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The Future Vision for Education: By Gabriel Rio

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The mission the of Consolidated School District of New Britain is to provide students a quality education and safe, rigorous learning environment. Home to over ten thousand students, the district is complete with over nine elementary schools, four middle schools, one K-8 Dual language school and one comprehensive high school each with the same goal of supporting students to achieve academic success and developing their talents and skills. By offering diverse programming, classroom based technology experiences, gifted learning and special education opportunities, students are able to grow and develop in their own way.
-CSDNB Mission statement

Key Trends
Rethinking Learning Spaces
Key Trends
Individualized Learning
Educational Technology Trends
The amount of technology that is being utilized and integrated in the district is increasing dramatically
The ability and opportunity for students to access technology allows for and encourages creativity. It challenges them to become independent learners
The ratio of students to mobile technological devices is approaching 10 to 1
Although the district has increased the number of mobile technological devices in each classroom, it is still not enough to meet the needs of all the students

A scenario is a description of a future situation and the course of events, which allows one to move forward from the original situation to the future (Mietzner & Reger).

Encourages student involvement by giving them a more active role in their educational process
Emphasizes the delivery of information through exploratory-based projects, flipped classrooms, computer labs and smart rooms
Motivates students to take ownership over their learning
includes the student directly as an integral part of the team, responsible for educational decisions.
The Future Vision for Education
Supports technology and promotes independent choices
Gives students the freedom to explore their interests while learning
Allows and encourages student creativity through exploratory-based projects, customized curriculum and instruction
Scanning is the first step in the Futuring Process. Scanning is meant to provide strategic intelligence to the strategic planning process by identifying patterns and potential developments, monitoring them, forecasting their future pattern and assessing their impacts. ("Futures Studies")

Provides a solid foundation for scenario development
Identifies both positive and negative trends
Analyzes the quality and effectiveness of past and current teaching practices
Requires constant monitoring
Demands extensive amounts of data collection
Data is constantly changing due to environmental, economic and demographic events
Assists in the decision making process
Serves as a road map to success
Strengthens preparation for unforeseen events and challenges
Provides a proactive approach
Scenarios are not forecasts of the future
Scenarios can be broad and narrow
Highly unrealistic and improbable because they provide too many alternatives and variables
Economic Trends
Increasing disparity between low-income and wealthy families.
The CSDNB is one of the highest paid cities for teacher salaries in the state.
Lack of money in the budget for funding programs, curriculum and tangible resources for students and teachers.

Public Policy Trends
The city of New Britain historically has a political and public policy system that is mired in strife and polarization.
The city government has been run predominantly by a Republican Mayor with a Democratic Majority ruled common council.
Policies that are “best” for the citizens are passed over for the popular “political” policy.
As a result of infighting and political alliances, the needs of the schools and the students are not given top priority.

Demographic Trends
Classrooms are mixed with students from low-income and wealthy families.
There is a large population of Latinos in the city. Over 40 % of the students in the school district are Hispanic.
Increasing amount of ESL students and dual language programs throughout the district.
Programs that integrate the many cultures and languages are almost non-existent.

Vision/ Plan
Five years from now, the Consolidated School District of New Britain will look and operate very differently than it does today. The future of education in New Britain will depend on several necessary components, which will create a blended learning experience that incorporates the student, parent, teacher and community in the educational process. These components will include technology, individualized learning, community involvement and 21st century skills. When combined, these components will create an effective, rigorous and relevant learning experience, which promotes student creativity and innovation.

Plan For Change
There are several different ways that the Consolidated School District of New Britain should prepare for these changes.  

Call to Action
In order to make this future vision a reality, there are two steps that the Consolidated School District of New Britain should take immediately

The district should form a committee that will appropriately address any challenges, concerns and opportunities associated with these changes
The committee should develop a curriculum that incorporates the existing state standards and assessments with these new changes.
The district will educate its staff about the research and philosophy behind these changes through regular professional development sessions.
An open forum should be created in order to gather feedback, concerns or ideas from the whole learning community in regards to these new changes.
The committee should analyze current demographic and economic trends within the city in order to create a learning experience that accommodates the whole community.

First, the district should form a committee which involves the entire learning community. Students, teachers, parents, administrators and community members will work collaboratively to create a plan for implementing these changes. The district should use this committee to discover creative ways to incorporate the existing state issued curriculum and standardized assessments into these new approaches.
Second, the district should encourage parental and community awareness about these changes by creating an open forum. This forum will meet regularly to provide the parents and community members the opportunity to give their feedback and express their concerns or ideas for improvement.

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