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Schools of the Future

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Lexington County School District One’s Strategic Direction

There is no denying that our world is shifting rapidly.

We are personally experiencing the changes driven largely by an electronic revolution that is shrinking our world. We are experiencing a more global world, pervasive access to information and knowledge, continuous communication, collaboration and electronic connectedness never before experienced. Our students will experience more and faster change.

We know that the economy of today and tomorrow thrives on knowledge and innovation. We know that information, communication and digital literacy are foundational to knowledge work and the knowledge economy. Knowledge is power!

Self-directed workers, who creatively apply and use ideas and concepts to solve problems, develop products, processes, and services, are in demand. To be successful in the rapidly, continuously changing and more complex environment, our graduates must have the ability to shift to new skills and capabilities, show initiative and assume responsibility as the need arises.

Graduates must be able to interact fluently with digital content and processes to accomplish the continuously increasing sophisticated learning tasks required as the knowledge economy expands. Those who have these capabilities will be competitive and thrive.

We are committed to preparing our students for the world they will work, live and play in. As we need to prepare a 21st century graduate, we need a 21st century system of learning to prepare that graduate.

This calls for redesigning our system of learning. The system of the past was not a bad system. It worked for what was needed in an industrialized economy. It just is not suited for today’s knowledge economy.

We crafted our vision of the 21st century graduate out of these characteristics of the 21st century world. That vision has become our driving force for a new 21st century system of learning — a shift from thinking about schooling to thinking about learning and a shift from thinking about a school system to thinking about a system of learning experiences.

To achieve our vision of the 21st century graduate and redesign our system of learning, we developed Schools of the Future — Now! — an initiative focusing on three areas of innovation: LexLeads (leadership), LexLearns (21st century learning) and LexLives (living in the 21st century).

LexLeads ——— 21st Century Leaders

LexLeads focuses on leadership development, not as a position but as a way of thinking and the desire to make things better.

All citizens must possess certain behaviors, attitudes and skills that empower them to make worthwhile contributions to a democratic society. We believe that developing the leader in all of our students prepares them to take part in productive civil discussions and to fulfill the responsibilities of engaged citizens.

LexLearns ——— 21st Century System of Learning

LexLearns focuses on developing self-directed graduates who accept responsibility for their learning. These graduates are confident in academics, sophisticated in learning, accomplished in 21st century skills, global in orientation, and prepared as leaders and global citizens.

By shifting from the traditional classroom that focuses on teaching to a self-directed learning model that maximizes personalized learning experiences, students acquire the essential 21st century skills we refer to as the Four C’s:

  • Critical Thinking
  • Collaboration
  • Creativity
  • Communication

LexLives ——— 21st Century Living

LexLives integrates health, wellness and fitness strategies into all Lexington One schools. This component also focuses on schools as the center of community learning and activity, providing places for community growth and collaboration.

LexLives promotes a healthy and caring community of leaders and global citizens through:

  • Integrated health, wellness, and fitness strategies and curricula (obesity)
  • School-based community and family learning services
  • School-based health and wellness teams
  • Sustainable design and healthy facilities

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