Hallmarks of 21st century learning environments include flexible and malleable learner centered classrooms, with a balance of focused individual work, collaboration, social interactions, presentation, and the meaningful integration of technology. Such environments serve as the foundation upon which students and teachers engage in meaningful, engaging, and authentic learning experiences.
To reach learning outcomes, teachers define a number of factors that affect learning: goals, resources, processes, expectations, and timelines. Teachers trained in a balanced instructional framework understand and maneuver through decisions that maximize the effective use of time, resources, and energy used during the learning process. Not all students respond the same to instructional techniques and different content may be better suited to different approaches. Thus, a balanced instructional framework allows teachers and students the greatest opportunities for success.
Support transition to the Common Core & 21st Century Skills
Analyze curriculum, instructional techniques, and embedded assessments using a balanced instructional framework.
Create an instructional guide to support the implementation of the CCSS within a balanced instructional framework.
Apply techniques to balance instructional approaches according to student need, content specific requirements, and teaching preferences.
Gap analysis of Common Core alignment, noting areas of imbalance across instructional resources, instructional techniques, and assessments
Aligned and updated scope and sequence that serves as the foundation of a balanced instructional program,
Calibration of program specific guidelines to the Common Core and Next Generation Assessments
Instructional guide supplementing scope and sequence, curricular resources, instructional techniques, and assessments to ensure a balanced instructional approach