Wednesday, November 24, 2010
Partnership for 21st Century Skills
The Partnership for 21st century skills (http://www.p21.org/) is a remarkable resource for educators. It is a national organization that advocates for 21st century readiness for every student. I was pleasantly surprised to see that my state (
) participates in this endeavor (http://tinyurl.com/2cw3cu8). Prior to this week, I had not heard the term P21 (Partnership for 21st century skills), and while browsing through their website realized the importance of getting students prepared to handle the technological advancements of the 21st century. New Jersey
Reading about the Framework for 21st Century Learning (http://tinyurl.com/y27z4p6) has helped me develop a new understanding of the issues surrounding 21st - century skills. P21 outlines this framework in a graphic representation that is very easy to understand. It also provides tools and resources to help educators blend the three R’s and four C’s (critical thinking and problem solving, communication, collaboration, and creativity and innovation) into their teaching.
While browsing through the website I came across a video presentation by Sara Brown Wessling, National Teacher of the Year, 2010 (http://tinyurl.com/yct49qd). I was very inspired by this video and sent a link to all my colleagues to view. Sara Wessling reiterates in her video the importance of teachers realizing the need for students to be ready for 21st century skills.
On their website, I found many resources to prepare students for 21st century skills. The information that I did not seem to find was strategies for the learning disabled and students who are struggling in their reading and writing skills. The Assessment of 21st Century Skills “outlines key principles and strategic recommendations for current and future efforts to develop 21st century learning assessments.” It talks about moving forward but has no guidelines for students who are struggling.
The implications for my students and for me as a contemporary educator will be to teach with the P21 framework in mind. Students today are much more technologically advanced than their teachers are. Keeping this in mind, teachers need to become contemporary educators and gear their instruction to match their student’s ability to relate better with technology.
I was very happy that
is one of the states involved in moving forward with participating in the 21st century learning. My only concern is that my district has not informed teachers about this participation. Prior to this week, I had never heard about P21. I believe this is an essential resource for teachers to be aware of, so that they are better equipped to get their students ready for the skills of the 21st century. New Jersey