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Partnership for 21st Century Skills

The Partnership for 21st Century Skills (P21) has emerged as the leading advocacy organization focused on infusing 21st century skills into education. The organization 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 citizens and workers in the 21st century. NEA is a member of the P21 Strategic Council, represented by Executive Director John Wilson.

P21 encourages schools, districts and states to advocate for the infusion of 21st century skills into education and provides tools and resources to help facilitate and drive change.

The Partnership for 21st Century Skills believes schools must move beyond a focus on basic competency in core subjects to promoting understanding of academic content at much higher levels by weaving 21st century interdisciplinary themes into core subjects such as Global Awareness, defined as:

  • Using 21st century skills to understand and address global issues
  • Learning from and working collaboratively with individuals representing diverse cultures, religions and lifestyles in a spirit of mutual respect and open dialogue in personal, work, and community contexts
  • Understanding other nations and cultures, including the use of non-English languages

Route 21

To help education leaders implement 21st century teaching and learning, the Partnership for 21st Century Skills has developed Route 21 an online, one-stop shop for 21st century skills-related information, resources and community tools.

Route 21 showcases how 21st century skills can be supported through standards, assessments, professional development, and teaching and learning. The site represents the go-to online resource for high-quality content, best practices, relevant reports, articles, and research to assist practitioners in implementing 21st century teaching and learning outcomes.

Web 2.0 features allow users to tag, rank, organize, collect, and share Route 21 content based on their personal interests. Individuals will continuously update the site with relevant examples as well as share their reactions and insights on implementation of 21st century skills in their state, district, or school.