Granite State College

Granite State College and their K12 partners recorded the barriers and strategies identified by their P-20 team. Their action plans are posted here:


12 Responses to Granite State College

  1. Linda Kenney says:

    I am entering comments from P-20 teams.

  2. Linda Kenney says:

    Help to revise state standards.


    We don’t want to re-edit teacher prep. We want to transform it. from Mary Ford

  3. Linda Kenney says:

    Barrier — Educ. prep programs are preparing students for schools of yesterday. (NOT schools or tomorrow). Rare candidate who can teach skills for schools of tomorrow.

    Solution is not black and white.

  4. Linda Kenney says:

    What skills do they need?
    Online community (that they bring with them) — Twitter, etc.
    Helps with the isolation in classrooms.
    HS are embracing a Blackboard type environment — online syllabus, etc.
    Teachers are not necessarily able to use the online environment — online submissions, comments online, etc.

    Accountability from NECAP – barrier

    Can we teach teams?
    Yes, done at Pembroke.

    Reason – not prepared at middle school.

  5. Linda Kenney says:

    Grades – competency based?
    Yes at Pembroke.

    Classes at different levels work together, say 5th grade and 8th grade classes might present to each other.

    What about consistency?

    Cannot be consistent; suck you down; build strong pockets and push those pockets out; build critical mass.

    Teachers in classroom are isolated. Need ability to talk with other teachers, especially outside of district.

    Barrier — isolation of teachers (HUGE)

    Important with GSC teaching interns. At Deerfield, there are many interns who interact F2F. How can this be done elsewhere where there are not so many interns?

    UNH has this intern interaction written down/modeled.

    Mock interviews have been done.

    Interns have input, college has input, district has input about what is one.

  6. Linda Kenney says:

    Learning Studios. How to make this happen?

    Retired folks, volunteers. Otherwise cost will be a barrier.

    Inconsistency with volunteers. This is the problem with using volunteers.

    Cost will be an issue.

    Is the cost an issue because of the structure of our current schools? Do we really have enough money; just needs to be re-allocated?

    Is the current structure of one teacher and 20 students a barrier? YES.

    Many teachers, volunteers, paras, etc. difficult to work with — like a “circus.”

    Student teachers should be in class for a year (or at least longer than 12 weeks.) Some schools pay them for a year.

    First year teachers flounder because of this.

    The idea is that the person would be paid, (paid internship – for full year).

    Barriers — length of year.

    Teams of people — may have different roles. Not work between 8 -3, perhaps online.

    How to orchestrate this?

    Do leaders have the skill set to work with teachers who work with teams?

    Administrators do not often have these skills.

    One of biggest barriers — administrators may not have the vision.

  7. Linda Kenney says:

    GSC – no tenured faculty.

    We may need to go back to lab schools.
    Find the model, import the model, maybe charter schools?

    Find the place (public school) where parts work and send student teachers to those schools where the models work.

    Create lab schools with early adapters.

    How do the student teachers sustain what they have learned in less technologically adept schools?

    We all want to work in the best schools. Cannot happen…

    Biggest barrier teachers who are not prepared (newest) and also older teachers who are not comfortable with technology.

    Some teachers need to “move along.” Teachers cannot be removed for poor performance. They need to be trained and offered the ability to learn new skills, etc.

  8. Linda Kenney says:

    Barrier maintaining poor performing teachers. See above post.

    High performing nations — do not have this problem. What is their way of measuring their teachers? We should look at that.

    Teachers in Great Britain aware of how they contribute to rating of school.

    We don’t have the effective tools to measure effective teaching.

    MET project out of Harvard. Measure of Effective Teaching. (Taping teachers — looked at by professionals.)

    We don’t have a good vocab for describing good teaching.

    Paras becoming teachers — is difficult. This would be an opportunity (Like a paid intern, instead.)

  9. Linda Kenney says:

    Barrier – high stakes testing.

    State regs need to reflect requirements for 21st century teaching .

    Transform teacher educ and then put student teacher and new teacher in the same OLD environment.

    Let them see what a really good online classroom looks like.

    Supervision is the current teacher.

    Science teachers, etc. need to be familiar with technology in their field (labs, etc.)

    What does the workforce need students to have? Teachers may not know.

  10. Linda Kenney says:

    isolation of K-12 teachers
    Structure and organization of P-20 schools.
    Retaining poor performing schools
    How to simultaneously work together (higher ed and K-12) to transform this.
    Leadership needs vision. (At state level, especially) Inspiration needed.
    Everyone went to school. It was “good enough for me…” Status quo mentality. Impacts funding. Looks at as expense and not an investment. IMPORTANT.

  11. Linda Kenney says:

    Time — look at differently.

    Use all 12 months.

    How to use “down” time.

    In summer, students lose some of what they have learned during the year.

    24/7 12 month endeavor. HUGE

    Priorities are an issue. What’s the most important? We need to be on the same level with this.

    Leadership is important. Empowerment of teachers is important. What kind of leadership is important?

  12. Linda Kenney says:

    Professional learning communities in higher ed. need to admit that they need help with 21st century learning.

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