Edited by Heidi Hayes Jacobs. Contributing authors: Stephen Wilmarth, Vivien Stewart, Tim Tyson, Frank W. Baker, David Niguidula, Jamie P. Cloud, Alan November, Bill Sheskey, Arthur L. Costa and Bena Kallick.
Every once in a while, a book comes along that changes your (professional) world. Curriculum21 by Heidi Hayes Jacobs was that book for me. It verbalized and connected many of the thoughts and ideas around 21st century teaching and learning that I was investigating and and working on in my school. It resonated deeply with me when Heidi Hayes Jacobs said:
“a school does not need reform— it needs new forms”. The book takes a closer look at what it means to be educated in the 21st century and acknowledges that “New essential curriculum will need revision- actual replacements of dated content, skills, and assessments with more timely choices”. With practical ideas around upgrading content, assessment types and skills, global, media, network and information literacies as well as digital portfolios, sustainability and rethinking curriculum, the book is just as relevant today than it was when I first read it in 2010.
Heidi and her co-authors’ approach, with a distinction between a “growth model” instead of a “change model” for school culture, continues to encourage me to keep researching, designing, prototyping, testing, refining and finding new forms of teaching and learning that will prepare our students for their future and not