For educational leaders—superintendents, assistant superintendents, district leaders, principals, assistant principals, teacher leaders, and other school leaders.
Also useful in K-12 professional development teacher education classes.
Educational leaders get a 7-Steps blueprint to move their schools and districts forward in the quest to prepare students for the challenges of the 21st century. The book inspires the leading teaching and learning of critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and creativity.
Here’s valuable support for educational leaders faced with the challenges of implementing the 4Cs—critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and creativity—into their education systems. Based on the premise that no school or district is doing real 21st century education work without a strong leader, the authors focus on creating an implementation-oriented resource for education leaders at all stages of implementation, from early through advanced. It describes clearly what to do once a school or district adopts the 4Cs:
Step 1: Adopt your vision: Use the 4C’s and more.
Step 2: Create a community consensus around the 4C’s.
Step 3: Align your system with the 4C’s.
Step 4: Use the 4C’s to build professional capacity around the 4C’s.
Step 5: Embed the 4C’s into curriculum and assessment.
Step 6: Use the 4C’s to support teachers.
Step 7: Improve and innovate: Create a 4C’s organization.
Each chapter covers the steps, raises key questions, and poses opportunities for reflection.
Table of Contents
Step 1: Adopt Your Vision and Lead
8 Perspectives on 21st Century Life
Where to Start: The 4Cs
What to Add: Beyond the 4Cs
Coming to Closure
A Broader Vision for Teaching and Leadership
Step 2: Create a Community Consensus around the 4Cs
Use the 4Cs to Lead
Communicate the Importance of the 4Cs
Collaborate around the 4Cs
Step 3: Align Your System with the 4Cs
Alignment: Bringing the Work to Scale
What is 4Cs Alignment?
What Does Alignment Look Like? A Snapshot from Virginia Beach City Public Schools
How to Get Started: Using the MILE Guide Conclusion
Step 4: Build Professional Capacity
The 4Cs as the Design Principles for Professional Development
The 4Cs as the Focus of Professional Development
The Resources for Professional Development
Step 5: Embed the 4Cs in Curricula and Assessments
What is 4Cs Curricula?
Understanding by Design (UbD) and 4Cs Curricula
4Cs Curricula Actions Steps
4Cs and Assessment
The Good News about Assessment
Assessment Action Steps
What’s on the Horizon?
Step 6: Use the 4Cs to Engage and Support Teachers
Focus on Student Work
Prioritize 4Cs Pedagogies
Strenghten the 4Cs Learning Environment
Step 7: Improve and Innovate
Introduction: Creating a “Step 7” Organization
Create a Culture that Supports Continuous Improvement
Focus Your Continuous Improvement on 4Cs Teaching and Learning
Expand Your 4Cs Continuous Improvement Strategy to Other Key Parts of Your Organization
Reflections on Continuous Improvement
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$20.99 | ISBN-13: 978-0-13-211881-1