21st Century Learning Exemplar Programs

The 21st Century Learning Exemplar Program highlights best practices in schools and districts across the country that are preparing students for college, career and life by embedding critical 21st century competencies into the learning environment. Currently there are 75 exemplars across the country. P21 will accept applications to be part of the 2017-2018 21st Century Read more about 21st Century Learning Exemplar Programs[…]

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Preparing Teachers for a Project-Based World

The Getting Smart team has released Preparing Teachers for a Project-Based World, a publication exploring how teacher preparation and professional learning can align to–and be modeled after–the types of deeper learning environments we seek to create for students. This publication is part of Getting Smart’s year long It’s a Project-Based World campaign. Drawing upon the Read more about Preparing Teachers for a Project-Based World[…]

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Becoming Brilliant: Reimagining Education for our Time

Becoming Brilliant, a new book by Kathy Hirsh-Pasek and Roberta Michnick Golinkoff explores the definition of brilliance in the modern information age. Below, excerpts from a post in the Brookings Blog provide an overview of this new way of thinking: The amount of knowledge available in books and online is doubling every two and a Read more about Becoming Brilliant: Reimagining Education for our Time[…]

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Dear President-Elect Trump

Marc Tucker recently penned a letter to President-Elect Trump, outlining the importance of education to the American economy. Portions of it appear below: Dear President-Elect Trump, People are counting on you because you told them that you can restore their jobs and their incomes, and, most important, their pride and self-respect. The most important reason Read more about Dear President-Elect Trump[…]

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Core Education Issue Brief: Non-Cognitive Skills

They are called non-cognitive skills, skills for success, soft skills, or social-emotional learning skills. These are the elusive student abilities to persevere, collaborate, make decisions, communicate, and exhibit agency, self-discipline, self-direction and conscientiousness. Employers tell us that these skills are essential for success in the workforce, and researchers are reporting that students who have developed Read more about Core Education Issue Brief: Non-Cognitive Skills[…]

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Reflection Tool For 21st Century Learning

Students at the Center’s Hub team developed the Reflection Tool For 21st Century Learning to support deeper learning and computational thinking for secondary students.  The tool defines and scaffolds essential skills for both students and educators, in easy-to-understand language with opportunity for reflection and growth. This reflection tool is a great way to get students Read more about Reflection Tool For 21st Century Learning[…]

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What Exactly is a Non-Academic Indicator?

In the American Youth Policy Forum,  Jennifer Brown Lerner writes a thoughtful piece about the terminology that the education sector is using to refer to ESSA’s fifth indicator, the “non-academic” indicator. The language in the legislation names student engagement; educator engagement; access to and completion of advanced coursework; postsecondary readiness; school climate and safety as Read more about What Exactly is a Non-Academic Indicator?[…]

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Nonacademic Skills – The Building Blocks for Learning

Brooke Stafford-Brizard, an adviser for Turnaround for Children, recently created a student-development framework for nonacademic skills. Building Blocks for Learning is grounded in the concept that, like academic skills, nonacademic skills are developmental and can be taught. This resource serves to guide practitioners at all levels, informing teacher-student relationships, classroom instruction, and school design. Policymakers at Read more about Nonacademic Skills – The Building Blocks for Learning[…]

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Facebook Helps Develop Software that puts Students in Charge of their Lesson Plans

Recently, Natasha Singer and Mike Isaac reported for The New York Times on Facebook’s new personalized learning platform. An excerpt of the article appears below: Facebook is out to upend the traditional student-teacher relationship. Facebook and Summit Public Schools, a nonprofit charter school network with headquarters in Silicon Valley, announced that nearly 120 schools planned Read more about Facebook Helps Develop Software that puts Students in Charge of their Lesson Plans[…]

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Now that we have Google, is it important to learn facts?

The 74 recently released a piece titled, “9 Things Science Tells Us about How Kids Learn to Read and Think Critically.” The article makes a compelling argument for more exposure to science and social science content matter even in the face of easy access to information. The argument is that one cannot think critically without Read more about Now that we have Google, is it important to learn facts?[…]

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Most Likely to Succeed

David Brooks, an op-ed writer for the New York Times, examines the new documentary, Most Likely to Succeed and analyzes the claims it makes about the current state of the American Education system: Greg Whiteley’s documentary, Most Likely to Succeed, argues that the American school system is ultimately built on a Prussian model designed over Read more about Most Likely to Succeed[…]

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Hard Thinking on Soft Skills

A recent report from Brookings explores the research behind and the challenges with schools taking up the responsibility of enhancing students’ soft skills. Below is a brief summary of the report and its recommendations: The nation’s PK-12 education ecosystem is poised to embrace programs intended to enhance soft skills. Soft skills are personal qualities other Read more about Hard Thinking on Soft Skills[…]

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The Paradox of Education: Learning Over Knowing

Heather McGowan has published an intriguing new article examining the need for a focus on learning, rather than knowing, in order to prepare students for the 21st century. A portion of her article is excerpted below: Students will have to be prepared to adapt and be more adept at critical thinking and problem-solving rather than Read more about The Paradox of Education: Learning Over Knowing[…]

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Getting Smart’s Seven Skills for Smart Cities (and States!)

Getting Smart is a website devoted to improving education in today’s rapidly changing and globally connected world. One recent initiative of Getting Smart is “Smart Cities that Work for Everyone.” This initiative offers recommendations for how leaders in cities, but also applicable in states overall, can help educate and prepare others for the rigors of Read more about Getting Smart’s Seven Skills for Smart Cities (and States!)[…]

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Darling-Hammond Launches New Research Think Tank

Well-known Stanford education reformer Dr. Linda Darling-Hammond has recently launched a new think tank to help reform American education, with a focus on deeper learning to equip students for the 21st century economy. The Learning Policy Institute has the backing of many large donors and has other notable education leaders on board, including Dr. Henry Read more about Darling-Hammond Launches New Research Think Tank[…]

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Overlooked Educators Key to Deeper Learning

In the world of ed-tech, STEM, and international comparisons, it can be easy to overlook art, music, and drama teachers; career and technical education instructors; and athletic coaches. Yet, as Peter Hofman argues persuasively, these are the very teachers who the most adept at “stimulating student performance and the complex tasks of evaluating substantive demonstrations Read more about Overlooked Educators Key to Deeper Learning[…]

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