Today, in this the "Digital Age", in this the "Information Age", in this the "Mobile Era", in this the "Era of Just-in-Time-Learning", schools need to rethink teaching and learning in order to reach all students. Today, according to experts, kids are "wired" digitally. Kids today go home and use their X-Box and their laptops and their mobile devices and are continuously engaged by these devices with the ability to learn constantly, and then report to school for a day spent viewing a static text book and fill out work sheets. What was good enough for you and I is no longer the case. Kids today will not have the same opportunities to earn a good living with an average level of education. Factory jobs with pensions are rapidly disappearing. Kids today must achieve a level of complex, high-order thinking skills, must be adaptable, flexible and must be able to use technology in everyday usage on the job. Schools today must move away from the "mile-wide/inch-deep" curriculum's with students "knowing" to the new teaching and learning strategies covered in the common-core standards. Teachers need to reach every student. In order for this to happen, we need to move away from "schooling" and teach "learning", and use different teaching and learning strategies in the classroom.
The paragraph above is just scratching the surface on what changes are needed and what are coming and the reasons for these changes. This section of our school's web site will be dedicated to posting information regarding these changes that are occurring and will touch on what to expect in the future. The intention of this section of our site is to inform the public and everyone else involved as to the reasons our District makes certain decisions, and implements or adopts certain curricula or makes changes in scheduling, course offerings, technology choices, staffing changes and more as a way to foster these reform ideas spreading across the nation. And finally, this section of the web site is to provide a warehouse of resource links to information on the education reforms occurring, commentary by educational experts, State mandated policies, Wisconsin's Educator Effectiveness System, and the Smarter Balanced Assessment System for student testing.
In the coming months and years new changes will be imposed on schools across this country. Beginning in the 2014-2015 school year all student testing will be online using computers and digital tablets. In that same school year all schools in Wisconsin will be using the new Educator Effectiveness System. Currently there is a call for all schools to adopt digital text books by 2017. And in the years leading up to this point, most schools will be adopting 1:1 technology programs, and shifting towards online tools.
We hope this site becomes a useful instructional tool for all by covering many of the changes and reforms coming to education.