Presentation on theme: "International Center Resource Kit"— Presentation transcript:
1International Center Resource Kit Personal Skill Development in Grades 6 – 12:Enhancing Learning for 21st CenturySuccess
2International Center’s Four Learning Criteria 1. Core Academic Learning2. Stretch Learning3. Student EngagementNew Training Kit:4. Personal Skill DevelopmentMeasures of personal, social, service, and leadership skillsDemonstrations of positive behaviors and attitudes.
3Resource Kit: Table of Contents 1: Necessary Personal Skills in a Changing World2: Character-Centered Learning Chapter3: Soft Skills for Success in School and in the Workplace4: Communication Skills for the Workplace5: Group Communication Skills 6: Self-Management Skills for Success in Life and Work 7: Problem Solving and Decision Making Skills8: Training Students in Leadership Skills9: Skills for Civic and Financial LiteracyAppendix A & B –Descriptions of Successful Programs & Handouts
4Sample Data Indicators of Personal Skill Development Participation in service learningStudents holding leadership positions in clubs or sportsAssessment of time management, ability to plan and organize workLeadership and/or follower-shipRespect for diversityConflict resolution--Reduction in number of student incidences of conflictWork as a member of a team
5Global Workplace Environment Workers must demonstrate:strong communication skillsflexibilityorganizational skillsrespectpositive attitude.
6U. S. Department of Labor Necessary Personal Qualities: ResponsibilitySelf-esteemSociabilitySelf-managementIntegrityInterpersonal SkillsParticipates as a Member of the TeamTeaches OthersServes Clients / CustomersExercises LeadershipNegotiatesComfortable with Cultural Diversity
7Think About These Skills: Who teaches young people these skills?How do the students in your school demonstrate these important personal skills?How can we incorporate these skills into the curriculum?
8Don’t You Wish the Clerk at the Store Had These Skills? Teamwork and collaborationSelf-motivation and initiativeWork ethic including dependabilityCritical thinking and creativityFlexibility and adaptabilityLeadership and Interpersonal skillsOrganization skillsProblem-solving skillsMulticultural skillsTime management skills
9550 Employers in Virginia Say: Math, reading, writing, and speaking should be paired with decision making and problem solving.Workers should take the job seriously, have a positive attitude, and demonstrate responsibility, reliability, and flexibility.The primary responsibility lies in the education system, K-12.Three-fourths believe schools should prepare future workers with both the basic skills and the applied personal skills they need for success.
10300 Research Studies Say:When students learn to communicate effectively, respect others, accept responsibility, resolve problems, analyze, evaluate, and work on teams, their academic achievement improves.Plus 10 percentile points and more on standard achievement tests.Improved attendanceBetter classroom behaviorsFar fewer discipline referrals
11Where to Start? Character Education Guiding Principles Intrapersonal DomainResponsibilityContemplationInitiativePerseveranceOptimismCourageInterpersonal DomainRespectCompassionAdaptabilityHonestyTrustworthinessLoyalty
12Character Education Partnership Partner with community groups, parents, administrators, local leaders, and others.Must be deliberate and intentionalMust be incorporated into all aspects of school lifeMust be stressed in students’ and adults’ interpersonal relationships
13The Partnership for 21st Century Skills Schools should move from traditional learning in school to out of school experiences.Apply course content to real-world problems and practice working together in groupsPlace students in a situation where they must interact as if they are employees of a company.
14Writing for the Workplace Perform at the high level of proficiency demanded in the workplace.Professionalism in writing means:Businesses cannot send materials to customers with mistakes in sentence construction, grammar or spelling.
15Students as Managers Give students managerial roles to: experience the workplace through the eyes of employers.practice leadership and organizational skills.analyze a situation, determine solutions to a problem, assist others, and view the big picture.
16Project-Based Learning: Solve Community Problems Lack of student parking at the schoolRecycling program for the areaNeed for an animal shelter in the areaAssistance for the elderly: yard clean-up, errands.Recreational facilities for youth, senior citizensTutoring programs for younger studentsAffordable day care center for young families.Student health clinics; youth employment centersLiteracy programs for adults, immigrantsNeed for an EMT unit in town
17Connections to Curriculum: Language Arts Example Beowulf– Legendary Dragon-Slayer, kills Grendel who has terrorized the communityGroups of students: what community problems are causing conflict? Where do we need dragon-slayers?Read newspapers, attend City Council, County Commission, or Department of Transportation open meetingsInterview elected officials or community leaders
18Beowulf Lesson Plan In groups Brainstorm the problem, cite the opinions of all entities involved, determine what solution will satisfy all parties.Write an action plan that presents their solution and includes a timeline, approximate costs, sources of funding, and other detail.Present the plan to an appropriate audience.
