A 21st Century Learning Plan for a Student-Centered, 21st Century School District
NVUSD is developing a vision for district transformation that will result in: 1) a set of district-wide learning outcomes that prepare students to be active and successful communicators, collaborators, and critical thinkers; 2) assessment tools that align vertically from elementary through high school to measure mastery of those outcomes; and 3) technology-rich classrooms that engage students in relevant and rigorous inquiries.
By 2015, all NVUSD students will:
● Experience a guaranteed and viable curriculum delivered through engaging, standards-based problems and projects.
● Track their progress in content standards as well as the “3Cs” (critical thinking, collaboration, and communication), and demonstrate mastery of them upon graduation.
● Bring – or be provided with - personal mobile devices (laptops, netbooks, tablets, handhelds) that permit technology-infused learning opportunities.
To achieve this goal, NVUSD will:
1. Roll out a strategically designed phase-in of this plan to all NVUSD campuses over four years.
2. Train site administrators to lead and monitor effective implementation of this plan on their campuses.
3. Develop a steering committee to align key stakeholders around a single vision; and to ensure the district vision and plan are well-communicated, aligned, monitored, and implemented.
4. Provide appropriate technology infrastructure, reliable wireless capability, and robust networks at all campuses.
5. Utilize McPherson Elementary and New Technology High School as anchor professional-development sites for curricular demonstration and dissemination.
6. Create a K-12 alignment model in American Canyon, and use the lessons learned and tools created in this structure to roll out to other district schools effectively and efficiently.
7. Focus appropriate resources on the initial American Canyon K-12 model as the proof-point that will increase interest and ownership by other district teams.
8. Provide implementing teachers with embedded professional development in project-based learning and technology – with special emphasis on ongoing, sustainable coaching models and site capacity building.
9. Develop a set of tools, exemplars, resources, and rubrics that support teachers and students in mastering and measuring progress in core content standards, communication, collaboration, and critical thinking.
10. Embed proven instructional practices into all coaching, professional development, and materials that specifically target closing the achievement gap.
11. Develop and implement a rigorous system of qualitative and quantitative data collection and analysis tied to frequent review and adjustment protocols.
12. Leverage the expertise and support of external partners: New Tech Network, Buck Institute, and Napa Learns.
A detailed explanation of timeline, actions, and costs is provided at: www.nvusd.k12.ca.us/NVUSD2015