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ERIC Number: ED517605
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 169
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-1097-7488-7
What Strategies Do Urban Superintendents Utilize to Address Global Challenges in the Implementation of 21st Century Skills
Synyard, Julie Ashley
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, University of Southern California
Urban superintendents are charged with the responsibility of educating students in a rapidly changing world driven by technological advances, boundless information, international markets, and global pressures that demand of people that they be innovative thinkers and creative problem solvers to address the myriad of issues that will undoubtedly challenge people in the present and future in the United States. In an attempt to bring rigor and relevance to today's urban classrooms, superintendents are infusing their districts' curricula with 21st century skills to provide students with the capacities to meet these challenges. Despite economic and political obstacles, state and federal accountability measures, and resistance from key stakeholders within their communities, urban superintendents are engaged in the process of educational reform. Through a series of collaborative strategies, vision-setting sessions, and relationship building, urban superintendents are preparing their students for an uncertain future and a radically changing labor market. By focusing on instruction that promotes 21st century skills development and looking for ways to customize professional development to enhance this instruction, urban superintendents are engaged in moving their districts into the 21st century. Urban superintendents are poised to help the students in their districts achieve academically and prosper in both postsecondary education and the work force through the successful integration of development of 21st century skills into their curricula. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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