Category Archives: 21st Century Skills

Teaching 21st Century Skills: An ASCD Action Tool

by Sue Z. Beers
Call Number: LB1025.3 B415t 2011
Status: Available

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Based on the work of the Partnership for 21st Century Skills, the framework for 21st century learning described in this action tool is built on a foundation of academic subject knowledge that students apply through the essential skills of critical thinking and problem solving, creativity and innovation, communication, and collaboration.

Use the instructional planning tools to design a well-rounded set of learning opportunities that integrate the important aspects of 21st century literacies into your lessons. Then choose from 45 ready-to-use classroom tools to help students learn and practice the 21st century skills in any content area. Each tool includes step-by-step instructions, suggestions for integrating technology, and reflection questions that promote students’ metacognition.

Transforming Learning through 21st Century Skills: The Who Took My Chalk? Model for Engaging You and Your Students

by Lydotta M. Taylor, Jill M. Fratto
Call Number: LB1025.3 T243t 2012
Status: Checked out

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Embrace change and transform your classroom through 21st century skills integration! Offering teacher-friendly chapters with ample space for notetaking and reflections, this book defines 21st century skills, discusses why we need to teach today’s students differently, and walks teachers through a school-wide transformational process with an end of goal of incorporating 21st century concepts in an educational setting. Through an eight-step model, teachers learn about change management, the impact of school culture, and goal-setting for school improvement. Classroom and school assessment tools are included, as well as strategies for overcoming roadblocks and gaining parental support. Filled with sample curriculum and modification strategies, this book is a must-read for any educator wishing to create intentional change in their classroom or school.

21st Century Skills: Rethinking How Students Learn

edited by James Bellanca, Ron Brandt
Call Number: LB1134 T971 2010
Status: Available

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This anthology introduces the Framework for 21st Century Learning from the Partnership for 21st Century Skills as a way to reenvision learning and prepare students for a rapidly evolving global and technological world. This dynamic new framework promotes innovation through critical thinking, problem solving, collaboration, and technology integration, while building on mastery of core content and background knowledge.

Highly respected education leaders and innovators address critical concepts supporting the Framework for 21st Century Learning and explore these overarching questions:

1. Why are the skills listed in the Framework for 21st Century Learning necessary?
2. Which skills are most important?
3. What can be done to help schools include these skills in their curriculum and instruction?

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Science Education and 21st Century Skills

“An emerging body of research suggests that a set of broad “21st century skills”–such as adaptability, complex communication skills, and the ability to solve non-routine problems–are valuable across a wide range of jobs in the national economy. …”

“… Engaging students in scientific processes–including talk and argument, modeling and representation, and learning from investigations–builds science proficiency. At the same time, this engagement may develop 21st century skills.”

National Research Council. (2010). Exploring the intersection of science education and 21st century skills: a workshop summary. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press.

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Exploring the Intersection of Science Education and 21st Century Skills addresses key questions about the overlap between 21st century skills and scientific content and knowledge; explores promising models or approaches for teaching these abilities; and reviews the evidence about the transferability of these skills to real workplace applications.