Next Generation Learning Today: The moving targets of youth development and adult learning in the 21st century

Youth Development in the 21st Century

How Students Thrive: Positive Youth Development in Practice, Springpoint
We tend to think of schools as places where students go to gain knowledge and skills. But schools are—first and foremost—places where young people form their identities and begin to see themselves as independent adults. Much like adults, young people learn best in environments that offer a balance of autonomy, support, and high expectations.

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Navigating Chaos: The new 21st century skill, Thom Markham/LinkedIn Pulse
Also, as educators, let there be no mistake: This conversation will be front and center for the next two decades or so. Business as usual, particularly the education business in its industrial form, is done. Events mandate that education speed up its transformation from a system of compliance to a problem solving enterprise. And, with the unsettling bone deep, teachers will need to do a deep dive and give students a lot more practice in preparation for global world 2.0. Our young people have been presented with a new set of operational truths, and we must respond by teaching them a new skill: Navigating chaos.

We All Should Have a Voice, Next Gen Learning Blog
In 21st century schools, students should be moving from simply expressing themselves, consulting with teachers, and participating in class to collaborative partnering and dialogue with others, activism, and leadership toward systemic change. For teachers, facilitating this type of problem solving in the classroom will better prepare our future citizens to lead as problem solvers and decision makers.

Rhode Island Announces Statewide K-12 Personalized Learning Push, Education Week
And in Rhode Island, at least, the next stage of the personalized-learning movement appears focused on helping traditional schools to evolve, rather than attempting to create entirely new school models from scratch. "What we're really interested in is the people who can't blow up the whole system," Culatta said. "What does personalized learning look like in schools that don't have new buildings, where there's no waivers out of state regulations, and where there are union teachers?"

Diving into Project-Based Learning, Next Gen Learning Blog
Project-based learning (PBL) is by no means a new instructional methodology, but it is certainly having a resurgence and for good reason: it marries the art of doing and inquiring with relevancy and performance, all of which requires students to apply and use their whole brains and spirits—a goal all educators and schools want.

Adult Learning

5 Next Gen Professional Learning Practices Used by Schools Today; An update from the Next Gen Professional Learning Project, Next Gen Learning Blog
Therefore, this month we conducted an exploratory survey and collected over 200 responses from educators representing individual schools (41%), school districts (39%), charter organizations (10%), and a number of other organizations (like state agencies, non-profits working with districts, and operators of school networks; 9%). As results come in, we want to share some early observations about the innovative professional learning practices used by participants.
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Filling the Adult Education Vacuum: Charters offer students over the age of 18 an alternative path to graduating high school, U.S. News & World Report
But school leaders quickly realized their results were positive for everyone but those 18-years old or older. In five years, not one of 152 over-age students graduated. Most of them were living independently, many had part-time jobs and nearly half had children. A regular high school just didn't fit into their lives, Bess says. Yet 100,000 people over 18 in the city hadn't finished high school, and they earned an average of $8,000 less per year than those who had. So Bess and his team decided to design schools for dropouts.

Leaders to Learn from, Education Week
This year, Education Week recognizes 14 bold and committed district leaders who demonstrate a powerful combination of tenacity and humility in bringing about systemwide change to benefit students and educators.

Opportunities for You to Learn

Request for Presentation Proposals is Open, iNACOL Symposium 2017
The iNACOL Program Committee will give priority to proposals that provide engaging and interactive learning opportunities, modeling personalized, competency-based and blended learning environments, drawing on participant experiences and promoting dialogue and exchange.

#buildempathy: Collaboration 10, The Teachers Guild
How might we build empathy for and across students so that we serve their diverse needs and better understand each other?

Shadow a Student Challenge, School Retool
The Shadow a Student Challenge is a fun, illuminating, and supportive journey where school leaders come together to empathize with their students and take new kinds of action at their school. Our free toolkit supports you through all four steps: Prep, Shadow, Reflect and Act.

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