While CCSSO will provide fiscal and operational services, P21 will remain an independent organization dedicated to ensuring 21st century readiness for every student and P21 will continue to operate under its own governance structure.
Kathy Hurley, P21 executive board and strategic council chair and senior vice president of strategic partnerships for the education services and technology company Pearson, said, “The new strategic management relationship between P21 and CCSSO is a unique opportunity for P21 to further align with the nation’s chief state school officers. While P21 remains independent of CCSSO, there is tremendous synergy between our work, especially on the Elementary and Secondary Education Act reauthorization, the Common Core State Standards Initiative, and CCSSO’s Next Generation Learner program.”
The P21 executive board approved the agreement on June 16 and the CCSSO board approved the agreement on July 15. The working relationship will commence on December 1.
“We know that in order to succeed in work and life, children need an understanding of both basic skills and also skills like critical thinking and creativity and innovation,” said CCSSO Executive Director Gene Wilhoit. “The 21st Century Skills Leadership States have done a commendable job advocating for developing these skills in children, and CCSSO and our members look forward to collaborating with P21 and members of the business community to develop a deeper understanding of this work.”
About the Partnership for 21st Century Skills: P21 is a national organization that advocates for 21st century readiness for every student. As the United States continues to compete in a global economy that demands innovation, P21 and its members provide tools and resources to help the U.S. education system keep up by fusing the three Rs and four Cs (critical thinking and problem solving, communication, collaboration and creativity and innovation). While leading districts and schools are already doing this, P21 advocates for local, state and federal policies that support this approach for every school.
21st Century Skills Leadership States include: Arizona, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, South Dakota, Wisconsin and West Virginia.