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Trend 8 - Continuous Improvement will replace quick fixes and defense of the status quo.

ESSENTIAL QUESTION:
What should today's educator consider when forecasting and planning for the future of learning in the year 2020?


Today's educators must shift from:
  • Unconnected thinking to systems thinking
  • An environment of isolation to collegiality
  • Perceived reality to information-driven reality
  • Individual autonomy to collective autonomy and accountability. (Zmuda, 2004)

When forecasting and planning for the future, educational leaders must consider:
  • Mechanisms and processes for long term planning
  • External forces such as: trends in technology, politics, social issues and economic climate
  • Putting the staus quo to rest - consider new and better strategies when confonted with concerns or opportunities
  • These pinciples of Continuous Improvement must be incorporated into the classroom:
    • Students should be the managers of their own learning
    • Students should be able to monitor their own progress and confer with others
    • Students should be able to gather and utilize data (ex.can distinguish between relevant and questionable information)
    • Students should be able to align lessons and personal goals with the aims of the school system