From the p21 Website


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What is the Framework for Learning in the 21st Century?
P21’s framework for learning in the 21st century is based on the essential skills that our children need to succeed as citizens and workers in the 21st century. We have identified six key elements of a 21st century education, which are described below. An overview of the framework and P21 can be downloaded AT THE SITE ABOVE.

1. Core Subjects. The No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, which reauthorized the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, identifies the core subjects as English, reading or language arts; mathematics; science; foreign languages; civics; government; economics; arts; history; and geography.

2. 21st Century Content. Several significant, emerging content areas are critical to success in communities and workplaces. These content areas typically are not emphasized in schools today:
  • Global awareness
  • Financial, economic, business and entrepreneurial literacy
  • Civic literacy
  • Health and wellness awareness
  • Environmental literacy

3. Learning and Thinking Skills. As much as students need to learn academic content, they also need to know how to keep learning — and make effective and innovative use of what they know — throughout their lives. Learning and Thinking Skills are comprised of:
  • Critical Thinking and Problem Solving Skills
  • Communication Skills
  • Creativity and Innovation Skills
  • Collaboration Skills
  • Information and Media Literacy Skills
  • Contextual Learning Skills

Route 21: State of Illinois Link Illinois has adopted p21 and is also a "Common Core" State.


FREE DOWNLOAD with lots of lesson ideas: World Language Skills Map



21st Century: Incorporating Technology

Toni Theisen, ACTFL's 2009 "Teacher of the Year," using 21st Century Technology, collaborated on the p21 World Language Skills Map. She generously shares with teachers looking for ways to incorporate technology into their curriculum.

Toni Theisen's 21st Century Video Playlist: YouTube Playlist

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