is a great dea ofl dialogue going on across the United States and in this state
about what should education look for now and into the future, and one of the
things that we know needs to happen is we really need to become much more
personalized in our learning plans for our students. Technology can help us in ways that we're not
even imaginable a few years ago because it is now possible to really track
through software programs and through technology, electronic portfolios, those
kinds of tools that are available, what students are learning, and perhaps we
can move beyond just seat time or a time in a desk to really what have you
learned and where should you go next?
Our core curriculum is developed in that manner and Iowa is in the process of implementing that core curriculum right now. It's developed by essential concepts and skills we expect all our students to know with many opportunities developed throughout their school career to obtain those skills and demonstrate those skills. So, we're in the process of implementing that core curriculum.
We also know that not
only the personalized learning plan is necessary for our students, but that we
have what is really called a viable curriculum.
That means that the curriculum really is meeting the needs of the
student, it's very viable, it's meaningful to the teachers, and that students
really feel a connection to what's being taught and what they need to
learn. It means that we've brought in
real-world problems so students can see that connection to their life, to life
beyond school within their families and communities so that it has much more
meaning to those students. How many
times do you think students come home and "what did you learn
today?" Well, it wasn't anything
that you know is very meaningful to me.