Educating the 21st Century Student: What do they really need to know and how do we teach it to them?

Status: RECORDED on NOV 16, 2011

$156 Non-Member

[$143.00 Gold Member]

Have you found that the vast numbers of lists outlining supposedly “21st century skills” sound a lot like the aims of good teaching that private-independent schools have always espoused? ISM finds these lists unhelpful because they generally do not tell us what this means in terms of making real changes that engage 21st century learners. This webinar will focus on the characteristics of 21st century learners and what this means for our educational delivery systems. We will suggest specific actions steps you can take to create engaging learning environments for every student.

You'll cover these topics and more:

  • What students really need to know
  • Student-led curriculum
  • Professional growth & renewal
  • Adaptive technology and blended learning
  • Lower school vs. middle and upper school “architecture”
  • Learning & retention
  • Collaboration
  • Differentiation & individualization
  • Assessment

Run Time:
Total run time is 60 minutes. The presentation will run approximately 45 minutes with 15 minutes designated for Q&A.

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Barbara Beachley

ISM Director of Advisory Services | Consultant


Barbara provides her expertise in the areas of student-centered and brain-based pedagogies, faculty growth and culture, faculty evaluation, academic leadership, mission identity, survey best practices, and data analysis.

Current Role

As Director of ISM Advisory Services, Barbara:

  • Oversees ISM’s Consulting, Publications, Research, and Professional Development divisions
  • Consults in strategic academic planning and school leadership
  • Writes for ISM’s publications, including Ideas & Perspectives
  • Facilitates some of ISM's scheduling workshops, empowering teachers to transition to and teach effectively in longer periods
  • Leads courses at ISM’s Summer Institute, including Transformative Academic Leadership: Inspire and Empower Excellence and Administration and Faculty Evaluation: Maximize Your Team's Capacity
  • Speaks at educational conferences, including CASE-NAIS, EMA, and AISAP
  • Facilitates Board and school leadership retreats

Prior Experience

Barbara joined ISM in 2011 after working in the field of education since 1996. She served as an ESL and adult literacy teacher at Boston University, MA; an upper school modern language teacher at the MacDuffie School, MA; and a language teacher and lead advisor at Collegiate School, VA. She also served as Academic Dean at Cape Henry Collegiate School, VA, where she oversaw curriculum and professional growth in grades PK−12.

While enrolled at Shady Side Academy in Pittsburgh, she attended a year of high school in France through School Year Abroad. She later lived in Spain and Brazil, where she learned Spanish and Portuguese.


Barbara holds a bachelor’s degree in French and Spanish from Trinity College, CT; a master’s degree in applied linguistics from Boston University, MA; a master’s degree in educational administration from Harvard University, MA; and a master’s degree in independent school leadership from the Klingenstein Center at Teachers College, Columbia University, NY.

Personal Mission Statement

To cherish my work and to support and empower educators such that they cherish theirs.

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