ERIC Number: ED478922
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
Reference Count: N/A
Schools for Our Future. [Part One and] Part Two: Why Do We Need Them? [and] Part Three: How Do We Get Them?
Christensen, Douglas D.
This series of three brief articles, written by the Nebraska commissioner of education, addresses schools for the future. It proceeds with two assumptions: (1) all students can learn and can learn at much higher levels than they are now doing; and (2) schools should be ready and able to teach all kids. The first article addresses, generally, the kind of schools the American school system needs but does not have. The second article, written from a Nebraskan perspective and framed in a Nebraskan context, discusses why a new generation of schools is needed and why these schools are needed as soon as possible. The third article discusses models and strategies for making needed changes. The three articles are framed around seven major operating principles that describe schools for the future, principles around which these schools should be organized. The principles are: (1) child- and family-centered; (2) learning- and learner-centered; (3) strong focus on the basics plus; (4) integrated/connected to community-based support services; (5) developmentally organized; (6) organized around learning families and teaching teams; and (7) achievement certified by demonstration. (WFA)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Back to Basics, Educational Assessment, Educational Development, Educational Environment, Educational Improvement, Educational Planning, Educational Trends, Elementary Secondary Education, Evaluation, Futures (of Society), Knowledge Level, Learning, Performance, Public Schools, School Community Relationship, Standards
Nebraska Department of Education, 301 Centennial Mall South, Lincoln, NE 68509. Tel: 402-471-2295. For full text, Part 1: http://www.nde.state.ne.us/COMMISH/febart1.html. For full text, Part 2: http://www.nde.state.ne.us/COMMISH/febart2.html. For full text, Part 3: http://www.nde.state.ne.us/COMMISH/artlce3.html.
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Nebraska State Dept. of Education, Lincoln.
Identifiers - Location: Nebraska