NAIS Guide to Becoming a School of The Future

21st Century Life: 
- How has the world changed and what are the implications for education?

21st Century Skills: 
- Does the NAIS Commission on Accreditation Schools of the Future Committee’s overview of 21st Century Capacities hit the mark? 
- Does a new/renewed emphasis on skills necessitate a decreased emphasis on knowledge learning?

21st Century Students: 
- How are students today the same as their predecessors and how are they different? 
- How do we respond to the differences?

21st Century Instruction: 
- How must it change, and how can we accomplish this? 
- What do advances in brain research and the cognitive sciences teach us about the learning process that we did not know before? 
- What are the implications for the classroom?

21st Century Assessment: 
- Does traditional letter grading continue to be effective as a measurement and an incentive for what we want students to learn, or does 21st century learning require new-format assessments? 
- If so, what assessment techniques are required for 21st century learning?

21st Century Teachers: 
- What are the characteristics of a 21st century teacher? 
- What are the implications for our hiring practices? How do we best facilitate our teachers’ evolution to contemporary teaching and learning? 
- What forms of professional development are called for?

21st Century Curriculum: 
- Does 21st century learning demand a renewed attention to inquiry, relevance, and/or project/problem-based learning, or are these alternate approaches too problematic to adopt wide-scale? 
- Can the curriculum balance the teaching of core academics and 21st century skills? If so, how?

21st Century Learning Technology: 
- Does contemporary learning require a large or larger role for laptops and other digital tools in the classroom and what are the pros and cons of wired classrooms?