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21st Century Initiative

Page history last edited by Mr. Hanson 11 years, 3 months ago

21st CENTURY SKILLS IN KANSAS

 

"Kansas is focused on creating opportunities for stakeholders to work together to ensure student success by looking at more than the current content area measures of learning and identifying new ways to measure success that incorporate the skills and competencies students will need to live, learn, and thrive in a 21st century environment that demands innovation and creativity.

 

Accelerating technological advances, a rapidly changing knowledge base, an interconnected workforce, and an increasingly global society have combined to create the need for students to develop essential 21st century skills. The Partnership for 21st Century Skills brings together the business community, education leaders, and policymakers to define a powerful vision for 21st century education to ensure every child’s success as a citizen and a worker in the 21st century."

 

-Kansas State Department of Education

 

 

As stated above, the need for schools to change has never been greater.  As an institution, education is one of the slowest to change.  The 21st Century Initiative was started to help schools make the change from the industrial model most schools still follow, designed to help students prepare for a factory-based or agricultural workforce that is largely non-existent today, to the creative and innovative thinking centers students will need in order to learn to work collaboratively, solve problems, and work in jobs yet to come into existence. 

 

The Kansas State Board of Education has set these specific goals for Kansas schools:

  • Redesign the delivery system to meet our students’ changing needs. 
  • Provide an effective educator in every classroom.
  • Ensure a visionary and effective leader in every school.
  • Improve communication with all constituent groups and policy partners

 

Resources:

Profiles of the 21st Century Learner

2009 MILE Guide:  Milestones for Improving Learning and Education

Partnership for 21st Century Skills

Eduvision:  Videos of 21st Century Classrooms at work

*DISCLAIMER:  Some of the videos featured on Eduvision are not very good examples of 21st Century classrooms.  When you watch, look for 21st Century themes and higher order thinking embedded.  

NETS-S Interactive Wiki

ISTE/NETS Standards

Edutopia (George Lucas Education Foundation):  What Works in Education Video Series

Getting Started (pdf)

 

 

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