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Making St. Mary's a 21st Century School

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Daniel Standring

on 19 September 2014

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Transcript of Making St. Mary's a 21st Century School

Building a 21st Century High School @
St. Mary's Catholic School

The Origins of Schools
Education for the Masses
Schools as Factories
teaching and learning
in the 21st century
School as a factory

“The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.”

- Alvin Toffler
Educating the 21st Century Child
We are working to gather data specific to our situation.
At St. Mary's we have had:
Provincial meetings
Teacher conferences
Student Surveys
Plan /

Our Objective is to Develop
What Research tell us about what is needed in education today?
Provincial meetings - HSR works, though it takes time to hit the sweet spot.
Teacher conferences - PIT was too short. We are ready to start giving students some more control.
Student Surveys - Students agree they want more choice in how they learn, and are graded.
Research - A rigorous reading of modern academic educational research.
Research backs up this idea that students with these conditions are more likely to be successful, engaged and satisfied with their education
We have explored many options that increase the success of students
Our plan at St. Mary's begins with PIT or personalized independent time. This is time where students schedule their own time, working on what THEY need or getting help in what THEY need.
Having PIT also opens the door for our school to allow students to learn independently and if they wish, modify the delivery or timeline for a course.
It should be noted that time needed to assimilate new knowledge is heavily variable.
Factories at the turn of the 20th century
Schools at the same time
... and class rooms looked like this
60 years later, America landed on the moon
Styles, seats and posture have changed
... but classrooms look essentially the same as they did 100 years ago
Classrooms are more multicultural than ever before
All these lights can light a room, but in very different ways
The factory model of education has never been the best. It assumes that all students show up to school on an equal footing and with similar backgrounds, just as factories assume their parts for assembly will all be identical.

This model is less effective than ever, and research definitively shows there are better ways to educate our children!
All these students can light a room as well, but also in very different ways
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