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P21’s reports and publications support a vision for learning to ensure 21st century readiness for every student. These documents have been developed through a comprehensive process involving thorough input from partners, educators, researchers, organizations and businesses across the country.

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RESOURCES FOR EDUCATORS:

Defining 21st Century Skills

Implementing 21st Century Skills

Overview

Learning Environments

Professional Development

21st Century Skills Maps

Exemplars

Why 21st Century Skills

P21 Education Blogazine: Connecting the 21st Century Dots


Defining 21st Century Skills

 

P21 Framework 

p21_frameworkFramework for 21st Century Learning
A 2-page vision for student success in the new global economy

P21 Framework Definitions
This detailed Framework describes the skills, knowledge and expertise students must master to succeed in work and life;  it is a blend of content knowledge, specific skills,  competencies, and literacies.

Framework Foundations White Paper (archive)

Learning for the 21st Century (archive)

 

Above & Beyond

above__beyond_logoP21 has partnered with FableVision to develop an original animated film Above & Beyond , showcasing the power of 4Cs to take students above and beyond the basics. 


Implementing 21st Century Skills

Overview

Learning Environments

Professional Development

21st Century Skills Maps

Exemplar Schools

Schools

P21 Common Core Toolkit
toolkit_cover_thumbnailA comprehensive guide and resource designed to help states, districts and schools implement Common Core State Standards and support ongoing 21st Century Skills initiatives. Print and digital copies available.

 

MILE Guide: Milestones in Learning and Education

MILE Guide

The flagship model for assessing and implementing 21st century learning strategies and tactics. Print copies available. *Click to learn more and order.*

 

 

MILE Guide Self-Assessment Survey

The 23 question assessment will help you measure the progress of your school or district in defining, teaching and assessing 21st century skills.

MILE Guide: Self-Assessment Tool
The MILE Guide matrix for assessing 21st century readiness.

Curriculum and Instruction: A 21st Century Skills Implementation Guide
A guide for state leaders, policymakers and/or district and school leaders with assessment tactics and examples to assist in statewide 21st century skills initiatives.

Results That Matter: 21st Century Skills and High School Reform 
A report outlining a compelling framework for 21st century learning that focuses on the results that matter for today’s high school graduates. 

Assessment of 21st Century Skills
"Most K-12 assessments in widespread use today—whether they be of 21st century skills and content or of traditional core subject areas—measure a student’s knowledge of discrete facts, not a student’s ability to apply knowledge in complex situations. High stakes assessments alone do not generate evidence of the skill sets that the business and education communities believe will ensure success in the 21st century..."

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Learning Environments

Learning Environments: A 21st Century Skills Implementation Guide
A guide for state leaders, policymakers and/or district and school leaders with assessment tactics and examples to assist in statewide 21st century skills initiatives.

Virtual Schools and 21st Century Skills
"Online learning through virtual schools is one of the most important advancements in attempting to rethink the effectiveness of education in the United States. The virtual school provides access to online, collaborative and self-paced learning environments – settings that can facilitate 21st Century skills..."

Maximizing the Impact: The Pivotal Role of Technology in a 21st Century System
"How will we create the schools America needs to remain competitive? For more than a generation, the nation has engaged in a monumental effort to improve student achievement. We’ve made progress, but we’re not even close to where we need to be. It’s time to focus on what students need to learn—and on how to create a 21st century education system that delivers results. In a digital world, no organization can achieve results without incorporating technology into every aspect of its everyday practices. It’s time for schools to maximize the impact of technology as well..."

Professional Development

P21's Professional Development Affiliate Program 

Professional Development: A 21st Century Skills Implementation Guide
A guide for state leaders, policymakers and/or district and school leaders with assessment tactics and examples to assist in statewide 21st century skills initiatives.

Professional Development for the 21st Century
"21st century skills professional development prepares teachers and principals to integrate 21st century skills into their classrooms and schools. Professional development for the 21st century shouldbe a part of a comprehensive emphasis on 21st century skills that includes updates to standards and assessments..."

