Online Conference: Curriculum: getting the balance right in your school

Coming up in May an online conference focusing on curriculum, organised by Microsoft and ACEL.  Like oral contracts not being worth the paper they’re written on, I’ve found that virtual conferences have always lacked the bad coffee and good discussions around the bad coffee that real conferences  create.  But I thought I might give this one a go. They are inviting submissions and discussion on the following:

What really matters in curriculum today? Will today’s students be prepared for the types of jobs they will encounter in the 21st century? How can we help produce 21st century outcomes for every student?

A growing number of respected voices have sounded the alarm that students are not being prepared to compete in an increasingly global marketplace and that new curriculum models and structures must be considered. There is widespread consensus that today’s students must be able to think critically, solve problems and collaborate if they are to succeed in work and live in the 21st century. But what do those closest to our students think?

In response to this issue, ACEL and Microsoft are encouraging educators to discuss the following questions with colleagues and young people and participate in a week of active debate from May 21 to May 27. The outcomes of this debate and the outstanding papers will be synthesized and published for all participants to be used in further discussions in their schools and in wider forums as participants wish.

More info here

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