The world has changed. Work has changed. Technology has changed. Communication has changed. The pace of the world has changed. Interconnectedness has changed. Collaboration has changed. Just about everything has changed on this planet.
This means that education must change, too. Teacher-directed, desks-in-rows, coverage-oriented classrooms are no longer the kind of classroom for this planet. Maybe there are other planets that haven’t changed, but this one has. Our schools have to be about our childrens’ future rather than the adults’ past. Authentic college, career and citizenship readiness have to be the goals of public education at this time and on this planet.
The educational community of Central New York knows that the world has changed and a regional vision for college, career and citizenship readiness has emerged. Our regional vision is founded on an uncompromising and relentless commitment to preparing students for college, career and citizenship – in other words, preparing students for their future. At the heart of our regional vision are three commitments: instruction that engages, culture that empowers, and technology that enables.
Instruction that truly engages is instruction that is engaging, meaningful and anchored in the real world. In the regional vision, project-based learning is the defining model of learning — project-based learning that is standards-based and learner-centered.
A culture of empowerment helps provide efficiency and agency to our students. These characteristics will not only help our students be college, career and citizenship ready, these characteristics will help our students all of their lives.
On this changed planet technology plays an important role. The regional vision for Central New York has every student armed with technology to connect them to the world, allowing them to connect with the information they need when they need it and to connect them to the people in the world with whom they need to connect.
Our regional vision includes three “New Tech High Schools.” These schools are places where the instruction is engaging, the culture is empowering and the technology is enabling. Surrounding these three schools will be adult learning, where educators come to learn about creating schools where these qualities exist. Partnerships with higher education, business and teacher preparation programs are integrated in the regional visions.
Central New York’s regional vision will prepare our students for their future and it will better prepare our future citizens to be ready for college, career and whatever comes their way. Central New York will soon be recognized throughout the State for this innovative vision.