Designing the 21st Century Classroom
|Event Date/Time: Jun 06, 2003|
21st Century Schools presents . . .
Designing the 21st Century Classroom - a two-day Professional
Development Experience from our Summer in the City Series!
Education in the New Millennium
live, learn and play
in a media-saturated society, in a world of “infotainment” and
spectacle. For many students the curriculum is not relevant, and they
become disengaged from learning.
Rapid developments in technology
have brought many exciting changes to life in the new millennium,
presenting new challenges for schools. Multiple new literacies are
required to navigate the “forest of signs and symbols” of our
globalized media culture. (Douglas Kellner,
Globalization and immigration have
created a society of increased diversity. Old and new social issues demand
an informed, concerned and empowered citizenry. Standardized testing
mania has made meaningful curriculum an endangered species.
Century Schools is an
Austin, Texas based educational consulting firm specializing in
professional staff development and curriculum design. 21st Century Schools
presents a critical approach to curriculum, instruction and assessment.
Learn how you can meet the needs of students, bring your classroom into
the 21st century, exceed the standards and maintain a meaningful and
In addition to on-site consulting
for your campus, we organize single & multi-district educational
conferences, and we offer thematic regional workshops throughout the year.
Summer in the
We have selected cities rich in
early American history for this summer series! Explore places you don’t
have time to visit during the school year, and return to school in the
fall with treasures of history. Please join us for our Summer in the City
series as we present Designing
the 21st Century Classroom—a
two-day professional development experience!
Cities this year include Shreveport,
New Orleans, Boston, New York City, Washington, DC, Philadelphia and
“Whole Teacher” We take
pride in our goal to meet the needs of the “whole teacher”. We believe
that professional staff development should be not only a time of learning,
but of renewal. Efforts are made to hold workshops at locations offering
opportunities to visit historical sites, explore exciting cities, visit
theme parks with the family, relax in the quiet beauty of a wilderness
retreat or enjoy the grandeur of a gothic mansion; we seek out the most
unique and luxurious venues. Our workshops are much more than a rushed
event at a generic hotel —they are an experience!
and crew member of the John J. Harvey fireboat!
and Heroism - As a
current event that created abrupt, significant and ongoing changes in our
world, an event of living history, the chance to meet and talk with fire
and police department members who were at the WTC on September 11 is an
opportunity to not only create new meanings, but to experience this major
historical event on a personal level. We meet history face-to-face.
Educators can then translate this new knowledge into development of
meaningful classroom experiences for their students. See our web site for
ways to address 9-11 in the classroom on multiple levels.
Members of the New York City Fire
and Police Departments who were at the WTC on 9-1l will attend both New
York workshops to share their experiences and thoughts with you. We will
also offer a slightly later starting time one day to allow you the
opportunity to visit Ground Zero.
Meet living history face-to-face in
New York City. Please visit our web site for additional information, and
join us in making history in New York!
Designing the 21st Century Classroom - about the workshop . . .
& Multiple Literacies
With the rapid changes in our
society due to developments in technology, we are presented with
challenges and opportunities to acquire and use new skills and literacies.
From our media-saturated culture to the Internet, to new social issues,
students and teachers can experience exciting new ways to learn and teach
using the multiple literacies and multiple forms of media and technologies
Discover how to engage students by
implementing curriculum and instruction through multiple forms of media as
students learn media analysis, critique and production.
Engaged in Learning
In addition to new skills required
for life in the 21st century, many schools are facing the challenge of
students’ lack of engagement in learning . Connect the curriculum to the
world, and it becomes meaningful.
Watch students become engaged in
learning again when you design and deliver that curriculum through local,
national and global community connections in the classroom of the 21st
Raise Test Scores
Endless drills and worksheets are
not the answer. You do not have to abandon relevant and motivating
curriculum to devote time to test prepping. In fact, research indicates
higher test scores when curriculum is integrated and meaningful. Watch
test scores rise when students are engaged in authentic learning.
Buy that plane
ticket and join us in the
city this summer for two days of exciting professional development in the
lap of luxury! Register today!
Have fun and work hard as you
experience learning the same way your students will; participate in a
variety of groups while learning classroom strategies experientially; gain
new perspectives as you collaborate with other educators; design authentic
assessments for individual, small group and whole group learning.
Develop a unit designed for your
classroom reflecting the goals, needs and interests of your students,
campus and community. Analyze and apply current educational research and
best practices in education as you design your 21st century classroom.
What You’ll Learn
interdisciplinary, thematic, project-based, research-oriented unit
Authentic Assessment Design -
design and use of rubrics and performance based assessments
Aligning to and exceeding state
and national standards
Multiple Literacies needed for
living and learning in the 21st century
Strategies to develop
Self-Directed, Independent and Interdependent Student Learning
How to take your classroom Global
- use the Internet to create collaborative projects and conduct
authentic research, nationally and internationally.
Student Motivation — connecting
to community - local, national and global
Classroom Organization and
Addressing Diversity and Social
Issues— the “Isms” - Racism, Classism, Sexism, anti-Semitism and
religious oppression, Linguicism, Ableism, Ageism
Media Literacies— learn how to
use multiple forms of media to motivate students, implement the
curriculum and for assessment as students learn Media Analysis, Media
Critique and Media Production skills!
You’ll Take With You !
I. 21st century project-based unit
that you have designed for your classroom
II. Certificate for Professional
III. Designing the 21st Century
Classroom, a toolkit containing all this and more:
Yearly Curriculum Planning Guide
Sample Units—various themes and
Themes Bank - jump-start your
curriculum planning with this bank of possible themes
Classroom Strategies - from
physical room arrangements to student grouping and activities
Guide to the Global Classroom
Unit and Lesson Design Tools
Media Literacy - Ideas &
Authentic Assessment Tools
Multiple Intelligences Inventories
& Lesson Ideas
Current research & best
practices in education
Schedule Now for 2003-2004
Now is the time to reserve your
dates for planned professional staff development at your campus or
district. We can bring you one of our workshops, or we can work with you
to develop a unique professional development plan tailored to the needs
and goals of your district and community. Call Anne Shaw, Director of 21st
Century Schools, to discuss your needs for the upcoming school year and to
reserve your preferred dates. See our web site for additional information.
Call 512-837-7026 or email
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Please complete the registration
form online, or fax or mail it to 21st Century Schools at the address
below. You may also register online. Payment in full is due by the date of
Be sure to visit our web site to find information on the
hotel where the workshop is being held and to obtain schedule details. You
will also find information on things to see and do in each city.
Register Early and Save - fully paid registrations
received six weeks prior to the workshop receive a $20 discount.
Registration accepted on a full-payment, first-come,
first-served basis only. Confirmation mailed 48 hours after receipt of
registration. Refer to our web site for complete registration information,
including terms, registration deadlines, online and credit card
21st Century Schools
12349 Metric Blvd., #913
Austin, Texas 78758