Thursday, September 29, 2011

Partnership for 21st Century Skills

The Partnership for 21st Century Skills website contains information and resources about how to integrate skills needed for 21st century learning in the classroom.  This seems to be a solid start to the important task of preparing our current students for their future workplace.  I was surprised at who was involved in supporting the website, which is a mix of corporations, the U.S. Department of Education, and some state departments of education.  This shows there is awareness on many levels regarding the importance of integrating these skills for our future leaders, which is a very important step in the right direction for change.  There was nothing on the website I disagreed with, other than it was a little difficult to navigate and find information, and I hope the corporations involved have students best interests in mind and not simply a business opportunity.  As I continue to become more familiar with the website, I'm sure it will prove to be an invaluable tool in teaching me how to integrate skills into my classroom.


  1. Michael, as you explore the site I recommend you check the Route 21 link. There is a lot of material developed by institutional and independent members that is really valuable both for specific class activities and for strategic planning. I agree with you that the most surprising thing about this community is that it involves so many sectors with diverse interests. As long as I’ve seen what I like the most about the 21st Century Partnership is that educational purposes and student’s interests always prevail. Other thing I find valuable about this site is that there is a lot of material related to the how to make the framework and policies a reality in different school levels.

  2. Hi Michael,

    I was able to navigate the site after reviewing responses from our classmates. Like Maria stated, Route 21 provides great information on tools that can assist within certain learning environments. Lastly, I have that same idea of you. I think this program will assist our students but I wonder if they used escape goats to determine if the results will benefit everyone. We have seen the likes of NCLB and how teachers stopped teaching for the future but for the test.