USDoE - United States Department of Education

This is a unique public-private organization formed in 2002. The pdf begins with a letter to America’s education leaders.
It is a collective vision for education and a framework for action. MILE (Milestones for Improving Learning and Education). “Accelerating technological change, rapidly accumulating knowledge, increasing global competition and rising workforce capabilities around the world make 21st century skills essential.”
There is a gap between what the students learn in school and what they will need in their 21st century lives. Providing tools not more rhetoric, building consensus in
public and private sector.

They identified what has made the way people work and live differently: economic, technological, informational, demographic and political forces. AND change and the rate of change will continue to accelerate.
Multitasking, multifaceted, technology-driven, diverse, vibrant world
Basic literacy is more than basic reading, writing and computing skills – it is how to use knowledge and skills in the context of modern life. Alvin Toffler=”The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn and relearn.”
Still stuck in NCLB

Identify six key elements for fostering learning in 21st century:
1. Build on core subjects – from NCLB, English, reading or language arts, mathematics, science, foreign languages, civics, government, economics, arts, history and geography.
2. Emphasize learning skills-need to know how to keep learning: information and communication skills, thinking and problem-solving skills, and interpersonal and self-directional skills.
3. Use 21st century tools to develop learning skills. – digital tools to access, manage, integrate and evaluate information, construct new knowledge, and communicate with others.
4. Teach and learn in a 21st century context – real-world examples, applications, and experiences both inside and outside of school. In a global world – expand beyond the classroom walls. Reduce boundaries that divide schools from real world experiences.
5. Teach and learn 21st century content: global awareness; financial, economic and business literacy; and civic literacy.
6. Use 21st century assessments that measure 21st century skills: use of new information technologies to increase efficiency and timeliness of assessments

Nine Steps to Build Momentum
  • 1. Embrace vision that includes 21st century skills
  • 2. Align leadership, management and resources with educational goals
  • 3. Use this tool to assess where schools are now
  • 4. Develop priorities for 21st century skills
  • 5. Develop a professional development plan for 21st century skills
  • 6. Make sure students have equitable access to 21st century education
  • 7. Begin developing assessments to measure progress in 21st century skills
  • 8. Collaborate with outside partners
  • 9. Plan collectively and strategically for the future

Defining the Need for Change: Today’s jobs may be obsolete tomorrow. We need to become lifelong learners. Schools without access to and integration of technology into their coursework will be considered antiquated and irrelevant. The need to adapt a deeper understanding of how people learn.
1. Use prior knowledge to teach new concepts
2. Need a deep foundation of knowledge etc in order to retrieve and apply it
3. Metacognitive approach helps students take control of learning and monitor progress and achievement

Eighth grade is the cutoff for students being technologically savvy
The more content taught early on, the more they learn and better they perform later
There is a long list of schools and their url’s that describe how they have integrated 21st century skills into their academic standards.

Big6 information literacy = by Eisenberg and Berkowitz