21st Century Skills Training Overview

21st Century Skills

This Framework describes the skills, knowledge, and expertise Community Members must master to succeed in work and life; it is a blend of content knowledge, special skills, expertise, and literacies.

Within the context of core 21st Century Skills, Community Members must also learn the essential skills for success in today’s world, such as critical thinking, problem solving, communication and collaboration.

Core subjects include English, reading or language arts, world languages, arts, mathematics, economics, science, geography, history, government, and civics.

Today, we live in a technology and media-driven environment, marked by access to an abundance
of information, rapid changes in technology tools and the ability to collaborate and make individual contributions on an unprecedented scale. Effective citizens and workers must be able to exhibit a range of functional and critical thinking skills, such as:
• Information Literacy
• Media Literacy
• ICT (Information, Communications and Technology) Literacy

Life and Career Skills
Today’s life and work environments require far more than thinking skills and content knowledge.The ability to navigate the complex life and work environments in the globally competitive information age requires students to pay rigorous attention to developing adequate life and career skills, such as:
• Flexibility and Adaptability
• Initiative and Self-Direction
• Social and Cross-Cultural Skills
• Productivity and Accountability
• Leadership and Responsibility

Core Subjects:

  • Global Awareness
  • Financial, Economic, Business and Entrepreneurial Literacy
  • Civic Literacy
  • Health Literacy
  • Environmental Literacy
  • Learning and Innovation Skills – Learning and innovation skills are what separate students who are prepared for increasingly complex life and work environments in today’s world and those who are not.They include:
    •  Creativity and Innovation
    • Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
    • Communication and Collaboration
    • Information, Media and Technology Skills

Developing a comprehensive framework for 21st century learning requires more than identifying speci c skills, content knowledge, expertise and literacies. An innovative support system must be created to help students master the multi-dimensional abilities that will be required of them.The Partnership has identi ed ve critical support systems to ensure student mastery of 21st century skills:
• 21st Century Standards
• Assessments of 21st Century Skills
• 21st Century Curriculum and Instruction • 21st Century Professional Development • 21st Century Learning Environments