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Engaging Parents & Families in Language Learning: Lessons Learned the DCPS Way

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Scholars have long known that learning multiple languages benefits overall academic achievement. Research dating back as early as the 1960s demonstrates the positive impact of studying another language on cognitive function.

The Digital Citizenship Curriculum: Digital Literacy, Cyber Hygiene and More

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From cyberbullying to cybersecurity, digital citizenship lessons help students navigate the internet effectively. P21 Blog

Are Students Engaged?

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We know that engagement is key to moving the needle on student achievement. But is it an elusive intangible or an indicator that can be strategically levered for improvement? What can we learn about engagement from the students themselves? P21 Blog

Does your work net-work?

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Sharing our most promising ideas or strategies is great, but often we leave so much of the thinking behind our work invisible thereby severely limiting collaboration. As NTN has explored formal improvement science with our schools, some practical tools have surfaced.

5 Costly Inventory Management Mistakes Schools Should Avoid

If your school is like most, inventory and/or asset management plays a critical role in daily operations.

Educating the Whole Child in the Philippines

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A team from P21 spent two days sharing insights about 21st century skills and project-based learning at the Annual Educators Conference in Manila. P21 Blog

Developing a School Where All Learners Can Flourish as Innovators

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Schools, and school leaders, face enormous pressure to empower students to succeed in post-secondary education, prepare for careers we can’t yet imagine, and address challenges in their communities with innovative thinking. This is no easy task and there are no guaranteed roadmaps to follow – every learning community is one-of-a-kind, every school is defined by the people who live, learn and work within its bounds.

From PBL to PBD: Next Steps for Project Based Learning

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Project Based Learning (PBL) has reached escape velocity. The small movement that began in the U.S. twenty years ago is rapidly becoming the teaching method of choice (and the hot topic of discussion) in virtually every country. P21 Blog

How a Chinese Public School Promotes Global Social Justice

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For-profit private primary and secondary schools have proliferated in the major cities throughout China since the 1990s. The rapid expansion of the test preparation industry has been even more intense.

Animals, Imaginative Play & Finding Joy In Nature: 3 Inspirations from Healthy Afterschool

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Since this is my first article on the P21 blog, let me introduce myself. I’m Daniel - the Director of Community Partnerships at the Alliance for a Healthier Generation. My world revolves around the dream of all 10.2

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Emphasizing Understanding Builds Better Projects

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Designing and planning your first (or second or third) project can definitely be a challenging prospect. It takes time and intention to figure out how to expand learning beyond the walls of the classroom, involve experts in the field, and mimic the work adults do in the world outside of school.

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The Power of the iPad: Using Tablet Tech to Improve Student Performance

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Integrating iPad tablets into the classroom is becoming commonplace in schools all across the country. Statistics show that from as early as kindergarten all the way up to medical school , utilizing iPads for coursework and lessons make students more efficient learners. P21 Blog

Skills For Today Week Celebrates 21C Learning

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P21, like all mission-driven organizations, operates under certain core beliefs. P21 Blog

Framework Facelift

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With the upsurge in new methods of news sharing- real, fake, and personal- on social media streams, P21 is often asked why the Framework for 21st Century Learning does not address these “new” issues. P21 Blog

Five Elements for Differentiation of the 21st Century Learner

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In a high school English classroom in Arizona, students work in established teams to tackle assignments. The teacher, Mr. Maier, coaches them on how to support each other through a variety of communication and collaboration strategies, such as the Harkness Discussion.

Advocating for Equal Learning Opportunities

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During a classroom visit to an early learning center, a little girl tapped me on the hand and introduced herself. P21 Blog

Reflection Bingo: A Strategy for Reflection, Connection, and Sharing

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My district is one of the lucky districts that had the week before Christmas off (shopping was completed, parties attended, and I was rested!) which meant that we had to return the day after New Year for our professional learning.

Developing Natural Curiosity

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As we move into the latter half of this decade, it becomes more evident that 21st Century Skills must be deeply embedded in the authentic experiences we design for our learners. It wasn’t that long ago when we were introduced to P21 and their concepts of 21st Century Skills in education. P21 Blog

Aligning the 10 Building Blocks for Future Ready Schools

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A growing number of schools are recognizing that they must start transitioning their learning environments toward deeper learning, greater student agency, more authentic work, and robust technology infusion.