19Example: Social Studies Dust Bowl Period in American HistoryGather data on the cost of supporting a family of four for one month in their area of the state.Research salaries and costs of housing, groceries, child care, transportation, utilities, insurance, clothing
20Dust BowlDesign a 6-panel informational brochure outlining these costs for young families moving into the area.Deliver the brochures to appropriate agencies in the community.Prepare a panel presentation on the data and their findings.
23Integration: Health and Art Classes Research the use of art as therapy for Alzheimer’s, post traumatic stress disorder, mental illness, and other diseases.Groups develop a plan for implementing art therapy for patients in conjunction with the school’s art department.Write a proposal that includes the feasibility of the program, an outline of activities, a timeline, costs and materials, etc.
24Science– Group Project Unit on protecting the environment:Small groups research a specific environmental problem affecting the local region.Develop a solution.Design a marketing plan to enlist the public to participate. (TV script, pamphlet, flyer, radio ads, opinion editorials.)Groups perform or present one element of their plan.
25Mathematics Unit on Measurement: Groups research prices in the area to rent or purchase different types of dwellings (homes, condos, apartments.Calculate the price per square foot.Prepare a cost comparison sheet on different options for housing in the area.Write a newspaper article on the topic. Include interviews with realtors, builders, buyers, renters.
26Professional Writing Examples Create a city-wide program and write an action plan for...Design a brochureDesign a performance review formPrepare a persuasive oral presentation with visualsWrite a corporate philosophyWrite an employee handbook section with guidelines on...Design and conduct a surveyPrepare a multimedia presentationWrite an observation reportWrite customer service guidelinesConduct interviews of community leaders and write a...Write a feature article for the local paperDesign a newsletterDesign a calendar using art work that represents...Design an employee or student handbookPlan a community-wide clean-up day
27How to Integrate Personal Skills? Choose a concept you teach: Ask:How is this concept applied outside the classroom?What personal skills do you want to embed?How will you re-design the lesson? What activities, outcomes?What products will students develop? How will they present them?
28The Bottom Line Research on Group Projects: Student achievement and attitude toward the subject improves when they work together in heterogeneous groups.Greater acceptance of peers = fewer discipline referralsStudents practice and learn skills:goal settingplanning their timeeffective follow-throughcompleting tasks efficiently.(Slavin, 1995)
29Employers Expect Leadership Schools should involve more students in activities that expect them to lead as chairs of committees.Schools need to develop materials to give students opportunities to practice leadership skills.Students need more activities and experiences in group achievement and productivity.(Carter and Spotanski).
30Ways to Train Students in Leadership Involve Students in:Service LearningCivic Literacy ProjectsFinancial Literacy Projects
31Benefits of Service Learning Increased personal and social responsibility.Self-awareness and self-esteemFewer behavioral problemsMore trusting and reliable attitudes; greater empathyHigher grades on state tests of basic skillsImproved grade point averagesBetter school attendance rates
32NAEP 2006 Test in Civics Tests students’ knowledge: Civic life, politics, and governmentFoundations of the American political systemThe constitutional government– democracy’s purposes, values, and principlesThe relationship of the U.S. to other nationsRoles of citizens in American democracy
33The Nation’s Civics Report Card Results of NAEP 2006 Test in Civics8th Grade70 percent Basic22 percent Proficient2 percent Advanced12th Grade66 percent Basic27 percent Proficient5 percent Advanced
34The National Conference of State Legislatures: 2003 Survey Students who have participated in civic education are 2-3 times more likely:-to vote-to contact their leaders-to be concerned about issues-to follow the workings of the government.
35Planning Civic Literacy Training --Determine when and how long students will study civics--Cannot be a one-shot effort--Should start in elementary school and be progressive.--Should be integrated into the whole-school curriculum.
36Financial Literacy: Five Financial Tasks of Youth Select and train for a careerMaintain a good credit recordDevelop a personal financial planConsider insurance protectionStart savings and investment programsEastern Michigan University
37Importance of Financial Literacy Visa’s Poll of Parents:Personal money management is second onlyto writing as their children become adults.
38Five Standards in Financial Literacy Financial Responsibility and Decision MakingIncome and CareersCredit and DebtRisk Management and InsuranceSaving and Investing
39Free or Low-Cost Financial Literacy Programs Family Economics and Financial EducationNational Endowment for Financial Education High School Financial Planning ProgramHands-On Banking -- (Wells Fargo)EconEdLink -- (Verizon)Practical Money Skills for Life -- (Visa)Financial Fitness for Life --(Bank of America)
40It’s Up to All of Us Who teaches young people these skills? How do the students in your school demonstrate these important personal skills?How can we incorporate these skills into the curriculum?