The 21st Century Committee will continue its work, meeting monthly.
Committee Tasks Timeline (7/30/09)
The State Graduation Guidelines Development Council, part of Gov. Bill Ritter’s educational reform and a new state law, began a process in fall 2007 to solicit statewide recommendations. These recommendations will serve as guidelines when the State Board of Education approves new graduation requirements.
"We want to lay the groundwork for the skills and knowledge the 21st Century learner is going to need to be competitive in the global workplace," says Manny Ortega, assistant superintendent of secondary schools and committee co-chair.
"The work of this committee is essential to ensure that PSD students are prepared to succeed in a changing, knowledge-based, digital, global society," says Diedre Cook, Ph.D., principal at Fossil Ridge High School and committee co-chair. "We must define the 21st century skills in partnership with our business community and in conjunction with P-16 educators."
Superintendent convened a Pre-School through Grade 16 or "P-16" Council to increase collaboration between early education, PSD, and post-secondary partners Colorado State University and Front Range Community College (2006-07 school year).
Business Leader Advisory Council formed, began meeting fall 2007 to involve business and industry partners in determining skills and knowledge students need to be successful in the 21st Century workplace.
High school principals participated on a panel on today’s student demographics – challenges and opportunities, at a Business Leader Advisory Council meeting (fall 2007).
Board of Education convened "expert panel" to discuss workforce skills, one of five areas of focus in their Ends Policy, which states the areas of expertise all PSD graduates need to be successful (spring 2008).
Collaborative meetings were held between high school and college teachers in science, math and language arts. Two meetings were held during the 2007-08 school year.
Business & Education Summit convened by Fort Collins Area Chamber of Commerce and PSD to increase awareness and discuss workforce skills students need to be successful, and explore partnerships (April 2008).
Meeting Schedule 2009-10 Meeting Schedule 2008-09
Proposed Graduation Requirements Draft
-February 20, 2008
-March 26, 2008
-May 29, 2008
-December 11, 2008
-January 15, 2009
-21st Century Skills & Abilities
-February 18, 2009
-March 12, 2009
-Four C's-As Is
-August 27, 2009
-September 3, 2009
Resources and Information:
High School Graduation Requirements Process
Postsecondary & Workforce Readiness Definition
Current PSD Graduation Requirements
Graduation Requirements of Surrounding Districts
National Averages for Graduation Requirements
Colorado Achievement Plan for Kids (CAP4K)
Reimaging High School in Colorado Report
Governor's P-20 Education Plan
Colorado Career Cluster Model
Dr. Wilson talks about high school students, who they are, what engages them, and how Poudre School District supports them (May 2008).
Other Useful Web Links:
Colorado Department of Education Standards and Assessments
21st Century Skills Website
Colorado Department of Education News Room
Contact Manny Ortega at email@example.com or call 490-3011