21st Century Skills

21st Century Skills

Civic Literacy

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.

Civics Online - [Re]Envisioning the Democratic Community  Civics Online is a collaborative, online project providing a rich array of primary sources, professional development tools, and interactive activities to help in the teaching of civics.


Civics Quiz  Online civics quiz - for high school students

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

The Maryland Center for Civic Education  Highly regarded nonprofit organization.


NAEP Civics Subject Area  NAEP Civics results


U.S. Government Info - Resources  About.com resource page on U.S. government

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.


What if civics class were an online game? | csmonitor.com  Thought-provoking article that describes a gaming approach to civics education.

Environmental Literacy

The Environmental Literacy Council Framework  The Environmental Literacy Council is dedicated to helping teachers, students, policymakers, and the public find cross-disciplinary resources on the environment.

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.

The National Environmental Literacy Foundation, Publications
http://www.neefusa.org/resources/publications.htm  The National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF) provides knowledge to trusted professionals who, with their credibility, amplify messages to national audiences to solve everyday environmental problems.

Financial Literacy


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.


High School Financial Planning Program. The National Endowment for Financial Education designed an in-school program to teach students to create personalized financial plans.


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.


Saving and Investing for Students. The Securities and Exchange Commission’s publication for students introduces older kids to financial planning and saving. 


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.


Tips and Tricks for Retirement - High school student Chelsey shared this site as being extremely helpful in her financial planning studies.


Framework for 21st Century Skills: The Partnership for 21st Century Skills has developed a vision for 21st century student success in the new global economy.


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.


iEARN-USA: International Education and Resource Network  The VISION of iEARN-USA is that people engage in respectful dialogue and collaborative action to meet challenges of our world.


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.

UPenn's Office of Health Education(OHE)  The Office of Health Education (OHE) provides harm reduction and public health promotion services to the campus which include data collection and analysis, educational workshops, health awareness events and campaigns, academic courses, trainings and consultations.


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.


The Intellectual and Policy Foundations of the 21st Century Skills Framework This white paper provides a summary of the framework of the national focus on 21st century 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 October 13, 2019.

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