21st Century Skills

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College & Workforce Readiness What the Research Says Beyond the Carnegie Unit: Schools Are Already Testing Ways to Measure 'Durable' Skills
If you want students to learn to collaborate, organize, be creative, and communicate, you have to measure it.
Sarah D. Sparks, November 21, 2023
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Future of Work Opinion How Will AI Automation Affect Career and Technical Education?
It’s always been important to get education right for all students, but the arrival of ChatGPT means it’s now more important than ever.
Rick Hess, May 25, 2023
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Future of Work What Skills Should Students Learn in an AI-Powered World?
Five ed-tech company founders discussed how AI will likely change what and how students will learn in school.
Lauraine Langreo, April 18, 2023
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Curriculum Opinion Data Science Is the Future. Let's Start Teaching It
The subject needs to be part of rigorous math prep leading to college and careers, argues Freakonomics author Steven D. Levitt.
Steven D. Levitt, January 7, 2022
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College & Workforce Readiness Spotlight Spotlight on Critical Thinking 2021
This Spotlight will help you determine ways your district can integrate critical thinking into curriculum and more.
October 6, 2021
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Future of Work Top U.S. Companies: These Are the Skills Students Need in a Post-Pandemic World
Blue Cross Blue Shield, Delta, Apple, and others make the case for schools to help students develop resilience, adaptability, and empathy.
Mark Lieberman, March 2, 2021
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College & Workforce Readiness Microsoft, Verizon, and Other Big U.S. Companies Design Their Ideal High School Courses
Education Week asked executives from some of the biggest and fastest-growing companies to design their ideal high school class.
Michelle R. Davis, February 4, 2020
23 min read
College & Workforce Readiness Students' 'Dream Jobs' Out of Sync With Emerging Economy
A new 41-country study by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development finds that students’ career expectations are stuck in the last century.
Sarah D. Sparks, January 22, 2020
6 min read
College & Workforce Readiness Teens Feel Ready for College, But Not So Much for Work
High schoolers believe that their educational experience is getting them ready for college. But they're less certain that their coursework is preparing them for the world of work.
Alyson Klein, September 24, 2019
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Curriculum Can Media Literacy Combat 'Truth Decay'? What Teachers Should Know
A new RAND Corporation report found that there isn't universal agreement on which skills are part of media literacy—making it difficult to evaluate and compare educational programs.
Sarah Schwartz, July 11, 2019
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Science Opinion How to Engage All Students in STEM
Many resources are available to help engage all students in STEM learning and help them persist in STEM careers.
Heather Singmaster, July 9, 2019
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International Opinion Bringing Global Education to Rural Communities
Guest blogger Ryan Hauck shares lessons for providing rural schools with access to global education.
Ryan Hauck, July 3, 2019
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Classroom Technology Opinion Teaching Empathy Through Documentary Films
Teaching through documentary film can open students up to other's points of view. Guest bloggers from BYkids share tips and resources.
Holly Carter & Zoe Barnstone-Clark, July 1, 2019
5 min read
Teaching Opinion Three Ways to Inspire 21st-Century Global Makers
Guest author Eduardo Caballero shares how maker education can teach 21st-century skills through a global lens.
Eduardo Caballero, June 24, 2019
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