In the batch I found an article titled "The New Progressivism Is Here" by Peter Gow for NAIS, National Association of Independent Schools, April 30, 2008. Here are my notes.
Gow defines key characteristics of the New Progressivism as practiced in independent schools throughout the nation as the following.
- assessment against high standard: drawing on Gardner, Wiggins, and Sternberg including backwards planning, variety in assessments, project & problem based learning, and seeing textbooks and teachers as resources
- professional development is mission-driven and collaborative
- encouraging students to make real-world connections
- multiculturalism as a process, not a program
- character and creativity are encouraged and rewarded and "help students discover and strengthen deep and abiding personal values"
- civic engagement
- technology as tool to enhance learning and "freeing the mind for more interesting and worthy challenges"
Now for my reflections:
This year I'd like to spend some time evaluating my assessments. As a school, we are reading Understanding By Design by Wiggins and McTighe (that should take care of the prof dev point too). Stage two in the UbD pattern is on assessment, so I prarticularly looking forward to that part.
Do you have any great assessments that encourage your students to be "innovative, flexible, and resourceful"?