I had a chance to walk with him to his signing session afterward and asked him what he thinks are critical skills for students / citizens in the 21st century. Unsurprisingly, he stressed the need for information literacy, media literacy, and the ability to discern “the difference between bloggers and news journalists.” I wish I had had more time to explore that last statement of his but I couldn’t keep him any further. If you’re not a regular reader of his New York Times blog, check it out.
The benefits of ongoing progress monitoring of students on essential academicskills (i.e., “power standards“) are well established. But, as Sherman Dornnotes, some school districts are starting to see a backlash […]