Build next generation competencies and models
Build next generation competencies, assessments, and school models to support next generation teaching: There is no point in erecting a system around yesterday’s competencies. Students going forward will be expected both to master basic skills and to think critically, solve problems collaboratively, and develop a range of other skills and competencies.
These shifts will also entail changes in what teachers need to know and be able to do—including a shift from a one-size-fits-all to a more differentiated approach to teachers’ skill development. While the Common Core is an important first step, there are a range of other competencies that are important and worth pursuing. The challenge for the field is to develop the competencies, assessments, and school models that would help to organize and anchor many of the other elements of the system described above.