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

High-quality afterschool programming leverages hands-on learning experiences and community connections to prepare youth for success in college and the workforce.
Asia Society convened a working group with several Statewide Afterschool Networks to create issue briefs that make the case that afterschool programs prepare youth to fully participate in our global economy.
A picture is worth a thousand words—or thousands of data points. See our infographic series derived from Mapping the Nation data.
Shanghai's “Four Traditionals” and “Eight Moderns” which the U.S. education system could adapt.
Q&A with Teach For All's Wendy Kopp
What graduates know and can do if they graduate from an Asia Society-affiliated school.
A new report on how to measure creativity, collaboration, and other 21st century competencies.
A definition, performance outcomes, and rubrics for educators and students.
A new interactive map, featuring one million data points, shows American schools are preparing students for the past, not the future.
A rationale for why and how to make science education global in nature.
Brandon Busteed, Executive Director of Gallup Education, says schools need to focus on knowledge construction, real-world problem-solving, collaboration, self-regulation, skilled communication, technology, and global awareness.
A new short video explores Asia Society's growing Chinese language programs and the impact they have on schoolchildren in the United States.
The business world develops engaged and innovative employees by building achievement and performance—and how schools can do the same.
Teachers are nation builders. How do we know they are effective—and how can we support them?
Our picks for great global reads for children—and some tips on how to build literacy skills.
Learning isn't limited to the school day. Expand your thinking on expanded learning time.
One school network raised graduation rates to 97 percent through smart partnerships. Learn how.


School leaders, teachers, and students discuss the importance of global competence.
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.
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Marc Chun of the Hewlett Foundation moderates a student panel at Asia Society's 2014 Partnership for Global Learning Conference.

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.)

Brandeis University President Jehuda Reinharz explains what he sees as the purpose of a liberal arts education.

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