Shifting Literacies Part I: The Case for Change

Karl Fisch and Anne Smith, Arapahoe High School

According to the Partnership for 21st Century Skills, the International Society for Technology in Education, the National Council of Teachers of English, the National Council for the Social Studies, the American Association of School Librarians, and many, many others, twenty-first century students need to attain some new literacies. Why? Come join two high school teachers as they make the case for shifting your practices and transforming your classroom.

(This session stands on its own, but our breakout session does build upon it. The keynote session will be Karl talking “at” you, the breakout will be a little more interactive. Resources for the keynote can also be found on our breakout session page.)


Karl Fisch has been a teacher for twenty-one years. He has taught middle and high school math and is currently Director of Technology at Arapahoe High School in Centennial, Colorado. He was the project leader of Arapahoe's Curriculum Innovation Team, leading the staff development efforts for 21st Century Learners, a group of teachers who explored constructivism and 21st century learning skills. He invites you to join the conversation at The Fischbowl.


Anne Smith has been a teacher for ten years and currently teaches Freshmen English, English World Literature and Spelling and Vocabulary at Arapahoe. She was a member of the Curriculum Innovation Team and a participant in the first cohort of 21st Century Learners. She invites you to join the conversation at Learning and Laptops.