Transforming Education

Buried in a CJ Online article about Shawnee Heights’ proposed bond issue was a lot of information about how that district is trying to transform education to meet 21st century needs.

This process started with the use of personal learning communities. These groups working together to answer what USD 450 has identified as their 4 guiding questions:

  • What do we want kids to learn?
  • How do we know they learned it?
  • What do you do when they didn’t learn it?
  • What do you do if they already know it coming in?

These guiding questions and the answers to them are also driving the districts technology planning as they look to the future and

  • Implementation of Common Core Standards
  • Project-based student assessments
  • Need for information skills
  • Enabling students to be career ready

Whether you are a member of the Shawnee Height community, another school community in Kansas or even outside of the state, these guiding questions and the future needs are the same.

As Alan Beam, principal of Shawnee Heights High School says,

We’re preparing our kids for their future, not our past.


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