The Partnership for 21st Century Learning is the catalyst behind the 21st Century Learning movement. Here you’ll find the P21 framework and support resources to guide your teaching practice or school. You’ll quickly be on your way to better understanding the 4 Cs - communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and creativity. The website contains a plethora of 21st Century Learning resources including articles, research, charts, graphs and more!
A Parent’s Guide to 21st Century Learning comes to us from Edutopia and is serves to help parents better understand the initiative. The guide is sorted by grade level and gives examples of resources and projects that parents can use to teach these skills at home. It is also an essential resource for educators as well as it “offers more in-depth information about project-based learning, social and emotional learning, and other strategies to improve education.”
P21 and FableVision came together and produced this short film to help parents, educators and administrators understand why 21st Century Learning is essential to the success of today’s students. The video examines how two students use their communication, collaboration, critical thinking and creativity skills to exceed expectations on a project based learning activity. A brilliant video that demonstrates how 21st Century Learning can transform learning!
This must-read, informative article from Ed Week examines how a range of education experts define 21st Century Learning. We hear from an Early Reading Expert, a teacherprenuer, National Teacher of the Year and many more about how communication, collaboration, critical thinking and creativity skills have influenced their perspectives in terms of learning and teaching. Compare and contrast your own understanding of 21st Century Learning and the 4Cs with other educational experts.
The first video of a series from On Side Learning that examines the definition what it means to be a 21st Century Teacher. Before you watch the video, ask yourself, “What skills must a student possess to be successful in the 21st Century?” Finally, ask yourself, “Am I promoting these skills in my teaching practice?” A great video that forces you to ask yourself essential questions and starts you on the road to becoming a 21st Century Teacher!
Are you wondering what an effective 21st Century lesson looks like? This ten-minute video comes to us from Oxford University Press and features a lesson filmed in an English classroom. You’ll view first-hand how the teacher delivers a lesson about numbers while developing the students “communication, collaboration, creativity and critical thinking skills”. Be sure to watch the collaboration activities and see how the students work together to solve a problem.
These lesson plans evolved from a joint initiative between the Boston Teachers Union and the Boston Public Schools and will get you started with implementing 21st Century Learning in your own teaching practice. You’ll find lesson plans for Middle and High School Math, ELA and Social Studies. You will need to sign-up (for free) to access the lessons. Also, be sure to check out the “videos” section of the website you’ll find several examples of 21st Century learning projects.