A Guide to Becoming a School of the Future by National Association of Independent Schools has many highlights, but I really enjoyed the eight commonalities that exist among schools that are successfully delivering a 21st century education.
The schools are academically demanding.
Project-based learning, as an integral part of the school’s program, is woven throughout all grade levels and disciplines.
Classrooms extend beyond the school walls, actively engaging students in the world around them.
Digital technologies and a global perspective infuse all aspects of the curriculum.
Vibrant arts programs help promote creativity, self-expression, self-discipline, and flexibility.
The adults are actively engaged with one another and with the students in a process of continuous learning.
A culture of engagement and support invites participation, innovation, and a“growth mindset” on the part of teachers and students.
Transformational leadership challenges the status quo, draws out the issues, navigates through conflict, and mobilizes people and resources to do the adaptive work necessary to create and sustain effective change.