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Town Hall Themes: Your Responses

transforming elementary education: an evening with sir ken robinson

 

B A C K G R O U N D

In an effort to be as responsive as possible to the pressing concerns of participants, we invited all registered participants to submit topics for the ‘town hall’ portion of the program following Sir Ken Robinson’s formal remarks. We received dozens of compelling and intriguing submissions. A jury of eight colleagues reviewed the submissions — bearing in mind the evening’s themes, making an effort to identify patterns, and sharing a desire to include as many participants’ submissions as possible. We realized we would have limited time, so we also met to prioritize those questions on the basis of relevance and recurrence. We collected 30 of the most compelling submissions into 12 themes, a number of which Sir Ken thoughtfully and helpfully explored during the program (all of which can be downloaded as a .pdf here: c f e e | TOWN HALL THEMES). Our apologies if your submission could not be included for discussion owing to our time constraints.

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We are also eager to review and to share your responses to each of the ‘Town Hall’ themes we compiled. Please select a link below to read more about each theme, and to respond to any of these 12 questions that all of us will understand as vital to our continuing transformation of elementary education in our schools.

Share your experience of successful efforts, your hoped-for goals in the weeks and months to come, or your familiarity with colleagues’ innovative practices, that may help to inspire other educators:

 

1 | Parents as Partners in the 21st Century
How do you recommend recruiting parents to partner with schools?

2 | Transforming Assessment
Rather than carry that point further and, perhaps, to beat a dead horse, would you comment on any alternative or correlative assessment practices or assessment tools you believe to offer promise moving forward?

3 | Elementary School v. Secondary/Post-Secondary
How do we best prepare our elementary students for their futures, while ensuring they will continue to flourish in their continuing education during these intervening years of change? And how can we help secondary schools and their teachers to change their practices? And if you care to take it on, how can we have a meaningful impact, or provide a meaningful service, to colleges and their faculties whose model has arguably changed least of all?

4 | Transformative Models for Curriculum & Instruction
Whether it’s the Steiner model, challenge based learning, blended learning, flipped teaching or reverse instruction, or project based learning, would you please discuss any specific models of curriculum and instruction you believe would best serve our students?

5 | Minding the Gap
What do you think about the achievement gap and how we can close it?

6 | Global Citizens
What do you think are some of the best approaches in helping young children view differences more positively, as assets both within their own learning communities, and with their peers outside their school communities? Is this perhaps an important dimension of their developing creativity?

7 | Integrating Creativity at Scale
Do you have any suggestions about how to infuse creativity throughout a public school system, as opposed to a class or a pilot project here and there?

8 | Outdoor, Experiential, and Environmental Education
Could you discuss more specifically your thoughts about outdoor, environmental, or experiential education?

9 | First Things First
What are your first suggested action steps to initiate significant institutional change?

10 | Special Education in the 21st Century
What are your thoughts about the implications of transformative change in 21st century schools for students with learning differences or special needs?

11 | Accentuate the Positive, Eliminate the Negative
Could you comment on our helping to identify, to encourage, and to cultivate students’ strengths and passions?

12 | Music Education in the 21st Century
Do you have any further thoughts on the importance of music education in elementary schools in the 21st century?

 

 

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