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21st Century Skills

Time Travel to the Past! Welcome to School

Roberta Michnick Golinkoff | Posted 09.05.2014 | Education
Roberta Michnick Golinkoff

As summer turns to fall and parents are buying children their new backpacks, it is time to think of how our schools work and whether they are inspiring true learning. The schools of today are largely those of our great-grandparents.

The Global Search for Education: How to Lead Well

C. M. Rubin | Posted 09.01.2014 | Education
C. M. Rubin

How do you they lead their people well and subsequently bring about change on a global scale? Andy Hargreaves, Alan Boyle and Alma Harris conducted an extensive seven-year global research study that focused on fifteen high-performing organizations in business, sports and education to find out the answers to these questions.

Labor Day: Upholding the Promise of Opportunity

Thomas E. Perez | Posted 08.29.2014 | Politics
Thomas E. Perez

This Labor Day, let's remember that hardworking men and women are the backbone of our country, and let's redouble our efforts to uphold our nation's great promise to them: that if you work hard and play by the rules, you can make it in America.

Fostering Independence at Home, Using Lessons from Camp

Mitch and Stephanie Reiter | Posted 08.25.2014 | Parents
Mitch and Stephanie Reiter

As many children head back-to-school, how can we continue to nurture self-confidence, independence and grit from the home front?

Pondering the Future of Learning

Marcus T. Wright | Posted 08.21.2014 | Education
Marcus T. Wright

The biggest question on my mind -- and I'm sure on the mind of many others -- is simply, what is the future of learning? Not necessarily education. While I think that the conversation on education has been interesting and very necessary, my focus lies on the concept of learning itself.

The Global Search for Education: Creative China

C. M. Rubin | Posted 08.10.2014 | Education
C. M. Rubin

Jiang Xueqin believes that the very best American institutions of learning have "a culture and tradition of openness, diversity, and risk-taking that China must emulate if China is to progress as a society and as a culture."

The Global Search for Education: The Middle East

C. M. Rubin | Posted 08.05.2014 | Education
C. M. Rubin

"The need for 21st century human capital is creating new pressure on the existing education systems to be effective and fully capable of catering to ...

Beyond the Bubble Test: Why We Need Performance Assessments

Linda Darling-Hammond | Posted 09.14.2014 | Education
Linda Darling-Hammond

Students abroad who engage in these experiences are learning to become scientists, researchers, and innovators. U.S. students will fall behind if they continue to spend their time perfecting the art of choosing one answer out of five -- a skill they will never use in the real world -- rather than engaging in more useful work.

The Global Search for Education: Head, Heart, Soul, and Frankenstein

C. M. Rubin | Posted 09.11.2014 | Education
C. M. Rubin

Education thought leaders around the world speak to the need for more innovative projects like the workshop being done this week at Teacher's College. To find out more, I reached out to the visiting teachers, students and leaders.

To Close the Achievement Gap, We Need to Close the Teaching Gap

Linda Darling-Hammond | Posted 08.30.2014 | Education
Linda Darling-Hammond

Ignored by our current education policies are the facts that one in four American children lives below the poverty line and a growing number are homeless, without regular access to food or health care, and stressed by violence and drug abuse around them. Educators now spend a great deal of their time trying to help children and families in their care manage these issues, while they also seek to close skill gaps and promote learning.

Poorly Used Technology: The Workbook?

Rob Furman | Posted 08.27.2014 | Education
Rob Furman

We need teachers to be creating real world, performance based experiences for our students that incorporate the latest technology while learning 21st century skills.

The Global Search for Education: East vs. West -- News from Malaysia

C. M. Rubin | Posted 08.23.2014 | Education
C. M. Rubin

In a complex, diverse and economically burgeoning society, the current challenges facing the Malaysian education system are considerable.

Why Reinvention Is the Word of the Moment

Russell C. Smith | Posted 07.06.2014 | Impact
Russell C. Smith

Reinvention has unseated innovation as the it word for our times. If you spend any time at all looking for it, you'll notice it's everywhere.

The Global Search for Education: Teacher Education

C. M. Rubin | Posted 06.08.2014 | Education
C. M. Rubin

"The 21st century "movement" refers to the redefining of the goals of education and how learning is organized in order to meet the demands of the 21s...

Becoming a Global Kid: Stories of Change

Evie Hantzopoulos | Posted 05.05.2014 | Impact
Evie Hantzopoulos

Through a special project documenting the stories and experiences of 25 of our alumni who now range in age from 19 - 43, I am hearing of the profound impact of our collective work at Global Kids over the years.

New Currency for Educators: Time

Rob Furman | Posted 05.04.2014 | Education
Rob Furman

So one of the first things you hear about when discussing 21st-century skills is collaboration. The idea of working together to better the experience ...

Is Information a 21st Century Value?

Naphtali Hoff | Posted 04.26.2014 | Education
Naphtali Hoff

A few years back, I came across a fascinating article about the impact that the Internet has had on the way that people read. The author, Nicholas Car...

Computer Science Is Not a Foreign Language

Stacie Nevadomski Berdan | Posted 04.22.2014 | Education
Stacie Nevadomski Berdan

Allowing computer science to replace foreign language credits may actually hinder a student's ability to get into competitive colleges that are increasingly requiring students to have taken two to three years of a foreign language in high school.

Creativity and Science: The Perfect Couple

Jayme Cellitioci | Posted 04.20.2014 | Science
Jayme Cellitioci

Alongside a national agenda to increase STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) literacy, there is a parallel track of growing attention being placed on creativity.

Make a New Year's Resolution to Learn a New Professional Skill

Danny Groner | Posted 02.19.2014 | Technology
Danny Groner

ReadWrite's Lauren Orsini provides an excellent summary of how, in 2013, more people flocked to Web-based resources to learn the basics to coding. Not...

Closing the Opportunity Gap

Alex Wirth | Posted 01.25.2014 | Impact
Alex Wirth

This month's release of the Opportunity Nation index highlighted a figure we should all be concerned about: 5.8 million young people ages 16-24, one in every seven, are neither working or in school.

The Global Search for Education: Japan

C. M. Rubin | Posted 11.20.2013 | Impact
C. M. Rubin

Many consider Japanese primary and junior secondary level education to be exceptional, yet Manabu Sato believes the quality of his country's senior secondary and higher education is questionable.

15 Apps, Games, and Sites to Start the School Year Right

Common Sense Media | Posted 10.22.2013 | Parents
Common Sense Media

From letter writing and counting to quadratic equations and the water cycle, these enriching activities help kids build a range of essential academic and 21st-century skills -- and have fun at the same time!

Congress' Chance to Help Students Get 21st Century Skills

Jennifer Peck | Posted 09.21.2013 | Politics
Jennifer Peck

At the local level, it has become increasingly clear that as states, districts, and schools are raising standards and increasing their focus on graduating students that are prepared for college and careers, there is a need to build capacity within the education system.

Soft Skills Are 'Hard As a Rock'

Lydia Dobyns | Posted 09.02.2013 | College
Lydia Dobyns

I must admit I'm perplexed about the controversy over whether so-called "soft skills" such as work ethic, collaboration and critical thinking should be taught in school. This debate should be a non-starter. What's so soft about skills valued by Fortune 500 companies?