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Plotting the course for future grads

A lot has changed since 1893. Unfortunately, says Superintendent Dr. Carol Pallas, the basic model for how we educate children isn't one of them.

woman standing in front of room"We're still basically using an educational model that was developed late in the 19th century by the Committee of Ten," Dr. Pallas said recently, referring to the group of educators that met from 1892-93 and recommended a universal system of American education that we still use today.

Dr. Pallas was recently talking to the Profile of a Graduate in the 21st Century committee when noting that schools really need to study how societal changes and challenges impact how we define student readiness for the future.

The POG committee is comprised of concerned teachers, staff, students and community members. Its charge is complex, but essential for future learners: Design a profile of a graduate that takes into account the many changes in society, education, employment, and workplace competition that have occurred over the past century.

Pallas asked the committee members to consider three things:

1. What have been the biggest changes in society in the past 25-30 years?

2. What are some skills that students need today that they didn't 30 years ago?

3. Is Schalmont intentionally developing those skills?

woman speaking to two female studentsNicole Caldera, a student representative on the committee, found the exercise eye opening.

"These questions really made us think that we're kind of in the middle of all this change," she said. "When we were in elementary school, there wasn't a big push for technology. Now there is."

Her classmate, Gabby Van Dyk, agreed that there have been great changes even just in the years they’ve been in high school.

"When I was a freshman, just about everything was on paper," said Gabby. "Now that things are online, on Schoology, it makes it more accessible. You can get any assignment anywhere."

The committee members agreed that Schalmont provides a solid foundation for current graduates, but has a challenging task ahead of it in reshaping the educational model so that it better benefits future grads.

"Nevertheless, I'm confident that this committee will develop a profile intended to inspire, motivate, and guide the work of Schalmont’s students and teachers," said Pallas.

You can read more about the Profile of a Garaduate by clicking here.

The committee members include:

  • Bronson Knaggs
  • Emer O'keefe
  • Imran Abbasi
  • Jeffrey Shapiro
  • Joby Gifford
  • Karen Ryder
  • Katie VanHaverbeke
  • Katya Midgette
  • Lina Moyer
  • Linda Fasano
  • Liz Powers
  • Martha Asselin
  • Mary Silvestri
  • Michael Della villa
  • Mike Pasquarella
  • Nicole Martyn
  • Pam Knowles
  • Pat Dowse
  • Rosa Pezzuto
  • Scott Ziomek
  • Terrance Bullock
  • Kevin Litz
  • Gabby Van Dyk
  • Nicole Caldera