The Partnership for 21st Century Skills

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What skills, knowledge, and expertise must students master to succeed in work and life? The Partnership for 21st Century Skills offers one take--a blend of content knowledge, specific skills, expertise, and literacies.

The Partnership for 21st Century Learning describes this resource as follows:

"To help practitioners integrate skills into the teaching of core academic subjects, the Partnership has developed a unified, collective vision for learning known as the Framework for 21st Century Learning. This 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, expertise and literacies.

Every 21st century skills implementation requires the development of core academic subject knowledge and understanding among all students.Those who can think critically and communicate effectively must build on a base of core academic subject knowledge.

Within the context of core knowledge instruction, students must also learn the essential skills for success in today’s world, such as critical thinking, problem solving, communication, and collaboration.

When a school or district builds on this foundation, combining the entire Framework with the necessary support systems—standards, assessments, curriculum and instruction, professional development and learning environments—students are more engaged in the learning process and graduate better prepared to thrive in today’s global economy. "

The Partnership for 21st Century Skills has created detailed information for each of the elements described above.