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1 Assessing 21 st Century Skills with Service-Learning as the Instructional Approach Shelley H. Billig, RMC Research Kay Davenport, Smyrna West Alternative School, TN Sally Broughton, Project Citizen, Bozeman, MT Stuart Kahl, Measured Progress JoAnn Henderson, ECS

2 Agenda Welcome and overview Service-learning and 21 st Century skills Common outcomes and measures Examples of promising practice Taking on the service-learning critics Pillars of success Ideas for performance measures Creating political will Q/A Wrap-up

3 Framing: What are 21 st Century Skills? Many definitions but most have the following in common: –Learning and innovation skills/inventive thinking –Effective communication –Digital-age literacy/technology skills –Productivity –Critical thinking/reasoning –Academic knowledge and skills –Contextual skills and awareness –Teamwork/collaboration

4 Sample Indicators (21stcenturyskills.org) Learning and Innovation –Uses a wide range of idea creation techniques (such as brainstorming) –Creates new and worthwhile ideas (both incremental and radical concepts) –Elaborates, refines, analyzes and evaluates own ideas to improve and maximize creative efforts

5 Sample indicators (21stcenturyskills.org) Works creatively with others –Develops, implements, and communicates new ideas to others effectively –Is open and responsive to new and diverse perspectives; incorporates group input and feedback into the work –Demonstrates originality and inventiveness in work and understands the real world limits to adopting new ideas –Views failure as an opportunity to learn; understands that creativity and innovation is a long-term, cyclical process of small successes and frequent mistakes

6 Sample indicators (21stcenturyskills.org) Critical thinking and problem solving –Reasons effectively using various types of reasoning appropriate to the situation (inductive, deductive, etc.) –Uses systems thinking, analyzing parts of the whole and their interactions –Makes judgments and decisions based on the best analysis and reflects critically on learning processes –Solves problems, including nonfamiliar problems, in conventional and non-conventional ways –Identifies and asks significant questions that clarify various points of view and lead to better solutions

7 Service-learning and 21 st Century Skills There is great promise in examining service-learning as an approach to helping students acquire 21 st Century skills ACTIVITY: –What is the difference between service- learning and community service? –How does service-learning relate to 21 st Century skill acquisition?

8 Common Outcomes of Service- Learning Prevalence Academic outcomes Civic outcomes Social-emotional learning outcomes Career-related outcomes Other links to 21 st Century skills

9 Examples from the Field: Smyrna West Alternative School Smyrna West offers an option to expulsion. The school serves grades 6-12, enrollment ranging from students. Students participate in a level system, a positive motivational system for behavioral improvement. Service-learning and a level system support SWA school goals and are used to make positive changes.

10 Service Learning at Smyrna West Service-learning methodology is implemented throughout the curricular Teachers are TN Highly Qualified and trained in Lions Quest: Skills In Action Service-learning has positive impact on student achievement, attitude, attendance, and civic efficacy Smyrna West works closely with community partners

11 Rotary Partnership The Rotary Club of Smyrna has adopted SWA. Students job shadow and interview Rotarians. Careers and community needs are discussed. Rotary meetings provide a platform to present service-learning projects.

12 Action Plan SWA Action Plan Date Started______Date Completed______ Need: Plan: Action: Who Will Do What -By When -Resources Needed Reflection/Comments:

13 SWA 2009 State Test Results

14 Smyrna West Alternative 2009 Read To Succeed School of the Year Click for Video and Rap

15 Commercia l

16 Service Learning Compilation

17 Examples from the Field Project Citizen

18 The Potential of Service-Learning If it is so good, why doesnt everyone implement it? –ACTIVITY –Debrief

19 The Need for New Measures Potential to raise student achievement significantly formative assessment 21st century skills For either of these to be effectively addressed, many big changes have to take place in our schools.

20 The Need for New Measures A little history – performance assessment authentic assessment of the 90s criticisms technical content-related

21 The Need for New Measures Must haves: close connection to content standards good measurement rigor with respect to both

22 The Need for New Measures Service learning is is a form of is part of project-based learning.

23 The Need for New Measures Some more (recent) history – Core Knowledge vs. 21st Century Skills

24 The Need for New Measures One Core Knowledge rep on project-based learning: … such methods … are difficult for teachers to put into place …. Theres a reason teachers have been taught for 75 years to do projects and they dont do them.

25 The Need for New Measures Another Core Knowledge rep: You dont want to waste a lot of time, particularly for disadvantaged kids, on teaching things they already know and omitting things they dont know.

26 The Need for New Measures Were creating another either/or situation in education, when we have to choose both – and not just the easiest one.

27 The Need for New Measures What a merger might look like: in the classroom in accountability testing

28 How to Create Political Will How do we create the political will to promote the idea that all schools should adopt service-learning and change their orientation to 21 st Century skills and their assessment? –Panel –Audience

29 Q and A Other questions/issues that you would like to discuss


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