21st Century Skills Tabitha Thomas, CSI, Tabernacle Elementary
Where did they come from? Organization called Partnership for 21st Century Skills Started in 2002 Includes business, education, and government leaders Mission: to serve as a catalyst to position 21st century readiness at the center of US K-12 education by building collaborative partnerships among education, business, and community and government leaders.
Walt Disney AP Cable in the Classroom Ford Cisco WHO? Lego Crayola Apple, Inc. Why would these organizations be invested in this effort? Education Network of America Follett National Education Association Intel Pearson
Because… “Every child in America needs to be ready for today’s and tomorrow’s world. A profound gap exists between the knowledge and skills most students learn in school and the knowledge and skills they need for success in their communities and workplaces. To successfully face rigorous higher education coursework, career challenges and a globally competitive workforce, U.S. schools must align classroom environments with real world environments by fusing the three Rs and four Cs.” www.p21.org
Why do we need 21st Century Skills? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dY2mRM4i6tY
How does this impact us in NC? • In 2005 Governor Mike Easley created the North Carolina Business Committee for Education • The organizations goal is to insure all NC Students are ready to be competitive in a global economy. • This group lobbies for policy changes in instruction and assessment. • Currently, the push for 21st Century Skills are linked to the Race to the Top federal grant that NC received. (New teacher evaluation instrument and assessments also came out of this grant)
What are the 21st Century Skills necessary for us to teach students how to function in the 21st century society? Global Awareness Initiative and Self-Direction Financial, Business, Economic Literacy Civic Literacy Social and Cross-culture skills Health Literacy Productivity and Accountability Environmental literacy Leadership and Responsibility Creativity and Innovation Critical Thinking/Problem Solving Communication and Collaboration Information Literacy Media Literacy Technology Literacy Flexibility and adaptability
21st Century Skills The “Common Sense” Skills
Look at the 21st CENTURY SKILLS Think: Which skills come most naturally to me to over in my day-to-day lessons? Which ones do I have to be more thoughtful about?
Share! #1 One lesson you have taught this year in which you covered a 21st Century Skill that integrated well and you felt was powerful for your students. #2 An area in which you struggle to integrate 21st Century Skills (this maybe a subject area, or it may be a 21st Century Skill that you have more difficulty with)
Ideas for Integrating 21st Century Skills in every day lessons: Where do these fit in my routines? (See Handout) Which of these are you already doing? Where does this fall in my teacher evaluation and how can I show progress? (Standard IV)