- Series: Leading Edge (Book 5)
- Hardcover: 408 pages
- Publisher: Solution Tree; 1 edition (April 22, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1935249908
- ISBN-13: 978-1935249900
- Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.3 x 9.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 27 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #300,564 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
James Bellanca, MA, is founder and CEO of International Renewal Institute, Inc., and acting director of the Illinois Consortium for 21st Century Skills. He founded SkyLight Professional Development in 1982. As its president, he mentored more than twenty author-consultants as he led SkyLight in pioneering the use of strategic teaching in comprehensive professional development. Bellanca coauthored more than twenty books that advocated the application of thinking and cooperating across the curriculum with the theme not just for the test, but for a lifetime of learning. Currently, Bellanca is building on the theories of cognitive psychologist Reuven Feuerstein to develop more effective responses to the learning needs of students whose academic achievement continues to lag. A longtime proponent of teaching that is aligned with the advocated best practices of 21st century skills, Bellanca s most recent publications include Designing Professional Development for Change: A Guide for Improving Classroom Instruction; Enriched Learning Projects: A Practical Pathway to 21st Century Skills; Collaboration and Cooperation in 21st Century Schools; 200+ Active Learning Strategies and Projects for Engaging Students Multiple Intelligences; and A Guide to Graphic Organizers: Helping Students Organize and Process Content for Deeper Learning. Ron Brandt, Ed.D., was editor of publications for the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD), Alexandria, Virginia, for almost twenty years before his retirement in 1997. During his career at ASCD, he was best known as executive editor of Educational Leadership magazine. In the 1980s, he promoted the teaching of thinking in elementary and secondary schools, collaborating with Robert Marzano and a team of other educators in development of a book, Dimensions of Thinking, and a related teacher training program, Dimensions of Learning. He is also the author or editor of numerous other publications. Before joining the staff of ASCD, he was a teacher and principal in Racine, Wisconsin; director of staff development in Minneapolis, Minnesota; and for eight years was associate superintendent of the Lincoln Public Schools in Lincoln, Nebraska.
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This book does not suggest one road to implementation in schools today, nor is the intent to limit discussion only to the book's contents; rather it aims to give educational leaders and those who create policy food for thought. For thirty years my career has been focused on helping more students reach their potential through motivational and cognitive approaches to learning. Therefore, through the years my work has been informed by many of the fine educators who contributed to this book.
The first chapter by Howard Gardner is a great way to set the stage for a dialogue about 21st century education. In what I consider to be some of his best work, Gardner discusses five types of minds that students today need to develop: disciplined, synthesizing, creating, respectful, and ethical. To frame this discussion, it seems timely to consider respectful and ethical character development as essential to the future of our country and world. Gardner offers a human framework as the driving energy for education rather than a more limited approach (i.e., what technology should schools apply, how should we test, which curricula pass muster?) to nurture our national treasure, our youth.
Within a human framework, we can then begin to discuss implementation, or how we provide a 21st century education for all our youth. In Chapter 2 Linda Darling-Hammond makes the case for policy that supports effective teachers and leaders and provides opportunities for professional learning. Understanding that effective instruction (including leadership and policy support) has been found to be the most important factor for increasing student learning is central as leaders rethink education today.
Personally, I found Bob Pearlman's insights on designing new learning environments and Cheryl Lemke's work on innovating through technology to be novel and informative. Both authors discuss the importance of reaching youth today through the use of technology, a strength for many students. Lemke discusses technology as a means to further (1) multimodal learning and critical and creative thinking, (2) democratization of knowledge so that online learning activities are available to individuals and groups without regard to where they are located geographically, and (3) participatory learning through social networking systems already familiar to many youth today.
In Chapter 6, Bob Pearlman shares frameworks for designing modern schools that provide spaces for various aspects of learning, including individual and small and large group learning spaces rather than the usual teacher desk at the front of the room with rows of desks for students. Pearlman gives examples of models in the United States and England where communities have put a high priority on education and educators have thoughtfully designed schools around student learning in the 21st century. As the author puts it, the aim is an integration of form and function. I think this chapter is important not only because it addresses an interesting topic, but also because when we are discussing new buildings, it brings front and center the need for the community to support courageous educational leaders in the re-creation of schools.
I believe now is a critical time for educational change, just as it was when leaders in the mid-nineteenth century developed a system to educate the masses in a way that would be appropriate in the Industrial Age. Today, we are long past that era, and our youth, as well as our effective educators, need support of policy makers, leaders, and the local community. It is unfair to students and to all of us as the American taxpayers to settle for less. It is critical (1) that effective teachers and administrators have opportunities to share what has been found to work, (2) that educators have a chance to participate in cutting-edge professional learning that may include a variety of experiences, one of which might be learning how to teach with new technologies, and (3) that local community leaders work hand in hand with school leaders and policy makers to re-create our educational system.
In terms of Amazon's goal to reach both educators and others in the community who are supportive stakeholders in education, this book is a useful introduction to some ideas that can help inform those interested in using their influence, from inside or outside education, to support institutions for learning. The time is now. Our children and youth deserve the best, and with the predisposition that many millennials have to embrace key issues today and to use social networks, with the right educational and community experiences, they may be better equipped than any generation before them to make our world a better place!
Donna Wilson, Ph.D.
President, 21st Century Skills, LLC &
The world is changing. Employment opportunities are changing. Education needs to teach knowledge as it has done, but there is a general consensus emerging in that we need to better prepare young minds for an uncertain future. This sound tone rings similar vibes from experts like: Sir Ken (see his video on Ted Talks: creativity), David Perkin's a Harvard professor and author of many books (i.e. Smart Schools), and the 14 perspectives offered in this book.
Great read for educators and likeminded people thinking about the future, and in particular how the curriculum can better reach out into the future, better preparing the youth of today to deal with and be successful in this future: a future we don't really understand ourselves. I have also enjoyed 21st Century Skills: Learning for Life in Our Times.
I did 'not' like the wait for the book to arrive when ordered over the holidays; however, I knew it probably would delay in receiving (that was fine. I did receive the book).
Even though this was a 'used' book let's look at having delivery FREE of charge. I shopped on Ebay and seen the exact same book w/free delivery; however, was a slight higher (is why I ordered the book from you organization).
All for the now... Enjoy your day.