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You have been asked to present at a congressional hearing on NCLB – they are wondering what are the knowledge, skills and dispositions students need for the 21st century?
Overview NCLB – they are wondering what are the knowledge, skills and dispositions students need for the 21
“This is a story about the big public conversation the nation is not having about education… whether an entire generation of kids will fail to make the grade in the global economy because they can’t think their way through abstract problems, work in teams, distinguish good formation from bad, or speak a language other than English.”
How to Build a Student for the 21st Century, TIME Magazine, December 18, 2006
“Stop asking me if we’re almost there! NCLB – they are wondering what are the knowledge, skills and dispositions students need for the 21
We’re nomads, for crying out loud!”
Preparing Students for Work,Postsecondary Education, and
March 14, 2007
Competitive Wisconsin, Inc.
The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction
The University of Wisconsin System
The Wisconsin Technical College System
Wisconsin Association of Independent Colleges and Universities
Business, Labor and Commerce Leaders;
Representatives from Community Organizations and Non-educational Government Agencies
If you were to advise an 8th grade student in preparing him/her to work for your company 5-10 years from now, what are the skills, knowledge, and abilities you believe would be essential to develop?
What are the 21st century skills that will sustain and grow a vibrant, global economy?
What should be expected of today’s students so they can be effective citizens and leaders in our communities?
Most often discussed among groups were Learning & Thinking Skills and Life Skills
Rigor and Relevance for 21st Century
Engage stakeholders to ensure that every student graduates prepared.
Align high school standards to postsecondary and workforce expectations.
Focus initially on English language arts and mathematics.
Partnership for 21st Century
Partnership for 21 21st Century Skills enter the debate
Learning and Innovation Skills
Core Subjects &
21st Century Themes
Life & Career Skills
Information, Media, and Tech Skills
Standards & Assessment
Curriculum & Instruction
Grade Level Foundations
Grade Level Foundations
Every generation of Americans wants our schools to prepare students for success in work and life. Today, business and education leaders agree that some content is missing from state and local standards and requirements for most students. This new content represents essential knowledge for the 21st century.
Project Lead the Way
Flexibility and Adaptability
Initiative and Self-Direction
Social and Cross-Cultural Skills
Productivity and Accountability
Leadership and Responsibility
Information technology standards
Library Media Specialists
Habits of Mind
Creativity and Innovation
Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
Communication and Collaboration
Inquiry, Critical thinking and problem solving Skills
(Critical thinking and systems thinking, Problem identification, formulation and solution, creativity, innovation and intellectual curiosity)
Knowledge acquisition Skills
(concept development, learning how to learn)
(information and media literacy, ICT literacy (communication skills))
Interpersonal and self-directional skills
(Interpersonal and collaborative skills, self-direction, accountability, adaptability, social responsibility)