This year has demonstrated in extraordinary ways that we’re preparing students for an unpredictable world. We can’t possibly envision the challenges and opportunities our students will experience in their lives beyond school. But we can know with certainty the world is changing rapidly and continuously, and we must prepare them for the unknown. While there may not be another COVID-19, there will be many surprising developments for the rising generation. We must prepare them to be confident, adaptable learners, no matter what they encounter. We can’t just focus on academic training in isolation and think that’s meeting their needs. It’s critical to have a larger vision that prepares students for the future, a vision that’s bigger than test scores, grades, diplomas, or mastering standards. My school’s Virtual Tour will focus on the keys to creating a future-driven approach to education.
I believe these five areas are essentials for every school:
During our NASSP Virtual Tour, our students and teachers will be sharing some of the ways our school is moving in the direction of this future-driven vision for learning. You’ll see some of our most innovative programs in action, and most importantly, you’ll get a sense of the energy, excitement, and enthusiasm for learning that makes the difference. We’re excited to share our school’s story with you.
This blog is part of NASSP’s Virtual Tour Series. Be sure to visit NASSP’s Facebook page on October 15 at 10:00 a.m. (ET) to participate in the live tour. Join David on Sunday evening, October 18 at 9:00 pm (ET) for a Pau Hana, an informal virtual networking session to ask questions and keep the conversation going.
David Geurin is the principal of Bolivar High School in Bolivar, MO, and a 2017 NASSP Digital Principal of the Year. He is the author of Future Driven: Will Your Students Thrive in an Unpredictable World? Follow him on Twitter (@DavidGeurin).