21st Century Learning

21st Century Learning is a learning framework developed by the Partnership for 21st Century Skills that identifies six key elements for 21st Century Learning: (1) emphasis on core subjects, (2) emphasis on learning skills, (3) using 21st century tools to develop learning skills, (4) teaching and learning in a 21st century context, (5) teaching and learning 21st century content, and (6) using 21st century assessments that measure 21st century skills. Comprehensive support materials include guides for implementation, practice, self-assessment, and outcomes assessment.
Please note, there is no shortage of groups who have addressed 21st century learning, but P21 seems to have the most developed framework actually in use… Some publications below from diverse sources identify related ideas of essential learning for the 21st century…

Evidence Base for 21st Century Learning:
Articles and Websites
Partnership for 21st Century Skills: http://www.p21.org/ The Partnership for 21st Century Skills is a national organization that advocates for 21st century readiness for every student. The website provides tools and resources addressing the “4Cs” of 21st century learning (1) critical thinking and problem solving, (2) communication,(3)collaboration, (4) creativity and innovation. Sixteen states are currently participating in this model.

Council on 21st Century Learning: http://www.c21l.org/index.html Colorado-based council provides multiple K-12 resources on the 21st Century learning framework including support for 21st century adults & evaluation, professional learning communities, a 21st century learning blog, & promising practices video clips. A rubric on professional practice addresses four areas of practice (targets; assessments; experiences; environments), and can be combined with C21L’s classroom observation and building walkthrough forms to stimulate collegial discussion, professional learning, & planning.

Pusser, Brian and John Levin. “Re-imagining Community Colleges in the 21st Century: a Student-Centered Approach to Higher Education.” www.americanprogress.org, 2009. This report discusses the current landscape of community colleges, and recommends institutional, state and federal policies to facilitate student-centered transformational change in the following areas: training & credentialing, funding for college & financial aid for students, developmental education, transfer, infrastructure & technology, data collection, and common standards for assessment of student learning & institutional effectiveness.

Adelman, Cliff et.al. Degree Qualifications Profile. Indianapolis: Lumina Foundation for Education, 2011. The Degree Qualifications Profile is offered as a tool that proposes specific learning outcomes that benchmark the associates, bachelor’s, and master’s degrees earned in the U.S. A degree profile matrix addresses key areas of learning including specialized knowledge, broad, integrative knowledge, intellectual skills, applied learning, and civic learning.

Conley, David et. al. Understanding University Success: a Report from Standards for Success. Eugene: Center for Educational Policy Research at the University of Oregon, 2003. This report provides a comprehensive overview of knowledge and skills for university success in English, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, Social Sciences, Second Languages, and the Arts. Research to develop the standards was sponsored by the Association of American Universities, and the Pew Charitable Trusts.

Partnership for 21st Century Skills. P21 Common Core Toolkit: a Guide to Aligning the Common Core State Standards with the Framework for 21st Century Skills. Washington, D.C.: Partnership for 21st Century Skills, 2011. This toolkit contains an alignment overview, common core/P21 examples, common core resources, and assessment resources. Current and timely, it is an excellent planning resource that includes classroom-focused examples and sample lesson starters for both English Language Arts and Mathematics.

National Leadership Council for Liberal Education & America’s Promise. College Learning for the New Global Century. The Association of American Colleges and Universities. Washington D.C.: AACU, 2007. This report identifies essential learning outcomes, principals of excellence, and a guide to effective educational practices that address the aims and outcomes of a 21st century college education.