What does it mean to educate at RISD in the 21st century?

Dr. Howell Wright

What does it mean to be a 21st century learner or a 21st century educator? Two of Rockdale ISD’s Goals (3 and 4) state that RISD will cultivate a high quality, professional and caring staff that is adaptable to the change facing students and educators in the 21st century and RISD will educate our “digital” students as 21st century learners and prepare students, academically and socially, for college and the workforce.

Maybe before defining the 21st century student it would be more appropriate to define a 21st century educator. I think we all understand that living in today’s instant informational, high technological society is different than living in the industrial age of assembly lines. The 21st century educator must be able to transform the classroom to ensure that learning takes place with the students of this century.

There is not enough space in this article to answer the original question, but I am going to attempt over the next several weeks to answer the question and at the same time provide updates on the legislature and school funding.

This week I want to introduce Project SHARE, a cost saving 21st century tool for educators and students. It is a free electronic portal system supported by the Texas Education Agency. I will write more on it next week after attending SXSWedu.

Project SHARE is the featured highlight of SXSWedu and as a leader in the state with the implementation of Project SHARE, Rockdale ISD has been asked to present how our district uses this tool. On March 9 Kathy Pelzel and Rebecca King will present to participants of SXSWedu the future of RISD’s professional development delivery and lesson sharing using Project SHARE.

The following day I will participate on a panel of Texas superintendents from districts that are using Project SHARE.

Also, a reminder: Save Texas Schools is a group of concerned parents, business people, and educators who plan to participate in a rally on Saturday, March 12 at noon in Austin in an effort to protect school funding. Their website is:

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