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Rubric for School Innovation: Assessing Your 21C School

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Session Five: Sunday 12:30pm–2:00pm
Room 207
Lynette Guastaferro, John Clemente
Affiliation: Teaching Matters, Inc.
Conversational Focus/Audience:
All School Levels
Conversation Description:

Schools planning technology initiatives often do so without connecting those initiatives to core school change and improvement efforts. Teaching Matters (www.teachingmatters.org) developed the Rubric for School Innovation to help school technology planning teams (we call them Innovation Teams) to develop digital initiatives that:

  • advance core academic and higher-order skills required for success in todays economy;
  • further mission-critical school improvements in leadership, instruction and assessment, human capital and infrastructure necessary to meet higher expectations for student learning.

The free tool offers a set of categories (with accompanying guiding questions) and indicators organized by recognized characteristics of effective schools: strategic leadership; curriculum coherence, aligned assessment, and a focus on teacher effectiveness. In addition, forward thinking indicators of success, such as technology-enabled performance assessment and access to learning both at school and home are incorporated.

School innovation teams use the rubric to make an initial assessment of their status in providing a 21st century learning environment for students. The process is designed to raise the teams awareness of core school improvement issues that are beyond technology and that may be impediments to innovating for success, such as poor teacher retention or misallocating resources. Teams are encouraged to use the rubric to assess strengths and weakness within each key area focusing on an opportunity for improvement made possible by technology and aligned to a current school improvement initiative.

Learn about the Rohatyn Prize for School Innovation.

Conversational Practice:
Participants will be invited to explore emerging additional indicators of the innovative school performing at level 4 in some of the 5 main rubric categories. This will happen in the form of real time collaboration using an online document sharing tool such as a wiki. The feedback provided will be used to update the rubric and could potentially be part of an annual updating process in collaboration with EduCon participants.


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