A current topic of interest relevant to the K12 environment. You will research a current topic of interest relevant to the K-12 environment
In today’s educational atmosphere, there are several opposing or sharply varying viewpoints regarding educational issues or concerns. Educational leaders must be prepared to address the problems confronting k-12 schools and/or districts today. This challenge is to create a greater awareness of the possible alternatives in dealing with the issues and to widen their powers of innovative thinking in the search for more promising resolutions.
Educational problems and issues need to be identified in a forum that brings experience and current methodology together to relate to the specific roles of the course participants. Students will be expected to stay current with the issues, understand the background and historical context, as well as develop possible solutions while understanding the intended and unintended consequences.
Long-range and short-range problem-solving strategies directed toward increasing the scope of curriculum options and expanding the broad applicability of instructional resources are addressed in terms of current situational models. Upon completion of this assignment, you will be able to address a timely problem confronting schools today, identify the driving and resisting forces, and strategies to address possible solutions.
You will research a current topic of interest relevant to the K-12 environment. A literature review on the topic is needed to gain a comprehensive understanding of the topic area. This paper must provide background and historical information, as well as current and future impact. You should include cross-examination of the main points of both sides of the topic.
This style allows you to cross-examine both sides of this topic in an attempt to highlight the most controversial parts of the issue. Your analysis will consist of a driving force, a resisting force, and a plan for improvement showing appropriate actions and tools. The supporting research should provide the necessary information to compel any reader of your paper to appreciate your position based on the information presented.
Over the past several years, schools throughout the country have embraced a modern learning environment approach to classroom design, incorporating devices for students and teachers, advanced audiovisual tools and flexible furniture to create dynamic, student-centered learning spaces.
Those initiatives have spun out beyond the classroom walls, as schools look for ways to transform libraries, lounges, cafeterias and even hallways into areas where students and teachers can connect and collaborate.
“Instead of hallways that are just a circulation space, schools are making them part of the learning environment, with comfortable furniture and video displays,” says Irene Nigaglioni, former chairperson of the Association for Learning Environments and president of IN2 Architecture in Dallas. “Libraries are doing the same thing,” Nigaglioni says, “getting away from what we call the ‘book museum’ model to create more of an environment with both quiet learning areas and active learning areas.”
San Antonio’s Southside Independent School District recently created an early childhood center that brings touch screens, interactive display panels and even augmented reality to its youngest learners.