Model Schools 2018 . . . So Far, So Good!

I am currently at the International Center for Leadership in Education's 26th Annual Model Schools Conference with five other members of my administrative team and 5,000 educators from across the country, and, once again, it is one of the most valuable professional learning events that I have personally experienced.

First off, I want to send a shout out to Elmhurst's Mawi Asgedom of Mawi Learning, who presented this morning.  Great job, Mawi, and thanks for your continued support of D205!

Yesterday, ICLE Founder and Chairman, Dr. Bill Daggett delivered the opening keynote.  Dr. Daggett remains one of the best speakers around and continues to inspire hundreds of thousands of educators.  Personally, I attended a session with both Ray McNulty, who has partnered with D205 in the past, and Eric Sheninger, who will be the keynote speaker at our opening Teacher Institute Day in August.

A key message from Dr. Daggett was the impact that Nano and Biotechnology and other technological advances will have on the economy.  For example, driverless truck will translate into 1.8 million less jobs.  These trends could further accelerate the reduction in the number of wage earners who identify as "middle class."  In 2000 60% of adults fell into this category, while in 2018, the number has fallen to 40%.

Schools would do well to pay attention to these trends if they are committed to preparing students for the future rather than the past.  According to the World Economic Forum's Future Jobs Report, the Top 10 Skills for Success are not even closed to what standardized tests typically measure (attention policy makers . . .).

Top 10 Skills 2020
Top 10 Skills 2015
1.       Complex Problem Solving
Complex Problem Solving
2.       Critical Thinking
Coordinating with Others
3.       Creativity
People Management
4.       People Management
Critical Thinking
5.       Coordination with Others
6.       Emotional Intelligence
Quality Control
7.       Judgment and Decision Making
Service Orientation
8.       Service Orientation
Judgment and Decision Making
9.       Negotiation
Active Listening
10.   Cognitive Ability

This is why D205 utilizes the ICLE's Rigor and Relevance Framework and focuses its instructional efforts on the 6Cs of creativity, critical thinking, collaboration, communication, character, and citizenship.

I hate to skip out on you so soon, but Dr. Daggett has another session beginning in 15 minutes.  You can check out the action at #MSC2018.

From left to right:  Edison principal Jim Pluskota, Director of Curriculum Deb Lee, Executive Director for Research and Program Analysis Mariann Lemke, me, York principal Erin DeLuga, and Emerson principal Dr. Michelle Thompson.


  1. We believe in the motto ”learn and develop while playing”. Your tiny tots get the learning experience with creative and play way of coaching. Located in Chennai we are the best school in Vyasarpadi, Moolakadai, MKB Nagar, Madhavaram and Perambur.

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  2. Arjun, thank you for commenting. I just visited Finland, and they believe strongly in that concept, also. If we could move to All-Day Kindergarten in D205, we could do more of that, and I am going to challenge people at all grade levels to think about what this could look like. I appreciate you taking the time to share your thoughts. DM


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