Communicating and Celebrating 21st Century Learning Plan

Mount Olive Middle School has begun to implement a plan for expected progressional growth related to the 21st Century skill set for teachers and administrators that includes forming a committee to develop the plan, and oversee its progress.   We have developed multiple surveys to assess current faculty levels of 21st Century skill sets, such as communication, technology competency, information literacy, etc. Once the data has been analyzed it will be shared with the staff, along with plans for expectations related to improving our skill level. The staff will be provided with professional development in the related areas through building planned EdCamps, Professional Learning Communities, coaching, etc. The committee will maintain and monitor staff progress, and revise the plan as skills sets are met to provide for continuous growth in the area of the 21st Century skills.

Shared Vision for Digital Citizenship

At Mount Olive Middle School we envision that our students will be positive contributors to the digital world. As educators we need to teach students how to be safe, respectful, and thoughtful digital citizens of the 21st Century.  Our goal is for our students to make appropriate decisions in digital situations, both in school and at home. Students are provided with curriculum related to digital citizenship that is aligned to the New Jersey Student Learning Standards for Technology. Students delve into the topics of Internet safety, information privacy, cyber bullying, and digital footprint to learn the digital citizenship skills necessary to utilize technology responsibly. We believe that learning about digital citizenship isn’t taught in a single course, but through teachable moments in an effort to develop digital habits and behaviors that promote a positive school culture.

Authentic Learning Action Plan

Under the scope of authentic learning in Mount Olive Middle School, students take the lead in identifying questions and problems, brainstorming solutions, and responding and adapting to challenges until they are successful in addressing a need or creating a final product. These project-based learning experiences are initially formulated by the teacher or may happen more organically. The goals are as follows:

  • To create an environment where students are engaged in real life authentic learning tasks assisted by the use of technology to collaborate, explore, and display learning.

  • Utilize technology to create more authentic learning tasks that include open-ended inquiry, development of thinking skills, and metacognition.

  • Students participate in discourse as part of learning, as well as social learning in a community format.

  • Students direct their own learning through choice in the scope of the project.

  • Students have ample opportunity to obtain frequent and effective feedback.

Student-driven, Self-directed Learning Action Plan:

Students in Mount Olive Middle School will be intrinsically motivated to drive their own learning by defining their goals and making plans to achieve them. This will include effectively guiding their learning by collaborating and communicating with peers and mentors. Students will demonstrate strong leadership skills in both social and academic settings. Students will hold themselves accountable, take academic risks, and apply what they have learned to hone their “soft skills,” to become future ready.  Through critical and creative thinking, students will structure their time to focus on their learning, remain open-minded, and seek constructive feedback about their efforts. They will reflect and assess how their goal impacted their learning to become forward thinking, life-long learners.

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