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What it is 2017-05-19T03:18:34+00:00

Join us in the 21st-century Education Movement

The ‘21st-century education movement’ proposes that students require specific skill sets and core competencies to be successful in an increasingly uncertain future.  This new approach to education is being developed to educate our children and youth in such a way that they will become a critically minded, creative, and conscientious citizenry.  It is learner-centric, responsive to individual interests, and inspires to innovate.

In 2000, Richard Judy of the Hudson Institute expressed to a subcommittee of the U.S. House of Representatives his vision for a workforce equipped with 21st century skills:

“…adaptability, receptivity to change, and the motivation to be a lifelong learner. Higher requirements are everywhere evident for “soft” skills (communications skills in the English language; ability to work in teams, to relate well to customers, to interact with fellow workers, etc.) as well as for cognitive and job-specific skills. Rapid technological innovation in the American economy means that the requirements for knowledge, problem-solving skills, and the ability to find needed information to solve work-related problems are also on the rise.” (Judy, 2000, p. 6)
Richard Judy of the Hudson Institute

The skill sets necessary for life in the 21st century are generally accepted to include: communication and collaboration; critical thinking and creativity; technological and media literacies; and core competencies for a successful life and career, with a focus on responsible citizenship.

Digital literacy will be critical for  safety and success as students grow older.  The over reliance on technology in the mainstream educational system means that lessons increasingly dependent on indoor, sedentary venues.

IteratED engages our powerful mobile technology to take the digital world with us when we explore new teaching and learning venues.  The judicious application, knowing when technology enhances and when it detracts from the lesson, is core to our approach.






Fostering curiosity and a questioning disposition will be the keys to unlocking the innovative potential of our future citizens and leaders.

“The formulation of the problem is often more essential than the solution.”
Albert Einstein

Creativity:  With it you can go anywhere.

Creativity and curiosity together drive innovation, and innovation is increasingly sought after in the job market.   The technological and social intensity of our culture means that challenges arise more frequently and the consequences become more profound.

Many of the most sought after skill sets are required by jobs that did not exist 10 years ago.  To prepare our students for a future where they will have multiple careers and take on jobs that do not yet exist, we must equip them with, and nurture, the skill sets that promote resiliency, adaptability, and creativity.

Creative expression is a cornerstone of The Arts and we seek opportunities to engage our students in rich and meaningful artistic experiences. Through both our curricular and extra-curricular programs, we create opportunities for students to explore their personal creative expression in stimulating and welcoming environments.

What the Experts Say: Additional Resources

Cultivating ‘ecologies of learning’ is the motivation for everything we do at IteratED. Our vision for education is a move towards a progressive, 21st-century model of decentralized, co-creative, and collaborative learning.

With that in mind we would like to offer the following links to topic-specific experts and authorities from whom we have learned and whose ideas we believe can accurately inform our community conversations. Who better to explain a concept than the people who are leaders in the field? We hope you enjoy.

Together, we are more.

Students’ engagement stems from the physical setup of the classrooms, both indoor and outdoor. We believe that the environment in which we learn is key to effective communication.  Classroom setup has been shown to influence the extent to which discussion, interaction and self-discovery can take place.

In learning venues that encourage visual as well as physical engagement, students report improved confidence over time.  Seminar-based learning is promoted through the use of an oval Harkness Table, so that students and teacher face each other, encouraging natural interaction and dialogue.

What the Experts Say: Additional Resources

Cultivating ‘ecologies of learning’ is the motivation for everything we do at IteratED. Our vision for education is a move towards a progressive, 21st-century model of decentralized, co-creative, and collaborative learning.

With that in mind we would like to offer the following links to topic-specific experts and authorities from whom we have learned and whose ideas we believe can accurately inform our community conversations. Who better to explain a concept than the people who are leaders in the field? We hope you enjoy.

 

Thinking Critically:  It’s the reasonable thing to do.

Effective reasoning is a skill that opens the door to the development of all other competencies.  Our CMA Foundations course fosters students’ understanding of thought, communication, and the purpose of learning.

We are committed to a systems approach to learning.  Systems thinking highlights the interconnectivity of all things and challenges students to consider the consequences of decisions, define resilience, and develop an appreciation for the strengths and growth opportunities within the system.

Being an informed citizen requires that students are able to make conscientious decisions and sound judgements that consider multiple stakeholders and diverse outcomes.  Problem solving skills, which are rooted in critical thinking, are one of the most important skill sets for success in university and beyond.

Progress for Communities from Local to Global

Citizenship is a core concept that our students experience in practical and meaningful ways. Students explore the nature of citizenship and how future citizen action may be defined in the real and digital worlds.  A Digital Citizenship course equips students with the knowledge and skills that allow them to securely and responsibly navigate the digital world.

