About 21st Century Skills
Mission and Vision
Why They Are Needed
-- The World Is Changing
-- Global Competition
-- Different Skills Required
-- Education Must Change
Why They Are Important
-- Closing the Gap
What They Are
-- Core Subjects
-- Learning and Innovation Skills
-- Information Media and Technology Skills
-- Life and Career Skills
What Minnesotans Can Do
21st Century Schools
Advisory Council
News and Announcements
Upcoming Presentations
Contact Us
Support Systems


About 21st Century Skills

The Partnership for 21st Century Skills has developed a unified, collective vision for 21st century learning that will strengthen American education. The Partnership created the Framework for 21st Century Learning, which describes the skills, knowledge and expertise students must master to succeed in work and life. Only when a school or district combines the framework with 21st century professional development, assessments and standards can the American public be sure that high school graduates are prepared to thrive in today’s global economy.

Twenty-first century skills represent the necessary student outcomes for the 21st century, that is, students need to obtain Learning and Innovation Skills (creativity and innovation, critical thinking and problem solving, etc.), Information, Media and Technology Skills, Core Subjects and 21st Century Themes (global awareness, financial literacy, etc.), and Life and Career Skills (initiative and self-direction, among others)—the colored parts of the rainbow. These skills are aligned with the 2007 International Society for Technology in Education National Educational Technology Standards for students, teachers and administrators.

21st Century Student Outcomes and Support Systems

The elements in the rainbow are the skills, knowledge and expertise students should master to succeed in work and life in the 21st century.