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School Board Votes 7-0 to Adopt Plan 1

Posted by Greg on February 4, 2010 5:44 PM | Filed in 21st Century High School, News |

fhs.jpgThe School Board Wednesday voted 7-0 to accept Option 1 for the FHS Project, as developed by Hight Jackson/DLR Group/Marlon Blackwell architects, the firm responsible for design for Rogers Heritage High School.

You can view an abbreviated presentation illustrating the proposed design and phases of the Option 1 plan by clicking here.

To learn more about the future of the new FHS, click here.

Poll Shows Support for New High School

Posted by Greg on March 27, 2009 1:15 PM | Filed in 21st Century High School |

A recent poll points to strong support for new high school facilities in Fayetteville.  More than half of those polled consider the current high school to be fair or poor, while almost 80 percent say the facilities need to be replaced.  The poll was conducted by Ernest and Zoe Oakleaf of Opinion Research Associates of Little Rock and drew responses from 403 registered voters.

Click here for an article in The Morning News that discusses the poll further.  You can find coverage from the Northwest Arkansas Times here.

PLEASE NOTE: Depending on your connectivity, the poll results might take a few minutes to download.

Open Line: Project 21c

Posted by Greg on February 17, 2009 10:35 AM | Filed in 21st Century High School, Open Line |

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Did you catch Alan's post about the Adams 50 school district in Denver?  In an attempt to improve its students' performance, the district is dropping grade levels as part of an innovative approach to restructuring its curriculum.

Fayetteville Public Schools are looking at building a stronger curriculum for the 21st century as part of Project 21c.  To that end, the district is considering a number of imaginative approaches to teaching.

Earlier this month, the district held three community reads to discuss The Global Achievement Gap by Dr. Tony Wagner.  Dr. Wagner himself addressed the community in an event last night at the Fayetteville Town Center.

Did you attend one of the community reads or last night's event?  Have you read Dr. Wagner's book?  Have you visited the Project 21c pages?  If so, let us hear from you in the comments below.  Whether you have comments regarding any of the events, the book, a different book you'd like to recommend--whatever--let your voice be heard.

Note:  As always, all comments are subject to moderation in an effort to keep offensive material off our site.

Best Is Constantly Evolving

Posted by Alan on February 3, 2009 10:41 AM | Filed in 21st Century High School |

bestinclass.pngAs today's Northwest Arkansas Times points out: "The idea of what's 'best' is always evolving. Residents needn't get carried away with the theories proposed in one book by one author."

We couldn't agree more.

The Fayetteville School District's research that formed the foundation of Project21C did not start and stop with Tony Wagner. Over two years ago, a secondary school reform committee made up of teachers, principals, and administrators were assigned to do independent research. This committee's research and outcomes (Profile of a 21st Century Student) and Fayetteville community leader's feedback (community.leaders.21c.doc) are located on the R3 web site at http://schoolcenter.fayar.net/education/dept/dept.php?sectionid=3249.

The newly formed committee assigned to Project21C http://www.fayar.net/community/project21c.html is using the relevant pieces of prior research in its new charge.

Here are some additional sources of information on 21st Century skills:
http://www.21stcenturyskills.org, and specifically, a rebuttal they wrote.

Additional information:

Metiri Group

American Association of School Libraries standards for the 21st century learner

Designing a 21st Century Learning System

Posted by Alan on December 9, 2008 3:24 PM | Filed in 21st Century High School, News |

computerkid.pngThe Fayetteville School District has embarked on an ambitious goal: create a new 21st Century learning system to better equip or students for a highly fluid, rapidly changing world they will face after graduation. The district has created a 21st Century Team that will spearhead the effort. More information in the news release:

http://www.fayar.net/imagesAdmin/21st_Century_News_Release.pdf

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