Two national organizations have created a framework to help teachers instill skills they see as needed to succeed in an information-driven global workplace.
The 21st Century Skills and English Map, released last month by the Partnership for 21st Century Skills and the National Council of Teachers of English, provides examples of how complex competencies, such as critical thinking, can be integrated into the English/language arts curriculum.
Various groups have called for increased attention to developing a range of social, intellectual, and life skills in students.
“By providing lesson examples that combine core skills like critical thinking, creativity, and innovation with interdisciplinary themes (civic, economic and entrepreneurial literacy, and global awareness),” the guide says, “the map provides concrete examples of how to align teaching and learning to the demands of the 21st century.”
The framework includes ideas for incorporating multimedia materials into lessons, and building students’ creativity, research skills, and collaborative capabilities.
A version of this article appeared in the December 10, 2008 edition of Education Week