21st-Century Skills

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A collection of curricular resources and articles about the skills needed for the 21st century.

Articles and Resources

A new publication by Asia Society and Policy Studies Associates describes the strategies of and lessons learned from three urban school systems using improvement science to advance 21st century competency development.
In this article, Christina Russell describes how school systems are creating practices that develop and strengthen students' 21st-century competencies.
Educators around the world are rethinking the ways in which they prepare students for learning, work, and citizenship in a global society.
"Language is a currency for trust, and respect; it provides bricks and mortar for building an ability to explore the beauty of diverse cultures, traditions, and historical perspectives."
Heather Clydesdale on how the pedagogical approaches that world language teachers have been using for years bear striking similarities to the Common Core.
Amelia Peterson and Jal Mehta are investigating the learning experiences of participants in international learning communities, including Asia Society's Global Cities Education Network.
"Non-cognitive" skills such as critical thinking and creativity are just as vital as traditional skills in helping 21st century students.
Worldwide, there is a mismatch between the skills needed for open positions in the labor market and those of available workers. Vivien Stewart shares what the world's largest education system is doing to raise the quality of its workforce.
Components of effective curricula for Chinese language instruction and curriculum resources available from CELIN and presentations at the ACTFL 2015 conference.
The American cities of New York, Denver, and Seattle, as well as the Asian cities of Singapore, Hiroshima, Shanghai, and Seoul, share their strategies and challenges in integrating 21st-century competencies into their school systems.
Dr. Tony Jackson highlights need to develop students’ 21st century skills and global competence in keynote to the 18th annual OECD Japan Seminar in Tokyo.
Dr. James Heckman believes that non-cognitive skills are crucial to educational success.
The Future of Education in Asia brought together leaders from education, business, and policy to discuss connections between the educational investments and economic growth in Asia, with a keynote by Nobel Laureate Dr. James Heckman.
Educating for Citizenship in a Global World
Apprenticeships can engage students, prepare them with 21st century skills for high-demand, high-skilled jobs, and allow them to pursue higher education and training. Switzerland has one of the best models in the world.
A brief explainer on one of the world's most important education initiatives
A Rosetta Stone for Noncognitive Skills describes the Big Five factors that can be used by educators to develop noncognitive skills.
Workforce development in afterschool and summer programs prepares youth for the 21st century.


The Power of Global Competence
School leaders, teachers, and students discuss the importance of global competence.
TEQ Series #7: Xi Sun's Kindergarten Novice-mid Immersion Chinese Class
As part of Asia Society's Instructional Videos for Chinese Language Teachers: TEQ Series, this video features an edited 30-minute classroom lesson interspersed with commentary and paired with a lesson plan and interviews.
Student Panel: Deeper Learning Through Global Competence
 /  New York
Marc Chun of the Hewlett Foundation moderates a student panel at Asia Society's 2014 Partnership for Global Learning Conference.
Asia Society Schools

Asia Society has a network of nearly 30 schools throughout the country whose trademark is educational excellence and global innovation. Learn more! (4 min., 32 sec.)

'We're Not Trying to Create Experts'
Brandeis University President Jehuda Reinharz explains what he sees as the purpose of a liberal arts education.
Afterschool Language Learning

Delia Pompa (National Council of La Raza) discusses the opportunities and benefits of learning languages in afterschool programs. (3 min., 57 sec.)