21st Century Skills For the 21st Century Classroom and Student

What are 21st Century Skills?

  • 21st Century Skills are the skills necessary for today's students to become highly productive citizens in today's society. We need to go beyond mastery of the core subject matter in order to produce well rounded confident successful students. Schools must also make it a priority to support the mastery of these identified skills and compentencies in order to effecitvely prepare students for their future endeavors. Download the 21st Century Skill Framewok.
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  • Visit Route 21 for Detailed explanation of these identified skills.
    • Global awareness
    • Financial, economic, business and entrepreneurial literacy
    • Civic literacy
    • Health literacy
  • Information Communication Technology Literacy Maps for Core Subjects

Why are they important?

21st Century skills allow students a deeper understanding of content while broadening their levels of understanding and competencies in innovation, technology, communication and global awareness. These skills, once mastered, will ensure achievement and success today and in the future. It is critical that we support educational reform initiatives that promote the effective integration of this 21st Century skill standards.

How can we integrate them into today's instructional practices?

  1. Assess where you are. Take the Mile Guide Assessment
  2. Decide where you want to be.
  3. Create goals and a plan to reach those goals.
  4. Get the right people involved. Leaders and stakeholders.
  5. Create a timeline for goal attainment.
  6. Begin deployment of your plan.
  7. Evaluate and Revise your plan.
  8. Report accomplished goals.

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