As technology and globalization transform our economy and civic sphere, educators must rise to the challenge of preparing students for an ever more complex and cognitively demanding world. This workshop is designed for school leaders working to make 21st Century Learning an essential element of school culture and intellectual life.
The workshop is organized around three core themes:
- Why Change? Making the case for 21st Century Skills instruction
- What Does Change Look Like? Envisioning and enacting 21st Century Skills instruction across schools
- Assessing Change in Changing Times: Monitoring school progress towards 21st Century Skill goals.
In this workshop, we'll begin by closely examining the global forces transforming our world and explore the skill sets that our students will need to thrive in their future. We’ll look at strategies for convincing diverse stakeholder groups — students, teachers, parents, administrators, and school board members — about the imperatives of 21st Century Skills instruction. We'll also examine diverse strategies that schools employ to create a common vision for meaningful, technology-rich learning.
We'll then immerse ourselves in hands-on practice with tools and pedagogies that transform classrooms from assembly lines within a factory model to creative agency classrooms, where students are empowered to create and explore. After that, we will examine several key conceptual frameworks, as well as a suite of strategies for guiding and supporting change in the instructional core, including backwards planning and logic modeling. Particular attention will be paid to the essential role of teacher-leaders in leading the way towards meaningful technology-integration. Finally, we will examine the issue of performance assessment with 21st Century teaching and learning.
EdTechTeacher does not provide equipment for the workshop. Participants should bring a laptop computer with wireless capability. You are welcome to also bring iPads, tablets, or other mobile devices in addition to your laptop, but some tools may not work on all devices.
We will begin promptly at 8:30 am and strongly recommend arriving 20-30 minutes early on the first day in order to get set up. Coffee and snacks will be available each morning. Lunch options are within walking distance.
- 8:30 am - 12:00 pm - Class
- 12:00 pm - 1:00pm - Lunch
- 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm - Class
Justin Reich is the co-founder of EdTechTeacher, a fellow at theBerkman Center for Internet and Society, and the director of Online Community, Practice and Research at Facing History and Ourselves, an organization devoted to combating bigotry and nurturing democracy through history education. His current research and work examines how online professional learning opportunities (both formal and informal) can support educators’ efforts to develop students’ historical thinking and moral reasoning skills. He is also developing research projects around family involvement in informal learning with high-poverty populations and around inventorying school-based approaches to cyber-bullying and online cruelty and meanness. Justin is a co-author of Best Ideas for Teaching with Technology: A Practical Guide for Teachers by Teachers, and his academic work has been published in Educational Researcher, Social Education, Contemporary Issues in Technology and Teacher Education, and other venues. His opinion writings have been published in the Washington Post,Christian Science Monitor, The Providence Journal, and other publications. He has been an Outstanding Educator in Residence for the Academy of Singapore Teachers, a Digital Media and Learning Summer Fellow with the MacArthur Foundation, and is among the 2012 class of Emerging Leaders for the International Society for Technology in Education. He also blogs for Education Week at EdTechResearcher.
Tom Daccord is an educational technology speaker, instructor, and writer who has worked with schools, districts, colleges and educational organizations in the United States, Canada, Europe, and Asia. Author of Best Ideas for Teaching with Technology: A Practical Guide for Teachers by Teachers and The Best of History Web Sites, Tom has presented on educational technology topics at national and international conferences, including ISTE (U.S.), ELMLE (Europe), and ICTLT (Asia). He has produced a series of online courses on Web 2.0 and iPad integration, as well as 21st century school leadership and classroom assessment. A former social studies teacher who instructed in a laptop classroom for seven years, Tom has been featured in the Boston Globe for his contributions to teaching with technology and invited to Singapore by the Ministry of Education as an “Outstanding Educator in Residence.” In addition to leading EdTechTeacher, Tom currently serves as President of the National Council of Social Studies Technology Committee and was a featured speaker at the 2010 NCSS Conference. Tom is also an advisor to Massachusetts Computer Users in Education (MassCUE), and the Massachusetts Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (MASCD), and serves as a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) project consultant. He is the creator of Best History Web Sites, an award-winning portal, and The Center for Teaching History with Technology, dedicated to helping K-12 history and social studies teachers effectively incorporate technology into their courses. Tom also created Teaching English with Technology, designed to guide K-12 English and Language Arts teachers in their use of technology in the classroom. A graduate of Princeton University and the University of Montreal, Tom has taught in Quebec, France, Switzerland, and the United States.
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The cost of this workshop is $695. Please note that our Eventbrite registration system uses PayPal as a payment gateway.
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The cost of this workshop is $695. To pay by check or purchase order, please send your completed registration form and payment to Ileen Matthews at email@example.com or 866-314-8214 (fax).
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Attention: Ileen Matthews
41 Kinsley Lane
Mendon, MA 01756
Please note: Space in our workshops is limited and they have sold-out in recent years. Spots are guaranteed on a first-paid, first-served basis, so please expedite payment as soon as possible.
Requests for cancellation must be submitted in writing to Ileen Matthews at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have to cancel, we will issue a refund (minus a $25 processing fee) until 21 days before your workshop. After that date, no refunds will be given.
Waiting List Policy
If the workshop is full, we'll put you on the waiting list, and let you know if a spot becomes available.
Professional Development Credits
We have received approval from Framingham State University (Massachusetts) to award 1 (one) graduate credit to participants at a cost of $75. To receive graduate credit participants must be in attendance for all onsite instruction and complete all assigned work. Once registered, participants will receive additional graduate credit details.
We can also award PDPs (Massachusetts) for attendance.
Directions & Travel
The workshops will be held in classrooms leased from Harvard Law School in Cambridge, MA - minutes from downtown Boston and near Logan Airport. You can reach the workshops by car or public transportation. It is a short walk from the Harvard Square T Stop (the subway), as well as along bus routes. The MBTA website has schedules and details.
If you have not experienced driving in Boston, know that it can be quite a challenge. Parking is limited and expensive - plan on approximately $27 per day in parking around Harvard.
We do also have a list of recommended accommodations in Cambridge.
If you have any questions, please contact us or call (888) 377-9518.