writing Project (NWP) teachers finds that digital technologies are shaping student writing in myriad ways and have also become helpful tools for teaching writing to middle and high school students. These teachers see the internet and digital technologies such as social networking sites, cell phones and texting, generally facilitating teens’ personal expression and creativity, broadening the audience for their written material, and encouraging teens to write more often in more formats than may have been the case in prior generations. At the same time, they describe the unique challenges of teaching writing in the digital age, including the “creep” of informal style into formal writing assignments and the need to better educate students about issues such as plagiarism and fair use. The AP and NWP teachers surveyed see today’s digital tools having tangible, beneficial impacts on student writing

Information Literacy Access and Evaluate Information Access information efficiently (time) and effectively (sources)Evaluate information critically and competentlyUse and Manage InformationUse information accurately and creatively for the issue or problem at handManage the flow of information from a wide variety of sourcesApply a fundamental understanding of the ethical/legal issues surrounding the access and use of information Additional resources: 1. ALA | Information Literacy AASL provides leadership for the development of dynamic, student-centered school library media programs.

West Virginia learns Finland's 'most honorable profession': Teacher Why Finland is important to U.S. education Only 10% of 7,000 teacher applicants to primary school programs accepted in FinlandFinland tops international tests rankings, but doesn't use standardized tests domestically"It is a patriotic, national calling to be a teacher," said one Finnish teacher (CNN) -- When newly minted West Virginia Schools Superintendent Dr. Steven Paine told parents, teachers and educators in 2005 that he wanted to use Finland as a model for their education system, he got a lot of blank stares: Finland?

21st Century Learning: Will Richardson: Connective Teaching: How the Read/Write Web Challenges Traditional Practice Voice for the VoicelessIn keeping with my context filter (Homeless Children and Children of Poverty) for the Connectivism conference I re-listened to Will's presentation. Will says that networks are crucial and the best way to stay current is to network with other passionate learners who want to learn the things you do. As educators we must have a willingness to share and be transparent. He tells us that recognizing patterns is huge. As educators we should look at the distributed conversations that are out there -- which are not linear-- and synthesize ideas, pick out patterns of ideas and connect them. Why should we be doing this?

Manual of Style/Words to watch There are no forbidden words or expressions on Wikipedia, but certain expressions should be used with care, because they may introduce bias. Strive to eliminate expressions that are flattering, disparaging, vague, or clichéd, or that endorse a particular point of view. The advice in this guideline is not limited to the examples provided and should not be applied rigidly.[1] What matters is that articles should be well-written and consistent with the core content policies—Neutral point of view, No original research, and Verifiability.

Learning Standards & Program Guidelines Review and Revision For the first time in decades AASL is using a multi-layered survey, data, and research approach to revise and remodel its learning standards and program guidelines for your profession. To ensure the standards meet the needs of the entire community, this research centers on community consultation—you are the foundation of our work! Visit the FAQ section for more information on the research process, key findings, and next steps. Overview | Project Plan Milestones | Frequently Asked Questions While the launch of new standards and guidelines is scheduled for fall 2017, the current AASL standards will not “go away” with the release of new standards. What Will School Look Like in 10 Years? Computers, electronic whiteboards and other interactive technologies are fundamentally changing American education. That is the view of the experts whom The Times spoke with about what the classroom will look like 10 years from now. Listen to excerpts from their predictions below, and share your own thoughts about their comments and Matt Richtel’s article about technology in schools in the comments section. Karen Cator, director of educational technology, United States Department of Education

The Partnership for 21st Century Skills - Communication and Collaboration Communicate Clearly Articulate thoughts and ideas effectively using oral, written and nonverbal communication skills in a variety of forms and contexts Listen effectively to decipher meaning, including knowledge, values, attitudes and intentions Use communication for a range of purposes (e.g. to inform, instruct, motivate and persuade) Utilize multiple media and technologies, and know how to judge their effectiveness a priori as well as assess their impact Communicate effectively in diverse environments (including multi-lingual)Collaborate with Others Demonstrate ability to work effectively and respectfully with diverse teams Exercise flexibility and willingness to be helpful in making necessary compromises to accomplish a common goal Assume shared responsibility for collaborative work, and value the individual contributions made by each team member Additional resources are listed below: 1.

Pew: 47% of US Facebook users, or about 30% of all Americans, get news from the social network Given that Facebook is the world’s largest social network with over 1.15 billion users, it’s no surprise that many turn to the platform for news. In the US, about half of adult Facebook users, or 47 percent, get news from the social network. Facebook has over 128 million monthly active users in the US and more than 101 million daily active users in its home country. Extrapolating the previous figure, about 30 percent of the US population gets news from the social network.

Coteaching: A Strategic Evidence-Based Practice for Collaborating School Librarians – School Library Connection Blog Have you preregistered for Dr. Judi Moreillon’s upcoming webinar on EdWeb, “Classroom-Library Coteaching 4Student Success“? Join Dr. Moreillon and our colleagues from Libraries Unlimited on October 13th at 5:00 PM EDT for an interactive exploration of strategies for identifying potential collaborative partners, electronic collaborative planning tools, providing evidence of the value and efficacy of classroom-library collaboration, and much more. The best part?