21st century literacy Essential Questions and Enduring Understandings

HABITS of MIND/ THROUGH LINES/APPROACHES TO LEARNING: Metacognitive, confident, reflective, innovative, creative, flexible (roles, approach, thinking), tenacious, efficient, collaborative, holistic, empathic, tolerant, inquisitive, open-minded,

How do I find and use information to construct meaning and solve problems?

How do I effectively communicate?

How do I responsibly use information and communication to positively contribute to my world?

Students will begin to understand:

  1. The necessity, values, and methods of reflecting throughout the process.
  2. Why and how to effectively search for, evaluate, select, analyze, interpret, and synthesize appropriate information to problem solve.
  3. Bias influences the creation and interpretation of information.
  4. People use their prior knowledge to learn how to build new understandings and deal with any new technologies. 

Students will begin to understand

  1. Purpose and audience for communication determine the appropriate media choice.
  2. Design and layout impact the quality and effectiveness of communications.
  3. People reflect on, organize, analyze, interpret, and synthesize information in order to effectively communicate and create ideas.

Students will begin to understand

  1. Communication networks are powerful mediums to spread positive change or to negatively impact others.
  2. People use information and communication tools to learn from each other , innovate and collaboratively problem solve.

3. Communication behaviors and actions impact the access and safety of users.

4. Everyone is biased and that bias is based on each person’s life experiences.


Effective Learners

Effective Communicators/creators

Effective (Global) Collaborators

NEXT STEPS and Implementation Framework


Agreement, staff buy-in to the essential questions and enduring understandings.

Professional Development Common understanding of this framework (enduring understandings) - How to we get everyone on the same page.

How to embed this framework in the curriculum - How do we get it to invisibly run along side how we "do business at ISB"
Effective use of our resource people. (planting seeds, working with leaders, embed the building of their understanding)

Establish the need for the ISB staff to use a wide range of collaborative tools
How do we use our students?  (Students get matched up with teachers - two way mentorship) *Just in time learning

Community Support


Ed tech to effectively deal with issues of troubleshooting!!!

"Just Dennis" issue--impossible to address this with one person and ??? teachers **Justin and Kim are helping MS regularly as they're being called to help.

Dennis spends about 40% of his time on PowerSchool
Justin is spending a good amount of time on trouble shooting to get stuff working.

ES Support Model Possibilities
1. Mini lead by example (embed every time we meet as a faculty)
2. Team level embedding (focus on one essential question, one content area and build understanding from there) *This would simultaneously help with their understanding of how enduring understandings drive learning in the classroom.
3. GODs (Geeks on Demand)
4. Clarify roles and responsibilities
5. Individual support
6. Grade-level based PD
7. Individual or small group PD

Plan of Action:
1. Clarify roles and responsibilities of Justin, Carol, and Kim to the STAFF
A. Justin (Technology and Learning coordinator): Ed tech issues, making sure things are up and running + helps Kim when he can
B. Kim: Embedding 21st century literacy (PreK to 5)
2. During the rest of October and November:  Meet with each team so that they choose one essential question to tackle in one content area. We help them embed the accompanying enduring understandings in an upcoming unit.



Given that time is a premium at ISB picking a critical launch point for this initiative is crucial to its success. We need to be very mindful of "WHEN" just as much as "HOW" when starting these discussions at team levels.

Step 1. Common understanding at the Leadership level - (this team and above) -

Step 1.1 - Look at the calendar critically and get some buy in at the TC level - we have leadership here - Ask for help with implementation and roll out process.

Ste 1.2 - Set some dates - (early release day?)  - Is it possible to have TC's present?? A team presentation ? We have some leaders here - Scott, Darryll, Ellen, ED.

Step 1.3. Whole staff launch - Timing crucial here - after xmas ?? - Transparent to whole staff at one time.
           Let them in on the journey that has brought us to this point and how far we have come        
          How can this help us reach our organizational goals?
          How do we get them to feel that it is not add on?  Everything we do should be FRAMED BY READING.

Step 2: Team meetings for planning - This needs to be staged, perhaps starting with grade 5 and working our way down - we need to make sure that we can support whatever comes up at these meetings.