SXSWedu 2014

New Teaching Competencies for 21st Century Schools

New 21st century school models integrate technology with in-person instruction in transformative ways that put students at the center of schooling. This "blended learning," while taking different forms and names-- flipped, lab, rotation, flex, self-blend, optimized, etc.-- aims to dramatically change the ways in which teachers and students work together to produce better learning outcomes.

But what does it really mean for teachers to make the move, as we often put it, from “sage on the stage to guide on the side”? Educators are taking on even more dynamic roles and are using data, collaborating, designing, coaching, and innovating more than ever. New competencies, beyond just technical skills, are needed.

In this panel conversation, we'll bring together leaders working at different levels of the system to explore the new competencies that might be needed, how teachers might make the shift, and what districts and other school organizations can do to help them as they do.

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  1. What are the mindsets, characteristics, and skills educators need to learn and amp up in student-centered, technology-rich/transformed learning environments?
  2. What does (or will) the development of these competencies look like over time?
  3. How can schools, districts, and other support providers help out as teachers make the leap?


  • Beth Rabbitt, Partner, Learning Accelerator
  • Shawn Rubin, Director of Technology Integration, Highlander Institute
  • Christina Jean, Instructional Coach and Professional Developer- Blended Learning Initiative, Denver Public Schools
  • Deb Turchetti-Ramm, Teacher, Johnston Public School System


Beth Rabbitt, Partner, Learning Accelerator

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  • Event: EDU
  • Format: Panel Discussion
  • Track: Continuing Education & Workforce Development
  • Session Focus Area
  • Level: Beginning
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