This 3-hour session is designed to take a look into three 21st century classrooms and compare what we see in the Teaching Channel videos to what we currently see in your own schools. Then, discuss how you, as instructional leaders, can support teachers as they make shifts that align with our new North Carolina Standard Course of Study and the needs of our 21st century learners.

Understanding the 21st Century Learner

Prior to our training, take a few moments to read the Alliance for Excellent Education brief below.

Culture Shift: "To meet the needs of the diverse student population, the education system must provide a more personalized, rigorous, and collaborative learning environment that moves from teacher-directed, one-size-fits all instructional strategies toward a learner-centered model."

Activity #1: Setting the Stage (10 minutes)

Read pages 2-3 of Culture Shift: Teaching in a Learner-Centered Environment Powered by Digital Learning. Click here to share big ideas you encounter during your reading. Your ideas will populate below.

Our new North Carolina Standard Course of Study is built upon the new standards that demand a new approach to teaching and learning. This summer, educators across North Carolina attended Summer Institutes where they built upon last year's topic of the "what" of the new standards. The focus this year was the "how" of implementation.

Think about the P21 framework at your right. As administrators observe classrooms and provide feedback, it is important to ensure that the lesson aligns with grade- and content-specific standards.

However, it is just as imperative that administrators ensure that high-quality instruction is taking place that supports the development of critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and creativity; the development of life and career skills; and the students' opportunity to increase literacy by manipulating multiple sources of information through media and technology.


Teaching Channel Video Activity

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Reflective Practice

NC Educator Evaluation Instrument: Standard IV can be found on page 31. As we review the following examples, think about how these teachers would rank. What suggestions could you provide in a post-observation conference?

Common Terminology for Social Studies

Our new North Carolina Standard Course of Study for Social Studies has redefined the way social studies courses are taught. Take a few moments to review the common terminology for social studies below. Take a few moments to review the common terminology below.

Activity #2: Look fors in Social Studies

After reviewing the common terminology above, use the two Triciders below to share a look-for and a topic you want to know more about.

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3Rs: Revolution, Reaction, ReformLesson Objective

Reach a deep understanding of complex, abstract concepts

Questions to Consider

  • What types of formative assessment does this teacher use?
  • Why would we categorize this lesson as a 21st century experience?
  • What feedback could you give this teacher on Standard IV?
  • As an instructional leader, how can you support social studies teachers as they shift from traditional social studies curriculum to a concept-based, integrated curriculum?

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Common Core State Standards Math Shifts


Activity #3: Understanding the Math Shifts (5 minutes)

After you review the three math shifts, discuss the following questions:
  • What is the most important change you see in these shifts?
  • What do these three math shifts have in common with the new changes to the social studies curriculum?
  • What feedback could you give this teacher on Standard IV?
  • What pitfalls do you anticipate for math teachers?

How Many Peas Will Fit?Lesson Objective

Students estimate and measure peas and room size to learn about volume

Common Core Standards


Questions to Consider

  • What are the major differences between this math classroom and a traditional math classroom?
  • What foundational groundwork must be in place before these types of learning experiences can take place?
  • How can you, as an instructional leader, support math teachers as they create 21st century learning experiences for students?

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Activity #4: Roles in the ELA Classroom (5 minutes)

As in math, there are three major shifts in English Language Arts. After you review the roles of the student, the teacher, and the principal in terms of the three shifts, visit our lino below and answer these questions:

  • What is one thing you will expect to see students doing in the ELA classroom? (Blue Sticky)
  • What is one thing you will expect to see teachers doing in the ELA classroom? (Pink Sticky)
  • What is one thing you can do as the instructional leader to support the implementation of the ELA shifts? (Yellow sticky)

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Interactive StationsLesson Objective

Analyze how a central idea develops over the course of a text

Common Core Standards

ELA.RL.11-12.2, ELA.SL.11-12.1a, ELA.RL.9-10.2

Questions to Consider

  • How are the 4Cs of 21st century teaching and learning depicted in this classroom video?
  • Comparatively speaking, how does ELA instruction in your school look similar or different?
  • What feedback could you give this teacher on Standard IV?
  • How could he incorporate media/technology into this lesson to make it more effective?

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Moving from "What" to "How"

The 2012 Summer Institutes focused on practical classroom implementation and pedagogy. Last year, teachers engaged in activities to help them learn the standards. This year, they looked at classroom practice through modeling, viewing, and experiencing what classrooms should look and feel like as we implement a new North Carolina Standard Course of Study.

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Answering Tough Questions about Literacy

21st century classrooms are literacy-rich classrooms. Take a look at the CCSSO Literacy Q&A Documents below. How can these resources help you work with your teachers as they begin to implement the Common Core State Standards for Literacy?

ELA_Literacy Q&A for Principals

Math_Literacy Q&A for Principals

Science_Literacy Q&A for Principals

Social Studies Literacy Q&A for Principals

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