With the school year starting anew, it’s time to refresh our knowledge on K-12 education strategic thinking. School librarians and teachers are mostly aware of these changes and working through the adaptations. It’s a good idea for public libraries to keep aware of the changes as you support homework and and home study. I have found ths website useful (there are a lot more but this is a good pace to start).
The Framework presents a holistic view of 21st century teaching and learning that combines a discrete focus on 21st century student outcomes (a blending of specific skills, content knowledge, expertise and literacies) with innovative support systems to help students master the multi-dimensional abilities required of them in the 21st century.
The key elements of 21st century learning are represented in the graphic and descriptions below. The graphic represents both 21st century skills student outcomes (as represented by the arches of the rainbow) and 21st century skills support systems (as represented by the pools at the bottom). ”
It’s very hard to keep with changes in educational theory, practice and thinking but this site does a good job in covering some of the latest advances and plans. Not every state or district is adopting the 21C approach but it has been very influential in recent years.
Some public libraries might want to consider in-service sessions in partnership with their local school boards to ensure that their reference activities and program straetgies and aligned with board strategies and student success and goals. It is a great partnership opportunity. Understanding education today can start with sharing and conversations.