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Get tips, support, and advice for leading your school toward effective 21st-century learning practices.

Ken KaySeptember 15, 2011

Welcome back to the "7 Steps for Becoming a 21st Century School or District." As you will recall, in Step 1 you developed a list of the student outcomes that your students will need to become 21st century citizens and workers. Now, in Step 2, we want you to use that list to start a community conversation around your 21st century education vision. Although your list may contain other skills, for the purposes of this "7 Steps" series we are going to simplify and use the 4C's:

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Ken KaySeptember 13, 2011

Step One: Adopt Your Vision: Use the 4C's and More

Welcome back to the Seven Steps for Becoming a 21st Century School or District. Last week we answered a few questions:

  • What is 21st century education?
  • What are the seven steps for becoming a 21st century school or district?
  • Why is leadership so important?
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Ken KayAugust 30, 2011

Last summer, as I was winding down my eight years as president of the Partnership for 21st Century Skills, I went around the country and met with 30 superintendents, asking them, "What can I do to support your efforts to implement 21st century education in your district?" Together we came up with the idea of creating a professional learning community (PLC) of education leaders committed to 21st century education. A team of us liked the idea so much that earlier this year we launched EdLeader21, a community of education leaders committed to building critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and creativity into their educational system.

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Eric SheningerAugust 8, 2011

As the calendar turns to August, school leaders across the country are meticulously planning for the upcoming year. This process has become more difficult as mounting challenges such as budget cuts and what seems like a relentless attack on the profession of education have taken their toll on staff morale. With this being said, quality leadership becomes even more essential in order to cultivate a school culture whose primary focus is on the learning and achievement of each and every student.

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Andrew MarcinekJune 7, 2011

Do you ever wonder why we still have faculty meetings? Do you ever walk away from a meeting feeling refreshed and energized about what you just heard? Do you approach these meetings with excitement and genuine wonderment?

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Holden ClemensMay 11, 2011

Holden Clemens (a pseudonym) is a teacher in Springfield, U.S.A. In today's post, he continues his series on practical tips for working with the gamut of exasperating educational archetypes.

I would like to tell you a story about the Invisible Administrator. I know what you are thinking, "Cool! Holden taught at a haunted high school!" Sadly, I taught at a regular high school, but the infrequency that I saw the principal in my school was plenty frightening.

I taught at a high school for a few years and we had a revolving door of principals and assistant principals. There were different reasons why they came and went, but one stayed around for while and that pleased the school board. Not having to search for a principal saved everyone time and money.

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