Partnership for 21st Century Skills, a national organization, is an advocate for teaching our students 21st century readiness skills by infusing the three R’s and the four C’s which will help the U.S. Education System to keep up globally. One of the first things I noticed about this site is the plethora of information it contains. The site is a great resource for those who want to know about 21st Century Skills, for school districts wanting to incorporate these skills into their curriculum, and for schools already working on becoming a school that engages in 21st century skills.
We have been discussing and implementing 21st century skills at my school for the past couple of years. Gradually we have all been working together to become a school that is teaching 21st century skills. After looking through this web site, I realize that becoming a 21st Century School is much more that I had realized. The information helped me to see that we have already been teaching some of the skills that our students need but it has also helped me to see what else we need to be teaching our students. This will be a very helpful resource as we continue developing our 21st century curriculum.
I was pleased to see that not only is the organization working with professionals and educators but they are working with the government and some major businesses too. It is fantastic to see some major corporations like Dell Computer, Apple Computer, AOL, Cisco, and Microsoft all partnering to help improve United States education.
As you here more and more about the necessity of teaching 21st century skills in the classroom, I was disappointed to find that only sixteen states have developed a technology plan and standards. Unfortunately, the state of Missouri where I live is not one of them. I hope to see that list grow, especially as more states look at adopting nationwide standards.
As I read and learn more about 21st Century Skills I see that as an educator I must step up to the plate and make sure that I am incorporating technology and higher-order thinking skills into my daily curriculum. Incorporating 21st century skills is a necessity for my students’ future. Critical thinking, creativity, collaboration, and communication are four C’s that my students will be learning along with the three R’s they are already learning!
Partnership for 21st Century Skills. (n.d.). A report and mile guide for 21st century skills. Washington DC: Author. Retrieved from http://www.p21.org/images/stories/otherdocs/p21up_Report.pdf
Trilling, B. (n.d.) The Partnership for 21st Century Skills – Home. The Partnership for 21st Century Skills – Home. Retrieved July 20, 2011, from http://www.p21.org/