Introduction

Creating a Learning Culture of the 21st Century
Reflective Friends Team

Henrico County Schools is on a journey to create 21st century learning environments to ensure our students have the skills needed to succeed in an ever-changing world.  The ideal 21st century learning experience is created by leveraging the synergy of relevant content, engaging pedagogy, and the support of high quality technology tools to both deliver content and allow students to interact with and create their own material in a global environment.

To help visualize what a 21st century classroom looks like we’re relying on two different, but aligned, heuristics. The TPAC model (image below) focuses on how optimum learning is achieved through a thorough understanding and melding of technology, pedagogy and content. It is only when these three core areas unite that 21st century learning environments can function at their highest level.

The TIP Chart is focused on the same objective but provides the classroom teacher with more specific details and allows users to reflect on specific areas of their pedagogy. Both of these models acknowledge that a 21st century learning environment is the much more than technology.

TPAC

Reflective Friends

The Reflective Friends process is designed to provide participating schools with objective data on their efforts to build 21st century learning environments.  Through a series of systematic classroom observations and interviews with teachers and students, a profile of trends in classroom instruction (content, pedagogy, and technology) will emerge.  These data will become good information to be used for future development of your school program.

As you prepare for the Reflective Friends team visit, the following short video will set the vision of what a 21st century learning environment should look like in HCPS.

Read more about the Process for 2011-2012.