Our students engage with active citizens and become involved in healthy-community initiatives.

Learning in, and about, nature to gain an appreciation for it.

“The great challenge of our time is to build and nurture sustainable communities – communities that are designed in such a way that their ways of life, businesses, economies, physical structures, and technologies do not interfere with nature’s inherent ability to sustain life. The first step in this endeavor is to understand the principles of organization that ecosystems have developed to sustain the web of life. This understanding is what we call ecological literacy.”
– Fritjof Capra

There is a growing body of research concerning the effect of nature interaction on human wellness in general, and child development in particular. This research is useful in developing effective programs that promote both academic rigour and positive ecological relationships.

IteratED regularly facilitates programs that take students into natural environments and allow them to explore academic content, social interactions, and life-sustaining natural systems.

What the Experts Say: Additional Resources

Cultivating ‘ecologies of learning’ is the motivation for everything we do at IteratED. Our vision for education is a move towards a progressive, 21st-century model of decentralized, co-creative, and collaborative learning.

With that in mind we would like to offer the following links to topic-specific experts and authorities from whom we have learned and whose ideas we believe can accurately inform our community conversations. Who better to explain a concept than the people who are leaders in the field? We hope you enjoy.

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“If environmental issues are to become an integral part of instruction designed to change behaviour, instruction must go beyond an “awareness” or “knowledge” of issues.  Students must be given the opportunity to develop the sense of “ownership” and “empowerment” so that they are fully invested in an environmental sense and prompted to become responsible, active citizens.”
– Hungerford & Volk, 1990

Education, Information, and Communication Technology

Using the Google Apps for Education (GAFE) platform, we have laid a foundation for integration of technology into the administration, curricula, and student experience.  Teachers and students use laptops and mobile devices to enhance learning, communication, and collaboration.

We prepare our students for lives and careers in a rapidly evolving, digitally-focused world.  Our course in Digital Citizenship has been designed to teach responsible use, respectful interaction, and efficient access when using digital resources.

21st-Century Learning emphasizes information and communications technology (ICT).  Students will have the opportunities to develop proficiency with the digital tools required for their future success.  IteratED is committed to the judicious use of digital resources where these enhance student experience.

What the Experts Say: Additional Resources

Cultivating ‘ecologies of learning’ is the motivation for everything we do at IteratED. Our vision for education is a move towards a progressive, 21st-century model of decentralized, co-creative, and collaborative learning.

With that in mind we would like to offer the following links to topic-specific experts and authorities from whom we have learned and whose ideas we believe can accurately inform our community conversations. Who better to explain a concept than the people who are leaders in the field? We hope you enjoy.

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Skills for everyday life.

The following core literacies involve skill sets that are of practical use in a student’s day to day life.  Our curricula creates formal and natural learning opportunities where our students will practice them.

Social Literacies

Social literacies go beyond the ability to work productively in groups (collaboration) or instructions on how to make friends. Social literacy education at CMA takes many forms: overnight trips, grade integrated teams and clubs, multi-grade classes, and multi-day expeditions to name a few.

We place high value on the natural social learning that can be achieved in residential environments and we strive to create rich and memorable experiences through our OE3 programs.

Media Literacy

In our increasingly mediated world, it is imperative to explore the nature of media, review the means by which one verifies a source, and how to appropriately source, cite, and create media that is of value.

Part of offering educational programs in today’s world is the necessity for full digital technology integration. Our students will have daily interaction with numerous media sources and so will receive ongoing media literacy training in each class.

Financial Literacy

Communities and societies around the world have felt the consequences associated with a lack of financial literacy or a respect for the nature of credit and debt.  Our students will have opportunities to raise, bank, invest, and follow money that they will use for school-related activities.

Students who fundraise and care for accounts tend to take more pride in the activities that they plan and invest themselves more deeply in the learning experience in which they have invested.  Our students will receive formal training in financial literacy, which will then be put to the test in practical applications.  We want for our students to enjoy a sense of ownership, accountability, pride, and respect when they apply this learning.

What the Experts Say: Additional Resources

Cultivating ‘ecologies of learning’ is the motivation for everything we do at IteratED. Our vision for education is a move towards a progressive, 21st-century model of decentralized, co-creative, and collaborative learning.

With that in mind we would like to offer the following links to topic-specific experts and authorities from whom we have learned and whose ideas we believe can accurately inform our community conversations. Who better to explain a concept than the people who are leaders in the field? We hope you enjoy.

Dr. Tony Wagner’s address (above) is one of the best explanations of the 21st-century education movement objectives.   It is a ‘must watch’ for every parent, teacher, administrator, and student.   Get the kids involved and see what they think about Dr. Wagner’s ideas.