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21st-Century Learning Resource Released

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The Partnership for 21st Century Skills has released yet another resource for educators to help evaluate and improve the integration of 21st-century skills into the classroom. On the heels of releasing its Implementation Guides, which are designed to offer guidance to state-level policymakers and leaders on best practices for building standards, assessments, curriculum and instruction, professional development and learning environments, the organization recently released the Milestones for Improving Learning and Education Guide for use at the district and school level.

The guide includes a self-assessment to help districts or schools determine whether they are in the early, transitional, or 21st-century stage in a handful of categories, and tips to help implement policies that will support further inclusion of 21st-century skills with specific examples of what has worked for states and districts. The guide aims to be a practical, hands-on tool for educators. You can send away for a hard copy of the guide for $10, or download it for free here.

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This is a terrific resource for schools! I happen to work in the secondary system and it is enormously applicable to efforts to integrate good pedagogy with the use of tehcnology. The self assessment is a great tool to help systems openly discuss and determine where they currently are and where they wish to go. I am pleased to see that issues such as educational leadership, the education support system, and strategic planning are included in the assessment.

And notice all legislators??!! Life and career skills are 21st Century skills, not just achievement of passing rates on a high stakes test!!

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