Special Pre-Conference Institute:
Designing 21st Century Secondary Schools: Focus on the Met
Alan November's 2006 Building Learning Communities Conference
The comprehensive secondary school works well for only a fraction of students and was designed for the industrial economy. Students of the 21st Century, in the US, UK, and elsewhere, need a learning environment that successfully prepares them for citizenship and work in the global knowledge-based economy. Schooling in the 21st Century can now be designed to connect students to the real world, real work, and quality relationships with teachers and adult mentors in the workplace and the community.
This year's pre-conference focuses on and takes place at the Met School in Providence, RI, one of the most unique and innovative secondary schools in the US. Participants will learn about the design criteria, design principles, and design elements that characterizes the Met by experiencing a typical day as a student in a Met school, including the "Pick Me UP", the Advisory, discussions with students and alumni, and the Learning Plan.
Through the day's experience, participants will learn about the Met's practices in Project Based Learning, Learning Through Internships, Project Authenticity, Family & Community Engagement, Building School Culture, Rigor, and Standards. Participants will also tour the unique facilities of the Met's Public Street complex of 4 MET Schools and view the unique tools of a BP Online, a web-based platform designed to help Big Picture students, staff, mentors, and family members learn with and from each other.
Participants will capture their learnings and identify recommendations for secondary school redesign in the Afternoon Advisory and final group reflections.
The Met was developed by the Providence-based Big Picture Company. The Big Picture Company believes that schools must be personalized, educating every student equally, ONE STUDENT AT A TIME. Each student's learning plan should grow out of his or her unique needs, interests, and passions. Big Picture believes that the education system must ensure that students and families are active participants in the design and authentic assessment of each child's learning. Schools must be small enough to encourage the development of a community of learners, and to allow for each child to be known well by at least one adult. School staff and leaders must be visionaries and life-long learners. Schools must connect students, and the school, to the community - both by sending students out to learn from mentors in the real world, and by allowing the school itself to serve as an asset to the local community and its needs. Finally, schools must allow for admission to, and success in, college to be a reality for every student, and work closely with students, families, and colleges throughout - and beyond - the application process.
For more information
on the Met design, go to http://www.bigpicture.org/.
Key sites for new secondary school design:
A Special strand at the Building Learning Communities 2006 Conference, July 18-20, examines the key issues facing designers of 21st Century schooling, including curriculum, assessment, ICT integration, learning environments/facilities, portfolios and school district reform.
the 21st Century Secondary Schools
and Assessing 21st Century Knowledge and Skills
Special Panel on
Secondary School Transformation in the UK
Alan November Proudly Presents
Building Learning Communities
College, Weston, Massachusetts
Featuring World Class Presenters
If you attend only one event this summer, this should be THE event. You can look forward to stretching your mind, meeting new colleagues, and gaining practical applications for empowered teaching and learning.
For his seventh annual summer conference, Alan November's hand-picked national and international presenters are some of the finest thinkers and practitioners. These leaders, who have been chosen for their world class skills, will provide valuable insights into the latest strategies for the effective planning and implementation of powerful learning technologies. This conference will have a healthy combination of discussion and hands-on practice. Come and learn and enjoy the wonderful suburban Boston setting.