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4C the Future: Lesson Design That Empowers

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Explore and create : Creation lab

Katherine Goyette  
Adam Juarez  

Learn to simplify and energize lesson design. If you plan with the 4Cs in mind, the tech will take care of itself. Reject ready-made lessons and empower students with 4Cs (communication, collaboration, creativity, critical thinking). Build a 4Cs-infused, standards-based lesson that naturally integrates technology.

Audience: Coaches, Curriculum/district specialists, Teachers
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Android, Windows, iOS
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Topic: Instructional design & delivery
Grade level: PK-12
ISTE Standards: For Coaches:
Learning Designer
  • Collaborate with educators to develop authentic, active learning experiences that foster student agency, deepen content mastery and allow students to demonstrate their competency.
For Educators:
Designer
  • Explore and apply instructional design principles to create innovative digital learning environments that engage and support learning.
Facilitator
  • Model and nurture creativity and creative expression to communicate ideas, knowledge or connections.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

International, national, and statewide standards call for student-centered learning design in which learners are called upon to think critically, collaborate, create and communicate. In order to empower students within these standards, teachers must design lessons that go beyond the textbook. The importance of innovative lesson design and planning with a 4 C’s lens cannot be understated. Design and planning time for teachers as well as student mastery of tools and skills are paramount for success in a student-centered, Common Core classroom. Google Apps and Chromebooks now being used in more than half of schools in America. It is a necessity that teachers and students develop skills to effectively and creatively use these tools. Not only are the 4 Cs explicitly required for future ready students , they also prepare students to college and career ready in accordance to new accountability standards. As teachers and administrators are called upon to develop and implement College-Career Readiness as an indicator of success, the 4 Cs must be reflected in all classrooms. Fortune 500 companies cite the following skills as desirable for new hires in the 21st century: 1) Teamwork 2) Problem Solving 3) Interpersonal Communication 4) Oral Communication 5) Listening 6) Personal Career Development 7) Creative Thinking. As such, students who engage in the 4 Cs as they work to meet standards based learning goals will develop these 21st Century skills that are necessary for college and career readiness. As teachers struggle to ensure their lessons include alignment to standards, technology integration, and 21st century skills, simplicity is key to effective implementation. Rather than seeing technology and the 4 Cs as “one more thing” to include, we coach teachers to design lessons that begin with the 4 Cs. During this session, learn how to infuse the 4 Cs into lesson design, in alignment to standards and 21st century skills. If we plan with the 4 Cs in mind, the technology will take care of itself. This professional learning experience will engage you in lesson planning activities to empower you to plan with the 4 Cs immediately. Customizable lesson design templates will be provided, with the opportunity to redesign a lesson of your choice.

In our current work (county office consultant for educational technology and integrated studies, district technology integration coach), we coach districts and teachers in implementing 4 Cs lesson design as a method of integrating technology and future ready skills. We have been featured on a local news segment regarding effective coaching and lesson design to support teachers in our county. This lesson design format is featured in our book "The Complete EdTech Coach: An Organic Approach to Supporting Digital Learning", published by Dave Burgess Publishing Company. Our certifications include: Google Certified Innovator, Google Certified Trainer, Microsoft Innovative Educator, PBLCore Certified County Lead, and have presented on the topic of innovative lesson design at ISTE, California League of Schools Conferences, numerous CUE affiliate events including CUE Rockstar, and local and regional ACSA events. We have contributed to the CUE blog, maintain personal, blogs www.wonderexplorelearn.com and www.techcoachjuarez.com, and are active contributors on social media. We believe in the power of collaboration and regularly facilitate professional learning via connected networks by moderating www.cvtechtalk.org, #CVTechTalk Twitter chat, Voxer groups, and Facebook groups.

Outline

Agenda for this session includes -
Pedagogical Context of Standards ISTE Standards for Students (5 minutes)
Future Ready Requirements Future Ready Framework (5 minutes)
Work Based Skills Discussion with interactive digital backchannel (10 minutes)
Empowering Students - Pedagogical Shift Introduction of 4 Cs (5 minutes)
Lesson Design Templates Lesson Design Challenge (Participants create a lesson on the spot) (15 minutes)
Collaborative, hands-on lesson design activities (20 minutes)
Crowdsourcing/Collaborative Learning Time (15 minutes)
Sandbox Time (15 minutes)

Supporting research

Fortune 500 companies cite the following skills as desirable for new hires in the 21st century: 1) Teamwork 2) Problem Solving 3) Interpersonal Communication 4) Oral Communication 5) Listening 6) Personal Career Development 7) Creative Thinking. As such, students who engage in the 4 Cs as they work to meet standards based learning goals will develop these 21st Century skills that are necessary for college and career readiness. As teachers struggle to ensure their lessons include alignment to standards, technology integration, and 21st century skills, simplicity is key to effective implementation. Rather than seeing technology and the 4 Cs as “one more thing” to include, we coach teachers to design lessons that begin with the 4 Cs.

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Presenters

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Katherine Goyette, Tulare County Office of Education

Katherine Goyette is an author, learner and educational leader who advocates for inclusive educational opportunities for all students within the communities they reside. In her role as the educational consultant for technology and integrated studies for the Tulare County Office of Education in California, Goyette engages educators in active professional learning sessions, conducts in-class coaching, supports district strategic planning, and serves as member of regional and statewide collaborative committees on digital learning and computer science. She believes in relationships with those she serves, and ensures she’s in classrooms with teachers and students throughout the year. Goyette is co-author of The Complete EdTech Coach: An Organic Approach to Supporting Digital Learning. She was the primary writer for California’s inaugural Computer Science (CS) Standards, and advocates for increased student access to high-quality CS, particularly in historically underrepresented subgroups. Goyette is the founding president of CSTA-California Central Valley; a board member for ISTE affiliate CVCUE; and created siteleadersconnect.org, a global network of innovative leaders. Goyette has been a keynote speaker, featured presenter and panelist for organizations across the globe on topics including the future of education, pedagogically sound edtech integration CS, project-based learning, universal design for learning and social-emotional learning. She holds a master’s in educational leadership and administration. Her certifications include: Google Certified Trainer and Innovator, Youth Mental Health First Aid, Dare to Lead, Newsela Certified Educator, Apple Teacher, Microsoft Innovative Educator and PBS Learning Media Digital Innovator. She has also worked as an administrator, coach and teacher in California’s Central Valley.

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Adam Juarez, Cutler-Orosi Joint Unified School District

Adam Juarez is a teacher on special assignment (TOSA) who serves as the 6-12 technology integration coach for Cutler-Orosi Joint Unified School District in California. In this role, he leads teachers in implementing technology into their lessons through one-on-one coaching, demo lessons and professional development. He also trains students on Google Workspace and other apps. He previously was a middle and high school world and U.S. history teacher. Juarez is a frequent conference presenter who, along with Katherine Goyette, launched the #CVTechTalk Twitter edchat to promote communication and collaboration, while highlighting the amazing work done by educators in California’s Central Valley. In 2020, Juarez and Goyette authored The Complete EdTech Coach: An Organic Approach to Supporting Digital Learning. The two also founded AdaKat EdTech Consulting LLC, and launched training on the Grassroots Workshops website. Juarez is a Google Certified Trainer and a Google Certified Innovator. He was named a 2020 30 K-12 IT Influencers Worth a Follow by EdTech Magazine. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Fresno Pacific University and a master’s in curriculum and instruction from Concordia.

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