Informed by some of the latest work and research from innovators who are rethinking the traditional school model, the Digital Convergence Framework was recently expanded to include the Community Driver.
The Success Indicators within the Community Driver of the Digital Convergence Framework provide a blueprint for us as leaders to a) expand stakeholder engagement in the future of learning, and b) reach beyond the physical classroom to deliver modern, real-world competencies — connecting each student's unique skills and interests with opportunities to be successful in the workforce.
Q1: Have you defined a Portrait of a Graduate (PoG) and updated the skills students need to be successful post-graduation? What skills did your community define?
I find that people often mistake a PoG and learner profile. LP defines the teaching inputs: Instructional strategies, interests, Academic readiness, language, culture. PoG defines the output: what skills, knowledge and ability do we want kids leaving the system with.— Shawn K Smith (@drshawnksmith) April 4, 2019
Q2: If you have a Portrait of a Graduate, how has it impacted shifts in instruction and student experiences?
The PoG can serve as the vision for re-imagining the overall learning experience for our students and expanding opportunities both inside and outside the walls of the classroom providing real-world authentic learning opportunities #ModernLearningChat #CommunityK12— Sherrill Kirkland (@skirkland33) April 4, 2019
Q3: How are you thinking about (or are you currently) assessing and identifying student strengths & interests?
A:3 This is #CareerDevelopment and we deploy the #MissionofMe framework to help #everychildeverygrade discover their #StrengthsInterestsValues. A human process deployed in the classroom, by teachers. @CVWorldofWork VWorldofWork #cvwow pic.twitter.com/hkSU70xUwP— Ed Hidalgo (@EdHidalgoSD) April 4, 2019
Q4: Do you feel that identifying strengths & interests is important for student success? How does or would this information benefit students and teachers?
Once Ss strengths and interests are identified, Ts have an opportunity to deliver more inspiring instructional themes. To get there, Ts often need to experience #pd that mimics modern learning modalities (personal, blended, etc) #ModernLearningChat #CommunityK12— Nick Stutzman (@NickStutz) April 4, 2019
Students and educators understanding students strengths and interests help build trust and relationships. Students agency is increased as they are able to advocate for their needs and teachers are able to provide a choice that matches the needs of learners @ModernTeacherCo— Jeri Crispe (@JeriCrispe) April 4, 2019
Q5: In what ways do students in your district currently expand their networks to connect within your local community? How can we as leaders foster these connections and create opportunities for real-world experiences?
On this topic, I HIGHLY recommend the book Who You Know by @juliaffreeland - Essential reading for a time when security concerns shift our focus to keeping the outside world at bay. With creativity, we can safely bring the community back in. #ModernLearningChat #CommunityK12— Nick Stutzman (@NickStutz) April 4, 2019