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"2007 Awards Program Introduction"
 

Section 1: Introduction

‘School’ as we know it is operating in an incredibly exciting time. While the common goal to educate and create responsible citizens largely remains unchanged from the advent of public education, the conditions currently surrounding our global culture are changing the educational landscape.

The simultaneous occurrence of three factors––Global Connectivity, Measurable Success, and Mass-Customization––brings huge opportunities for innovation in the design of learning.

Unprecedented Connectivity: Global Economy, Global Workforce, Global Communication, & Global Society.

The speed at which both information and people are available is erasing traditional time and geographic boundaries. World events are posted from multiple viewpoints and in multiple formats–news, commentary, photo and video–in real time as they occur. Students, teachers, and administrators connect and collaborate with peers next door and across continents. Students are growing up with the ability to have firsthand conversations with industry experts, access professional publishing tools, distribute ideas and receive immediate feedback, either from within the school or around the globe. As students arrive “built-in” with an intuitive understanding of connectivity, fast access to information and people, create new challenges, opportunities, and risks as we develop strategies for creating Global Citizens.

Pressure to Accomplish.

As countries are striving to be successful in this Global Society, entire educational systems are developing ideas and systems to create successful students in this environment. China receives regular press on creating schools that teach innovation and foster creativity. Federal Legislation in the United States ties funding to measured student success factors. Time Magazine recently featured “How to create a 21st Century Student” as a cover story, calling for students to be globally aware, creative, discerning, and relationally savvy.

Meanwhile, as the pressure is on for measurable success, school organizations, operating in an environment of tight budgets, are stretching programs, staffing, and facilities to accomplish more with less. Blended with opportunities available through technology, we are poised for innovation, as solutions are developed to create students who successfully navigate the changing Local and Global Workforce.

Reaching all Learners.

With the goal of creating successful students, a new emphasis has been placed on reaching (and teaching) every student. Systems are looking to advance opportunities for all students while improving retention and graduation rates. This emphasis has created demands for mass customization on almost every aspect of educational delivery, including: what, when, how and where students are learning.

Evolving research on brain development and learning styles are creating changes in instruction, curriculum, and the learning environment. Broader ranges of instruction are being delivered within one classroom, and broader ranges of curricular choices are offered within our school facilities.

Traditional boundaries between secondary schools, community colleges, universities, and the workforce are blurred, as strategies are being developed to create students that are holistically successful, from birth to entering the workforce. Reaching every student will create innovative utilization of resources, material, facilities, and time. Achieving success in this arena will have positive benefits on economic development, workforce development, and community development.

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Sections:

1. Introduction
2. Summary of 2007 Program
3. 2007 Patterns of Innovation
4. 2007 Honor Awards – Full Description
5. 2007 Merit Awards – Full Description
6. 2007 Citation Awards – List only
7. 2007 Recognized Value Awards – List only
8. 2007 Jury Team

 

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