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A K-12 Framework for Technology Integration with a Focus on Workplace Readiness Skills The G21 program in Goochland is a unique three-part initiative: a framework for developing student twenty-first century skills, a recognition program of teaching and learning excellence (the G21 Faire), and specific innovation with individual student and school-wide G21 projects and goals. G21 is our effort to bring 21st century skill awareness into the culture of each school in the division. We're doing this by replacing our previous initiative of individual technology goals for each teacher with a 21st century blueprint that serves as a model, high-quality lesson plan for teachers built around a project-based approach. The G21 framework builds upon the ideas for 21st century skills from a variety of resources and each G21 plan reflects the interests and professional development needs of the classroom teacher with a blueprint for engaging students with content in a rich, project-based approach. John G. Hendron, M.A., M.A. Hendron is a Virginia-based education leader, long known for his involvement with the Virginia Society for Technology in Education. He is supervisor of instructional technology for Goochland County Public Schools. He is a published author, active blogger and podcaster, and is well-known for his innovative approaches towards improving instruction with technology. He's been recognized many times for his work in education, including a 2012 recognition by the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) with its Making IT Happen Award. Peter M. Gretz, Ed.D. Gretz is currently the assistant superintendent of operations for Goochland County Public Schools and is a 23-year veteran Virginia educator. He has been a teacher and principal at the middle and high school levels and is especially interested in the growing body of literature about values-based leadership in schools. He was introduced to Hendron's instructional model, G21, six years ago and understands it to be a critical element of Goochland's student engagement initiative. 14 vaascd.org Virginia Educational Leadership Vol. 10 No. 1 2013

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