Yidan Prize Nomination
Framework 2021: A P-20 Vision for Learning in Colorado Project
Key features of the work
The Framework 2021: A P-20 Vision for Learning in Colorado project is a grass-roots effort, being developed by and for teachers. The project addresses the pressing problems of student engagement; development of students’ thinking, problem-solving, and life skills, and lack of alignment of teaching and learning skills across grade levels pre-school through university (P-20). There are four strands to the project: (1) development of a tool (the “Framework”) to guide teachers’ design of student learning experiences, (2) enhancement of teachers’ leadership skills (particularly related to sharing leadership for instructional improvement), (3) dissemination efforts that support understanding and use of the Framework across levels of the education system and in all areas of the state, and (4) provision of a platform that provides rural areas in Colorado with easy access to the Framework and extends access to and use of the Framework across the United States and the globe.
What the work has achieved
To date, the project has identified seven categories of learning experiences that better engage students, deepen their content knowledge, improve their ability to solve real-world problems in culturally diverse contexts, and develop the “soft skills” (e.g., flexibility, ability to work collaboratively) they will need throughout their lives. The categories include: inquiry-based learning, personalized learning, play-based learning, competency-based learning, design thinking, experiential learning, and connected communities. The team developing the tool (referred to as “the Framework”) has determined a format (a web-based matrix) for presenting information about each of the categories, populated the matrix with information for one of the categories, and participated in two leadership trainings. During 2017 the team will complete the matrix for the remaining categories of learning experiences and begin dissemination efforts to promote use of the Framework.
Outcomes/effectiveness of the work
By aligning the standards, curriculum, and instruction across P-20, the Framework 2021 project optimizes students’ education experiences. It supports efficient and effective allocation of resources and instructional improvement efforts to meet the needs of each learner.