New Book Uncovers Path To Personalized Learning.
Best-selling author Dr. Shawn K. Smith provides superintendents and educational leaders a practical approach to transform teaching and learning for the 21st Century.
K-12 education is facing its most significant “tipping point” in nearly a century. Technology advancements have created the capability to improve student outcomes significantly through personalized learning. Despite this opportunity, districts across the country are struggling to keep pace with the rate of technological change as it surpasses their ability to adapt and produce graduates who can compete in today’s world. At the heart of this struggle are district leaders, who find themselves overwhelmed and torn between society’s call to action and the challenge of technology adoption. Given the number of solutions and vendors flooding the market, leaders are turning to immediate, near-sighted solutions that fail to meet their district’s long-term, systemic needs. Overwhelmed and frustrated educational leaders need a revolutionary perspective and approach for engaging in this imperative effort. In his new book, The New Agenda, Dr. Shawn K. Smith provides the practical path to personalize learning used by some of today’s most prominent and innovative educational leaders.
The New Agenda teaches educational leaders how to do the following:
- Think strategically about the unification of the education system to personalize learning effectively
- Identify the processes for building a strategic plan
- Understand the interdependencies of learning management systems, digital content, and digital tools
- Design and develop a digital ecosystem
- Implement processes for writing a digital and/or blended curriculum
- Develop short-term and long-range professional learning plans for all employees in the school district
The rate of advancement in technology has created significant challenges for K-12 leaders who are groomed and practiced in antiquated systems and need new strategies to navigate this change. Whether struggling to evolve from the traditional classroom model or preparing to engage in this important work, The New Agenda is a must-read book for changing the way we think about 21st Century education.
Praise for The New Agenda
About The Author
Shawn K. Smith is currently serving as President of Modern Teacher and a national leader on issues surrounding digital education and pedagogy. He is compelled to preserve education’s rich heritage and support America’s teachers and leaders as they transition traditional classrooms into modern learning environments.
He is an author, speaker, consultant, and rare book collector. Formerly Shawn was a teacher, principal, and Chief of Schools for 15 years in school districts in Illinois and California. He has made appearances on both Discovery and Learning channels as well as various radio, web, and podcast programs. Shawn holds degrees from Carthage College in Kenosha, Wisconsin (bachelor’s degree, elementary education), the California State University, San Bernardino (master’s degree, middle school education), and the University of Southern California (doctoral degree, urban education policy and leadership).
Books, Television Appearances, and Professional
Teacher as Architect, 1st Edition, 2nd Edition
Instructional Design and Delivery for the Modern Teacher
The Profile Series
Featured cover story for Area 13, Chicago Public Schools mathematics gains.
Has Culture Changed? Reflections from the field
Disney Concert Hall: Los Angles Music Division
Visual Imagery as (Art)ful Evidence: Rethinking How We See Urban Education Publication- SchoolArts Magazine
Developmental Studies Center
Principal and Teacher Training Video Series
The Hang Twenty Project: A Surfboard Invitational
Publication- SchoolArts Online Magazine
Discovery Channel and Learning Channel
Featured as the cover story on Education Showcase- innovative ways to teach mathematics.
Filmed at CNBC Studios- The Movie Loft, Ft. Lee, NJ.
Cultural Trekking- Delving Inside Brain University
Publication- Chapman University Magazine
An educator teams with a neuroscientist to understand the mind and make innovative changes to instructional design.
The Value of Dialogue
Publication- SchoolArts Magazine
July 9, 2004
ABC Eyewitness News
Featured on ABC-Los Angeles as original concept design
and curator for Surfin’ Hermosa Public Art Project.
July 9, 2004
Los Angeles Times
Front Page LA Times for “Beach Town Catches Public Art Wave.”
Life at its Best: Traveling art exhibit sparks student dialogue
Publication- SchoolArts Magazine
Teacher as Architect:
The Superintendent as Instructional Leader
District Administration Magazine Summit
Scaling Mathematics Success in an Urban District
Recipient Speech District of Distinction featured
with keynote speaker Sally Ride
MIND Research Institute
Santa Ana, CA
Mathematics in a Spiky World:
Creating structures in schools to promote competitiveness
National School Boards Association
Creating Structures that Promote Success
International Center for Leadership in Education
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