Responsibilities of the 21st-Century Educator
This module begins with the foundational 4Cs (Communication, Collaboration, Critical Thinking, and Creativity) and how those components contribute to educational practice. Learners will explore Professional Learning Networks and tools to create them; explore global awareness, global empathy and how to connect a classroom to the global community; and look at student-centered instruction and the use of digital strategies to promote such instruction.
1.0 CEU (general, digital learning)
Alignment to North Carolina standards
- North Carolina Professional Teaching Standards
- 1. Teachers demonstrate leadership.
- a. Teachers lead in their classrooms.
- b. Teachers demonstrate leadership in the school.
- c. Teachers lead the teaching profession.
- d. Teachers advocate for schools and students.
- e. Teachers demonstrate high ethical standards.
- 2. Teachers establish a respectful environment for a diverse population of students.
- a. Teachers provide an environment in which each child has a positive, nurturing relationship with caring adults.
- b. Teachers embrace diversity in the school community and in the world.
- c. Teachers treat students as individuals.
- d. Teachers adapt their teaching for the benefit of students with special needs.
- e. Teachers work collaboratively with the families and significant adults in the lives of their students.
- 3. Teachers know the content they teach.
- a. Teachers align their instruction with the North Carolina Standard Course of Study.
- b. Teachers know the content appropriate to their teaching specialty.
- c. Teachers recognize the interconnectedness of content areas/disciplines.
- d. Teachers make instruction relevent to students.
- 4. Teachers facilitate learning for their students.
- b. Teachers plan instruction appropriate for their students.
- c. Teachers use a variety of instructional methods.
- d. Teachers integrate and utilize technology in their instruction.
- e. Teachers help students develop critical-thinking and problem-solving skills.
- f. Teachers help students work in teams and develop leadership qualities.
- g. Teachers communicate effectively.
- h. Teachers use a variety of methods to assess what each student has learned.
- 5. Teachers reflect on their practice.
- a. Teachers analyze student learning.
- b. Teachers link professional growth to their professional goals
- c. Teachers function effectively in a complex, dynamic environment.
- NC Digital Learning Competencies for Classroom Teachers
- 1. Leadership in Digital Learning: Teachers will demonstrate leadership in accelerating their integration of digital teaching and learning pedagogies.
- a. Engage in virtual and face-to-face learning communities to expand mastery of technological applications for professional growth and student learning.
- b. Take initiative with own professional growth to inform practice.
- 2. Digital Citizenship: Teachers will model and teach digital citizenship by the ethical, respectful, and safe use of digital tools and resources that support the creation of a positive digital school culture.
- e. Demonstrate global awareness through engaging with other cultures via advanced communication and collaboration tools.
- 3. Digital Content and Instruction: Teachers will know and use appropriate digital tools and resources for instruction.
- a. Design technology-enriched learning experiences that encourage all students to pursue their individual interests, preferences, and differences.
- c. Identify, evaluate, and utilize appropriate digital tools and resources to challenge students to create, think critically, solve problems, establish reliability, communicate their ideas, collaborate effectively.
- d. Immerse students in exploring relevant issues and analyze authentic problems through digital tools and resources.
- 4. Data and Assessment: Teachers will use technology to make data more accessible, adjust instruction to better meet the needs of a diverse learner population, and reflect upon their practice through the consistent, effective use of assessment.
- c. Utilize multiple and varied forms of assessment including examples of student work products.
Participants will create the following in completing this module, and
central office staff may, at their discretion, request these work products before granting CEUs.