Coalition Updates 21st Century Learning Framework


A coalition of business and education groups called the Partnership for 21st Century Skills has updated its Framework for 21st Century Learning, a roadmap for education centered around technology and skills-focused learning.

The updated Framework adopts an expanded scope to include two new areas: student mastery of the skills and knowledge needed to become successful "21st century citizens" and support systems needed to help schools in the delivery of 21st century learning.

What does that mean? In slightly less abstract terms, the framework advocates:

  • A focus on creativity, communication, collaboration, and critical thinking;
  • Mastery of information, media, and technology skills; and
  • Various skills that employers have said they're looking for, including self direction, leadership, social skills, and individual responsibility.

The complete expanded framework can be found at the link below. The Partnership for 21st Century Skills includes organizations ranging from technology companies like Adobe, Apple, Intel, and Microsoft to education organizations like the American Association of School Librarians and the National Education Association.

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