Continuing discussions from the NH Summit
SNHU and their K12 partners had two teams at the summit. They developed action plans posted here: http://www.nhsummit.org/p-20-teams/snhu-team
The main barrier is the need for a vision that is shared and embraced by all stakeholders. We need to define the vision without taking into account where we are now and concentrate on where we are going – a 21st century vision will requires change; yet often it is felt that the current federal, state, and local structures do not support dramatic change.
SNHU – Manchester
Audrey Rogers, SNHU School of Education
Alan Pardy – Council for Teacher Education
Linda Durand – Wilson School Principal
Sheila Brisson – Federal Projects Manager
Marilyn Azevedo – Southside Principal
Judy Adams – Bakersville Principal
Sandra McGonagle: Gilford
• Find high impact strategies that will accelerate students’ learning. But…need to stick with something long enough to realize benefit. Don’t change for change sake
• Lack of understanding: What is the role of technology – either for interventions or facilitating classroom learning – how does technology fit into our efforts?
• Need more training for real life applications (e.g. ELA teachers are learning technology, but don’t know everything about implementation)
• Time, time to learn everything, time to train, time to implement technology, time to make change happen
• Finding people comfortable/brave enough
• Need more collegial environment (we are working on it with PLCs), but needs to be school/district based
• Need time during school day to embed PD training
• Need to help teachers find info, like Bugscope – place on DOE site? Connect to GLEs
• How do we decide what’s the most important information to learn, what’s the connection to GLEs or to preparing teachers (interpersonal skills to work as member of a team, teaching students to help other students)
• How do we move toward collaborative model with teachers when we’ve all been taught and have experienced the stand alone model?
• We have not done district level work around 21st century skills (information/communication, problem solving). How do we scope and sequence it? Principals have a hard time setting expectations when observe classrooms when we haven’t outlined what it should look like.
• Lack of personnel resources prevent the conversation around what effective, 21st century teaching looks like and/or integration of technology. There is an IT person, but they are hardware focused, not integration focused. Focus has been on content standards so we are not “in need of improvement.” We have been standards-based.
• This is opening up learning in a non-NECAP way, we need to push other ways to assess progress at the state level. DOE is hoping Federal DOE approves plan (growth targets), but let’s push ahead.
• Too much time spent on testing
• Pressure is on for schools to go back to basics; perhaps many are not ready for this change
• Barrier = union: all stakeholders are not on the same page. America’s Choice = our current reform model (one 45-minute planning period a week used for PLC). Grievance led to no longer able to use that time (because it is not “teacher driven”). Many teachers are willing, but don’t want to go against union.
• Change the way we handle Student Teachers. They should be paired with multiple teachers, collaborative rather than one on one. New teachers still have stand alone thinking and training
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