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The Future of Education

Torrington High School

Lisa A. Debany
Post University

Torrington School District

Torrington High School

Public Secondary Education

Total student enrollment- 984
28.6% minority population
40.6% of students receive free or reduced lunch
4.1% students are not fluent in English
8.2% of students identified as talented and gifted.
Graduation rate- 79.9%
Drop out rate- 2.0%
Percent pursuing higher education- 74.2%

Blended Learning Models
Provide progress to
personalized learning.
Active learning and
More collaboration among
students- peer engagement.
Improve 21st century skills

Futuring Techniques
Technique used to anticipate
future changes in education.
Several future situations are
anticipated and creative
thinking is used to develop
Collaboration among key
team members.

Collect statistically
significant data to assist in
futuring process.
Observations of students,
faculty, parents and
administration. Identify
Monitor trends in
educational institution

Positive Aspects and Challenges of

Positive Aspects
Allows for strategic, proactive
decision making.
New situations can be handled
with confidence.

Process of scanning and
building scenarios is time
consuming and costly.

Increase rapport and

communication among faculty,
administration, and parents.

Monitoring of the environment

is required to ensure prior
decisions made still apply.

Resources can be anticipated and


Challenging process requiring

skilled individuals or experts.

Technology Trends
Student Centered


Accommodate students
with varying ability
Work at own pace.

Increased teacherstudent- peer


Students are more

active learners. Take
ownership of education.

Adaptive to meet
student & teacher needs

Reinforce 21st century


Class time used to

reinforce higher level

Student partnerships
and internship

Self-directed learning is

Demographic Trends

Increase in ELL populations

Cultural misunderstandings may occur
Increase need for bilingual resources
Self-directed learning specific to
population needs.

Property tax assessment of wealth results in
discrepancy of funding between districts.
Supplemental funds from grants needed
Develop partnerships with local businesses
to assist with resources and student
Budget planning and preparation for
allocating resources.
Budget to include professional development
and teacher training.

Political Trends
Every Student Succeeds Act2015
State and local districts determine goals for
student success
Curriculum could be revised to align with
technology implementation
Determine appropriate student assessments
to monitor progress
Collect data and use to inform instruction.

School Climate

Involve all stakeholders in the planning

and implementation process of
proposed changes.

Distribute leadership responsibilities to

foster ownership and personalized

Foster creative and innovative learning

environments by develop the school
courtyard to create gardens and an
outdoor classroom.

Expand the schools Faculty Leadership

Committee to include parents, Board of
Education members, and community

Provide teachers with common

planning time to build collaboration..

And Learning
Increase Student

Continue with the approved BYOD policy.

Use Faculty Leadership Committee to

plan steps for implementation and
continue to develop scenarios for future

Hire technology support personnel to be

present on a daily basis.

Provide teachers with professional

development sessions on embedding
technology lessons in the classroom.

Evaluate the technology requirements

for Blended Learning Models such as
network capabilities for multiple log on

Provide time for teachers to work with

other educators to create and align
curriculum to include technology,
problem-based, and cross-disciplinary

Use Flipped Classroom model of


Create personalized learning

opportunities by partnering with local

Plan for Change

Schedule ongoing professional development for teachers on

using BYOD Technology in the classroom and Flipped Classroom
Schedule common planning time for teachers with-in and across
disciplines and modify curriculum to incorporate problem based
Expand the Faculty Leadership Committee to include all
stakeholders and utilize the committee to identify immediate
resources needed.
Administration identifies and applies for grants to implement
Hire technology personnel and make all necessary updates to

Call to Action

Educators work together to share ideas and best

practices. Brainstorm ideas on how to implement
technology and personal, blended learning
approaches to increase student engagement and

Plan visits to exemplar schools that are using the

blended learning model.
Update technology needs for successful


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