The Vision of the 21st Century Specialists: A culture of innovation and inspiration for all.
The Mission of the 21st Century Specialists: Innovative educators facilitating a shift in learning toward a global, collaborative environment and inspiring future generations to be critical and creative thinkers who persevere in an ever-changing world.
The role of 21st Century Specialists is to support staff and students in developing and refining the skills Dysart has identified as essential to the development of college and career ready graduates including communication, creativity, collaboration, and critical thinking. The primary services provided by these individuals include:
- Support training for innovative approaches to learning in classroom management, instructional practices, and online resources
- Facilitate development of curriculum, assessment and resource recommendations with associated training
- Develop and deliver professional development through in-person, online and blended formats
- Partner with school site continuous improvement plan goals
- Assist in creating strategies to address needs of all students
- Research progressive resources and technology tools to use in the classroom
- Apply and infuse 4Cs in curriculum, assessments, teaching and training for students and staff
Schools and departments can request to partner with the 21st Century Specialists and take advantage of their customized services to meet a specific campus need as identified in their CIP. To request a partnership, administrators can submit a partnership request using the link below.
21st Century Specialists Partnership Request
Sample partnership request
Partnership Request Rubric
21st Century Collaborative Network
BYOD at (Your School)
BYOD at (Your School) brought a systematic approach to implementing BYOD school-wide. This partnership worked directly with the New Century Learning (NCL) committee on campus and then the NCL committee brought the learning to the rest of the staff. This strategy was used so that instant leadership for this focus was created and could be sustained by this committee. The project consisted of policy and procedures, digital citizenship, participant created technology classroom management plans, technology tools and resources to promote the 4C's, community communication, a BYOD parent night, and utilizing Google Apps for Education.
The E in STEM
This partnership project focused on the engineering process within a STEM focus in the classroom for grades K-6. The participants used iPlan to find connections between cross curricular content to begin to create their over arching essential question. Teachers then worked through the engineering process to design and implement a 4th quarter STEM project which highlighted the same engineering process the teachers used to plan. The critical thinking rubric component information and discovery and student reflection were two pieces that were infused within this project.
Website: The E in STEM
Questioning and Discussion Strategies to Promote High Level Learning
This partnership increased teachers knowledge of questioning and discussion strategies. Campus teacher leaders planned and facilitated professional learning to support all staff to incorporate higher-level questions into their lesson plans and teaching. These questioning and discussion strategies are aligned with the Dysart Profile of a Graduate and the use of creativity, collaboration, critical thinking, and communication among staff and students.
Increasing Student Achievement Through Active Engagement
This partnership provided training on engagement and collaboration strategies for teachers who then shared their learnings within their department. This group of teacher leaders then provided additional training for all staff with feedback from 21st Century Specialists. Our team observed and provided feedback to second-semester participants.
Creating Collaborative Environments
The focus of this partnership was on building collaborative environments and shifting from teacher talk to student talk through collaboration and critical thinking. Teachers created a rubric that connected the Danielson Rubric to the critical thinking and collaboration rubrics that could be used to support these indicators in the classroom and create collaborative environments.
Website: Collaborative Environments
Math in Focus
The purpose of this partnership was to support teachers with the implementation of the delivery of instruction in Math in Focus. Critical components of this project were effective implementation of anchor tasks, concrete, pictorial and abstract progression, gradual release, bar modeling, growth mindset and online tools. Teacher observation and feedback were provided through out as well as lesson planning.
Website: Math in Focus
Implementing Performance Tasks
This project focuses on supporting teachers with implementing the fourth through eighth grade science performance tasks. In addition to components of the 4C's, this includes structures for argumentation and writing claims, evidence, and reasoning.
Middle School - 4C Implementation and Learning Walks
The purpose of this group is to focus on implementation of 4Cs within all content areas in middle school classrooms. This group regularly meets to receive professional development training with best practices and innovative strategies that support not only critical thinking, but collaboration, communication, and creativity. The team participates in group learning walks and debriefs to support improvement of practice, reflection, and idea generation. This project can be used or replicated with any grade level and supported on an individual campus or with several campuses.
Website: Middle School Cadre
Critical Thinking in Science
The purpose of this partnership was to build Science leadership at a campus through both professional development and coaching aimed at increasing student critical thinking through the district adopted science curriculum (FOSS) and state and national standards.