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Jeffco Generations

Jeffco Generations document

To profoundly change education for the better, we must have the courage to re-examine teaching, our existing notions of schooling, and the learning process itself. This may be a challenging concept for some, but it is also the right work for our schools, our communities, and, most importantly, our children.

Read the vision document: 
Jeffco Generations - A Learning-Centered Vision for our Community's Schools.

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" Jeffco Generations is the beginning of a conversation about where we go next when it comes to our schools. It is also a call for a community reunion, founded on the belief that those things which tie us together are more powerful and important than those which divide us, and nowhere is this truer than when it comes to the positive future we all want for Jeffco’s kids."


Transforming the Task


Jeffco Generations is a manifestation of transforming the student "task"  - what we ask the student to do, practice, and experience in the process of learning. Generations is an effort to change the student learning experience in ways that make the teaching and learning experience more hands-on and skills-focused. 

Generations aims to give students the opportunity to apply learned and skills to real-world situations, problems, and scenarios – where they get the chance to practice skills such as communication, self-direction, civic engagement, problem-solving, and creativity.

"Our tasks must be grounded in high expectations, but they must also give students the chance to practice vital skills and concepts beyond just acquiring facts, which are easy to come by in the age of Google.

Content is important, but what is more important is what a student can do with that content in a changing world and how they use both knowledge and skills in pursuit of their individual passion."

~ Dr. Jason Glass

GENERATIONS SKILLS

Content Mastery

Students understand academic concepts and are able to apply and transfer that knowledge into multiple settings. Students must also understand how to access and process changing information, updating their own thinking and processes.

Civic & Global Engagement

Students take active roles in their communities, are prepared to be participatory citizens in our constitutional republic, and are engaged with issues of local, national, and global concern.

Self-Direction & Personal Responsibility

Students take initiative, are inquisitive, entrepreneurial, and curious. They persevere through challenging situations, take calculated risks, and stand accountable for their actions. They continually advocate for their own needs as well as the needs of others.

Communication

Students learn to effectively communicate in written, digital, artistic, and oral forms. Students learn to explore and articulate their own points of view, while respectfully exploring and understanding the perspectives of others.

Critical & Creative Thinking

Students learn to evaluate, weigh evidence, and apply reasoned decision- making to problems. Students learn to use imagination, innovation, and ingenuity to solve problems.

Collaboration & Leading by Influence

Students learn to work together, harnessing the power of teamwork, and learn the importance of influence to motivate others to get things accomplished.

Agility & Adaptability

Students learn to change in response to dynamic situations, environments, and complex problems. Students adjust to disruptions, ambiguity, and uncertainty in themselves, their organizations, and their communities – and thrive in spite of the obstacles.

These skills were developed through a synthesis of the work previously done with the Jeffco 2020 Vision and Tony Wagner’s “Survival Skills for the 21st Century.”

Jeffco Generations 2017

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