21st Century learning in sd81

District 81 is proud to be featuring a look at each of our three schools. On this page you will read about the facilities and how unique and exciting it is for our community to offer 21st-century learning experiences across the entire district. Before we discuss the characteristics of each school, let's define 21st-century learning!

21ST - CENTURY LEARNING DEFINED
Educators agree on key features of 21st-century learning that prepare students for college and future careers. Twenty-first century learning is student-centered and focuses on skills such as collaboration, problem-solving, critical thinking, and digital literacy. A 21st-century learning environment encourages students to take risks and create. Teachers nurture all learning styles rather than use a "one size fits all" approach. Interpersonal communication skills are emphasized, and students have a voice and choice in their learning and how they demonstrate understanding. Students become more self-directed and teachers facilitate their growth.

21ST - CENTURY SCHOOL DESIGN
Twenty-first century schools use physical space as an educational tool that enhances and supports the learning process. Twenty-first century schools have space for student-to-group sharing, individual reflection, group discussion, and hands-on learning. Distinguishing features include a generous and purposeful use of light, color and open space. Facilities offer a variety of learning environments that encourage exploration, collaboration, and movement, which is how the brain learns best. SD81 schools have been designed with the specific needs of each unique learner in mind as they grow.

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KENNEDY ELEMENTARY

WASHINGTON ELEMENTARY

LINCOLN MIDDLE