The Future of Learing: Preparing Alaska's Students with 21st Century Skills

November 6, 2016

One of the community's recommendations from the initial Education Summit was to have a great teacher in every classroom to ensure student learning.  Since then, there has been a great deal of examination into how "learning" itself is changing.  This symposium brought together key policy makers and experienced leaders from Alaska and Outside to talk about what these changes are and could mean for Alaska.

The symposium's goals were:

  • Develop a shared understanding of the 21st century skills that Alaska’s graduates need to achieve success in career or college;
  • Learn how “learning” itself is changing and identify the innovations required by Alaska’s schools;
  • Design ways education and business can work collaboratively to meet the needs of graduates and future employers; and
  • Begin to develop pathways for implementing changes in Alaska schools

The day was structured around a mix of panels and small group and plenary discussions, culminating in a session in which participants developed high impact ideas they believed would move Alaska towards a 21st century educational system, in which students are rewarded for mastery rather than time in-seats; and in which experiential/real world learning is an essential element of every student’s education.

The Proceedings

Welcome and Overview

  • Heidi Gantwerk, Facilitator
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Panel: What are the 21st century learning objectives towards which all of Alaska’s schools should be working?

  • Fred Bramante, Founder, National Center for Competency-Based Learning
  • Michael Johnson, Commissioner, Alaska Department of Education and Early Development

Panel: Identifying policies and practices needed at the state and district levels to achieve 21st century learning objectives

  • Ann Marie Stieritz. President & CEO, South Carolina Council on Competitiveness
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  • Deena Paramo, Superintendent, Anchorage School DistrictDownload presentation
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  • Steve Atwater, Interim Dean, UAF School of Education, Former Superintendent of Kenai Borough and Lake and Penn School Districts
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Panel: Real world learning: how education and the business community can work together to improve student outcomes

  • Ann Marie Stieritz
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  • Fred Bramante

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