Resources

We know you are busy so we’ve done some of your homework for you!  Here's your guide to information that can assist you in transforming or improving your classroom.

 

21st Century Education - Describes economic change and challenges for the 21st century workforce.

21st Century Skills  - The Framework presents a holistic view of 21st century teaching and learning that combines a discrete focus on 21st century student outcomes (a blending of specific skills, content knowledge, expertise and literacies) with innovative support systems to help students master the multi-dimensional abilities required of them in the 21st century.

2005 Skills Gap Report  - A Survey of the American Manufacturing Workforce report, based on a survey conducted for NAM, a trade association representing America's manufacturers, finds that over 80 percent of the 800 surveyed employers are experiencing difficulties hiring qualified workers. Another half of employers are dissatisfied with the skills of their current employees. Finding that employers believe these shortages directly impact their ability to meet customer needs, this report stresses the importance of science and math instruction at all levels of education, lifelong learning and training, measurable and more rigorous K-12 standards, and public-private partnerships that encourage education and workforce trend awareness.

Are They Really Ready To Work? - Employers’ Perspectives on the Basic Knowledge and Applied Skills of New Entrants to the 21st Century U.S. Workforce.  In collaboration, The Conference Board, Corporate Voices for Working Families, The Partnership for 21st Century Skills, and The Society for Human Resource Management conducted an in-depth study of the corporate perspective on the readiness of new entrants into the U.S. workforce by level of educational attainment. The study includes results from both an in-depth survey conducted during April and May 2006 and interviews with a sampling of a dozen HR and other senior executives.

Bloom’s Taxonomy  - a classification of learning objectives within education proposed in 1956 by a committee of educators chaired by Benjamin Bloom who also edited the first volume of the standard text, Taxonomy of educational objectives: the classification of educational goals. It refers to a classification of the different objectives that educators set for students (learning objectives). Bloom's Taxonomy divides educational objectives into three "domains": Cognitive, Affective, and Psychomotor (sometimes loosely described asknowing/headfeeling/heart and doing/hands respectively). Within the domains, learning at the higher levels is dependent on having attained prerequisite knowledge and skills at lower levels.  A goal of Bloom's Taxonomy is to motivate educators to focus on all three domains, creating a more holistic form of education.

Classroom Instruction that Works - Research Based Strategies for Increasing Student Achievement.  Nine categories of instructional strategies and relevant classroom practices are presented for active learning. 

Common Core Standards  - The Common Core State Standards provide a consistent, clear understanding of what students are expected to learn, so teachers and parents know what they need to do to help them. The standards are designed to be robust and relevant to the real world, reflecting the knowledge and skills that our young people need for success in college and careers. With American students fully prepared for the future, our communities will be best positioned to compete successfully in the global economy.

Creative Learning Exchange - Offers downloadable materials and simulations for teachers and business leaders.

Critical Thinking - Teaching strategies for remodeling lesson plans to support critical thinking in students.

Critical Thinking  - Develop critical thinking through web research.

Critical Thinking  - Resources and research to support the efforts of improving critical thinking in the classroom.

First Lego League/Jr. Robotics - Competition for kids, with research on the benefits of the program in STEM areas; called Sports for the Mind; younger kids use Legos to build cities, older kids build robotic projects using Lego Mindstorm.

Free downloads to Classroom Instruction that Works - Marzano Summary

Future City - An engineering competition where teams work together to build a computer simulation of their city as well as a physical model that has moving parts.  Parents are typically the team leaders who help the students through the project.  Designed for middle school kids.

Setting the Record STRAIGHT on “High-Yield” Strategies - Many school and districts are encouraging - and often requiring - teachers to use nine strategies identified in Classroom Instruction That Works by Robert Marzano, Deborah Pikcering and Jane Pollock.  But teaching is a complex endeavor with many components.  Marzano writes that schools and districts that overemphasize the nine strategies are making three mistakes.  He presents a broader set of strategies related to instruction, management, and assessment and demonstrates how those can be used to broaden and deepen instruction that leads to improved student learning.

Skill Gaps:  The Ill Prepared Workforce  - Summarization of web-based survey results determining the nature and extent of the workforce skill gaps in the St. Louis, MO region.

The Ill-Prepared U.S. Workforce : Exploring the Challenges of Employer-Provided Workforce Readiness Training Much has been written about the “school-business disconnect”: the gap between what schools teach versus what business needs to be competitive in a global knowledge-based economy. CEOs say workforce talent is a major issue in global competitiveness.  Employers do not view themselves as primarily responsible for new entrants’ readiness; and instead look to the educational community.  This report takes a look at  the data collected regarding the workforce gap and potential solutions.

Waters Foundation - Offers specific workshops for teachers and administrators, with practical tools to use in the classroom, curriculum documents, simulations and lesson plans.