21st Century Microsoft + Partners in Learning -Rubrics / Framework
A system for guiding school reform
It has long been understood that education is central to the development of individuals and to creating socioeconomic opportunities in communities around the world. Yet many nations find that their current educational systems are not engaging students or preparing them for the future.
Sparking the natural curiosity of young people and enabling them to be successful in the workplace often involves changing an entire education system, rather than just tinkering with its parts. Systems, whether biological, political or organizational, are comprised of interconnected sets of sub-systems. Changing just one or two parts of a system may be helpful, or it might be harmful or have no discernable effects, depending on how the change interacts with other aspects of the system.
Expectations are changing
Outside school, young people all over the world browse the web, download music, visit chat sites, upload homemade videos, communicate with friends using instant messaging, watch multi-channel digital TV, blog about their experiences and read books, magazines and articles online. Much of this activity happens simultaneously and on portable devices. In this increasingly interconnected world, young people have an expectation that experiences, services and products can be configured to their individual needs and preferences.
A systematic approach to reform
Below the surface of successful schools is a system of connections and interrelationships that enable transformation in a focused and coordinated way. A helpful framework for thinking about systems innovation is adapted from the work of Knapp, Copland and Talbert. The goal of the framework is to help coordinate changes so that they complement rather than compete with one another. The framework highlights four top dimensions in successful transformation. These dimensions are critical success factors individually but more effective when connected with each other.