Partnership for 21st Century Skills
NEA is a founding member of the Partnership for 21st Century Skills, a national advocacy organization that encourages schools, districts, and states to infuse technology into education -- and provides tools and resources to facilitate that effort.
The six elements of 21st century learning are:
- Emphasize core subjects
- Emphasize learning skills
- Use 21st century tools to develop learning skills
- Teach and learn in a 21st century context
- Teach and learn new 21st century content
- Use 21st century assessments that measure core subjects and 21st century skills
The partnership, chaired by NEA Executive Director John Wilson, includes a range of business partners (Time Warner, Ford, Microsoft, Cisco Systems, Dell, Verizon, SAS, and more), various education-related organizations (American Association of School Librarians, American Federation of Teachers, Educational Testing Service, Pearson Education, and others), foundations (Intel Foundation and Oracle Education Foundation) and media groups (Corporation for Public Broadcasting, Cable in the Classroom, and more). Visit the Partnership for 21st Century Skills Web site for a full list of partners.
Resources Developed by the Partnership
- Route 21: An Interactive Guide to 21st Century Learning - Web tool that provides a one-stop-shop for 21st century skills-related information, resources, and community tools.
- Partnership for 21st Century Skills (P21) FAQ - Frequently asked questions.
- Tools and Resources - Information to help educators fuse the three Rs and four Cs.
- Results That Matter: 21st Century Skills and High School Reform - This March 2006 report from The Partnership for 21st Century Skills presents three fundamental ideas about high school reform.
- Global Competence Is a 21st Century Imperative (PDF)
2010 NEA policy brief.
- An Educator’s Guide to the “Four Cs”
Four specific skills are most important for preparing students to succeed in the 21st Century: critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and creativity. NEA developed this guide to help K-12 educators incorporate these ideas into their instruction.