21st Century Knowledge and Skills in Educator Preparation
A collaborative project by the American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education and the Partnership for 21st Century Skills (P21)

 

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 21st Century Skills Maps

These 21st Century Skills Map are each the result of hundreds of hours of research, development and feedback from educators and business leaders across the nation.

21st Century Skills Map - Project Management for Learning  (NEW!) 
Created by the Project Management Institute Educational Foundation (PMIEF) and P21, this map illustrates the connection between 21st century skills, project management skills and career pathways, and provides educators with project-based learning examples for classroom use.

21st Century Skills Math Map 
Designed in cooperation with the Mathematical Association of America (MAA) and the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), along with dozens of math educators across the country. The Math Map provides Common Core and 21st Century Skills connections.

21st Century Skills World Languages Map
Designed in cooperation with the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL)

21st Century Skills Arts Map
Designed in cooperation with the nation's arts educators 
View our recent webinar on the P21 Arts Skills Map.

21st Century Skills Geography Map
Designed in cooperation with the National Council for Geographic Education (NCGE).

21st Century Skills Science Map
Designed in cooperation with the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA).

21st Century Skills Social Studies Map

Created in cooperation with the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS).

21st Century Skills English Map
Designed in cooperation with the National Teachers of English (NCTE).

 ICT Literacy Maps

Subject-based 21st century tools for learning and thinking, and sample student outcomes in key skill areas. 

ICT Literacy Map: Social Studies

ICT Literacy Map: English

ICT Literacy Map: Math

Exemplar 21st Century Learning Program

exemplars_banner_rectangleIn answering the question of what does 21st Century Learning look like, and where is it happening - P21 is embarking on an ambitious project to catalogue 21st century skills exemplars, and develop a rubric to help educators, policymakers, and communities understand what 21st century learning entails in practice!  Check out Patterns of Innovation and the list of our Exemplar School case studies to learn more

Helen Soule discusses P21's newest initative on the air at Education Talk Radio -  Listen here!

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Why 21st Century Skills:

 

What Educators Say

Up to the Challenge
The Role of Career and Technical Education and 21st Century Skills in College and Career Readiness

Maximizing the Impact: The Pivotal Role of Technology in a 21st Century System
"How will we create the schools America needs to remain competitive? For more than a generation, the nation has engaged in a monumental effort to improve student achievement. We’ve made progress, but we’re not even close to where we need to be. It’s time to focus on what students need to learn—and on how to create a 21st century education system that delivers results. In a digital world, no organization can achieve results without incorporating technology into every aspect of its everyday practices. It’s time for schools to maximize the impact of technology as well..."

 

What Employers Say

AMA 2012 Critical Skills Survey
Survey Conducted by the American Management Association on the importance of the 4Cs in the business world (Results of 2010 Survey available here) 

21st Century Skills Education and Competitiveness Guide
"This guide summarizes the challenges and opportunities that, if left unaddressed, will curtail our competitiveness and diminish our standing in the world. The warning signals are blinking red. We can thrive in this century only with informed leadership and concerted action that preparesAmericans to compete..."

Are They Really Ready to Work? (Full Report)
Employers’ Perspectives on the Basic Knowledge and Applied Skills of New Entrants to the 21st Century U.S. Workforce

Key Findings:  Are They Really Ready To Work? (Summary)

 

What General Public Says 

Beyond the Three Rs: Voter Attitudes Toward 21st Century Skills

"A nationwide poll of registered voters revealed that Americans are deeply concerned that the United States is not preparing young people with the skills theyneed to compete in the global economy..."

Beyond the Three Rs: Key Messages

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P21 Education Blogazine

Connecting the 21st Century Dots: From Policy to Practice features leading educators and experts discussing a vareity of topics on 21st century learning with a rotating monthly theme.  Updated 4 times a week.


 

For additional resources, visit our Publications Archive.