21st Century Skills

21st Century Skills

  • Civic Literacy
  • Campaign for the Civic Mission of Schools  The Campaign for the Civic Mission Schools was created to increase the quality and quantity of civic learning in our schools, grades K-12. The Campaign works to bring about changes in state, local, and national policy that promote civic learning and implementation
  • CIRCLE  Since 2001, CIRCLE has conducted, collected, and funded research on the civic and political participation of young Americans. CIRCLE is based in the University of Maryland's School of Public Policy and is funded by the Pew Charitable Trusts and Carnegie C.
  • Civnet Website  CIVNET is an online resource and service for civic education practitioners (teachers, teacher trainers, curriculum designers), as well as scholars, policymakers, civic-minded journalists, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) promoting civic education all over the world.
  • Close Up Foundation Civics Education | Civics Resources  The Close Up Foundation is the nation's largest nonprofit (501(c)(3)), nonpartisan citizenship education organization. Since its founding in 1970, Close Up has worked to promote responsible and informed participation in the democratic process.
  • The Employability Skills Framework is a one-stop resource of the United States Department of Educations for information and tools to inform the instruction and assessment of employability skills.
  • ISCV  Good source material for civics education The Institute for the Study of Civic Values was established in Philadelphia in 1973 to build a new politics of community focused on the fulfillment of America's historic civic ideals.
    • Welcome To the Center For Civic Education  Today, the Center administers a wide range of critically acclaimed curricular, teacher-training, and community-based programs. The principal goals of the Center's programs are to help students develop (1) an increased understanding of the institutions of American constitutional democracy and the fundamental principles and values upon which they are founded, (2) the skills necessary to participate as effective and responsible citizens, and (3) the willingness to use democratic procedures for making decisions and managing conflict.
  • Environmental Literacy
    • Environmental Science.org This organization brings together hands-on information on the professional field of environmental science, including series of interivews with experts, lectures, information about scholarships, degrees, and more.

    • Choose to Save. Choose to Save is part of the Employee Benefit Research Institute’s education and research fund, and features tips for talking to kids as young as preschoolers to teenagers. The site also illustrates examples of opportunities for opening a conversation about money.
    • Generation Money. Channel One News, a television news network dedicated to teens, offers a website with information about getting a job, saving for college or buying a car. It’s sponsored by the FINRA Investor Education Foundation and the Consumer Federation of America.
    • How to Make Personal Finance "Connect" With Young Adults. The American Association of Individual Investors published an article by Paula Hogan, founder of Hogan Financial Management, that provides parents with a broad introduction to financial topics parents should talk over with their children.
    • Live "Stock" Adventure. North American Securities Administrators Association offers a game for middle-schoolers that can be played with worksheets downloaded from the website and a standard deck of playing cards.
    • Retirement Calculator:  Chelsey, a student of financial planning, recently shared this resource with us, via her instructor, M. Curry.
    • The Stock Market Game. The SIFMA Foundation, an affiliate of the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association, developed the Stock Market Game program in 1977 to teach students subjects like math, business education, economics and social studies. Students invest a hypothetical $100,000 in an online portfolio.
    • Teach Investing. This website from the Investor Protection Trust offers articles, videos and Power Point presentations for adults and educators. The materials are designed for high school students or older.
    • Teaching Your Teen About Money – The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants provides suggestions for parents to guide their children through getting a job to earn income, budgeting, saving and using credit wisely.
  • Global Awareness
    • Asia Society  The Asia Society is an international organization dedicated to strengthening relationships and deepening understanding among the peoples of Asia and the United States.
    • The Employability Skills Framework is a one-stop resource of the United States Department of Educations for information and tools to inform the instruction and assessment of employability skills.
    • Institute for International Studies  Brown University's Institute for International Studies evolved from Thomas J. Watson Jr.'s (class of 1937) vision for a research and teaching center that would address the most pressing problems of its time.  The Watson Institute's mission and scope today include support of multidisciplinary research, teaching, and public education on international affairs. The Institute promotes the work of students, faculty, visiting scholars, and policy practitioners who analyze and develop initiatives to address contemporary global problems.
    • North Carolina in the World  North Carolina in the World is a statewide collaborative effort to strengthen K-12 international education. At the request of Governor Mike Easley, the University of North Carolina's Center for International Understanding coordinates the effort. More than 100 North Carolina education, policy and business leaders are involved to help prepare students to thrive in the global marketplace of the 21st century.
    • Primary Source  Primary Source promotes history and humanities education by connecting educators to people and cultures throughout the world. In partnership with teachers, scholars, and the broader community, Primary Source provides learning opportunities and curriculum resources for K-12 educators. By introducing global content, Primary Source shapes the way teachers and students learn, so that their knowledge is deeper and their thinking is flexible and open to inquiry.
    • TeachUNICEF  TeachUNICEF (teachunicef.org) aims to support and create well-informed global citizens who understand interconnectedness, value diversity, and have the ability to take action in meaningful ways. TeachUNICEF provides educators and youth service professionals with global learning resources for grades PreK-12: in-person workshops, school-based programming, free web-based lesson plans, videos, multi-media resources and more. Using a rights-based framework, TeachUNICEF programs and materials engage students in a meaningful exploration of social, political and economic issues of global concern. TeachUNICEF lessons are interdisciplinary and aligned to state and national educational standards. They cover topics ranging from child labor to poverty to gender equality.
    • VIF International Education  VIF International Education (www.vifprogram.com) partners with districts and schools around the world to prepare global-ready teachers and students. VIF has developed Global Gateway (www.viflearn.com) an integrated online platform with educator professional development, lesson plans and classroom resources, digital badging for achievements and a vibrant collaborative community of global educators. Through purposeful and ongoing Global Gateway professional development, teachers anywhere in the world can learn to effectively integrate global content into their core instruction. Schools and districts can go global using Gateway's Global Leader Roadmap to implement across entire schools and/or districts, ensuring global learning for all students and teachers. Anyone (educators 18 years and up) can join the social community for free and we offer free 30-day trials of PD and resources. After that, it is a subscription (individual) or site license (school).
  • Health Literacy
    • HEAP Health Literacy HEAP Health Literacy.com, formerly the Health Education Assessment Project (HEAP),  has developed a variety of health literacy materials that are appropriate for use by teachers at the classroom level, and for use in district and large-scale assessments of health education. The site has the following banks of resources: 1) Item bank of health education assessments (approximately 1900 items), 2) cognitive complexity groupings of assessment items based on Bloom’s Revised Taxonomy to help educators teach health literacy skills more deeply, 3) HEAP of Books (145 health book resources to improve both health and reading literacy and aligned to the common core state standards in ELA, 4) easy-to-use development tools (wizards) to create more assessment items and health and reading resources.

  • The Employability Skills Framework is a one-stop resource of the United States Department of Educations for information and tools to inform the instruction and assessment of employability skills.
  • P21:  P21's Framework for 21st Century Learning was developed with input from teachers, education experts, and business leaders to define and illustrate the skills and knowledge students need to succeed in work, life and citizenship, as well as the support systems necessary for 21st century learning outcomes. It has been used by thousands of educators and hundreds of schools in the U.S. and abroad to put 21st century skills at the center of learning.

This page was updated on March 6, 2017.

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