Empower Student Voice through Collaboration and Communication

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When my son was a 9th grader, he was on a team with a student who struggled with completing tasks. After a week, my son shared the team’s frustrations, as they felt helpless to convince the student to move past excuses and make attempts at the work.

Community Partnership: Every Contribution Counts

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We feel fortunate at P21 to work with a national network of Exemplar schools and learning centers that are anchored in best practices of 21st Century teaching and learning. That’s why we used our research on the network to form the structure of our Patterns of Innovation conference , set for March 27-28 in Napa, California. P21 Blog

The Road to Global Competence Starts in the Classroom

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During Skills for Today Week, we shared what drives us: our students. We are thrilled to dive a bit deeper into how we do this work, today focusing on how the DC Public Schools (DCPS) Global Education team is scaling global experiences to reach a greater number of students through classroom-focused initiatives. P21 Blog

Skills for Today: Digital Literacy & The Importance of the 4Cs in a Global Context

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Kids are growing up with smartphones in their hands, developing their own apps, programming robots and creating online personas. Indeed, technology is prevalent in nearly every facet of children’s lives, including at school where they’re often using technology tools to enhance their learning.

WHAT WE KNOW ABOUT THE 4CS

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The Skills for Today Research series is jointly produced by Pearson and P21. Each paper summarizes what is currently known about teaching and assessing one of the 4Cs: Collaboration, critical thinking, creativity, and communication. Our partnership on this series signifies a commitment to helping educators, policymakers, and employers understand how best to support students in developing the skills needed to succeed in college, career, and life. P21 Blog

Patterns of Innovation: Pixar in a Box

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How many times have you heard a student ask some form of the question “why do I need to learn this”? It’s sometimes difficult to come up with an answer that seems grounded in something meaningful to the student. P21 Blog

Skills for Today: Cultivate Passion, Purpose, Hope Along with 4Cs to Grow Global Citizens

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South Bronx educator Stephen Ritz routinely welcomes visitors from around the world to the awe-inspiring learning space he has designed atop a 100-year-old New York schoolhouse.

Reflections on Early Learning Tuesday

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P21 joined 21st Century Learning Exemplar Goddard School Hillsborough for an action-packed day two of Skills for Today Week. In addition to the "show" aspect where we highlighted the early learning environment in action, P21 is also proud to offer a free Framework and Guide to educators and policymakers who are considering, or are in the process, of integrating 21st century skills into their early learning programs.

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Building a Better World: Six Strategies for Engaging the Sustainable Development Goals in the Classroom

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There is an increasingly diverse, passionate network of educators around the world who are using the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as a foundational framework for global education in their classrooms. By themselves, the SDGs may seem too complex and abstract for students, particularly at the younger grades, but they provide a roadmap toward global understanding for any classroom that engages them authentically.

Do You Code for Health? 4 Ideas for Computer Science Education Week (and one request)

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Technology is one of the many ways we can promote indoor physical activity. Especially on snowy, icy and rainy days. If you’ve seen our resource STEM and Wellness: A Powerful Equation for Equity, finding intentional linkages between technology and physical activity can ensure children stay active and have exposure to essential 21st Century skills. P21 Blog

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21st Century Learning in New Zealand

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In late September 2017, an impressive international study by the Economist of how 80 nations were doing in preparing students for the future found New Zealand #1. Fortuitously, I was about to join a CoSN delegation to New Zealand to study education innovation there.

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Top 10 Ways to Make your Projects More Authentic

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Each spring, similar versions of the same snarky joke make their way around Twitter: “Every tax season I thank my math teacher for spending so much time in high school on the Pythagorean Theorem!” This is the slightly more mature version of the teenage complaint that teachers are all too familiar with–”When will I ever use this in real life?”. P21 Blog

Global Schools Network to Launch

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Five years ago I spent a few days working in a small neighborhood school in Santiago in the Dominican Republic. The kids were bright and happy. The teachers engaged and passionate about learning. The rooms were filled with desks, chairs, tables, pencils, and books - the usual trappings of learning. On the ground floor, a computer lab filled with shiny equipment saw overflow business. P21 Blog

Global Competency: Why Does it Matter?

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Happy Skills for Today Week! The DC Public Schools (DCPS) Global Education team has been excited to spend the week celebrating the many ways we can empower our students to be prepared for success in college, career and life—and for us, a big part of preparing for that success means preparing to be globally competent. As a district, we’ve invested in many of the skills highlighted this week, from early learning to out of school (beyond school) time.

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Is it Time for a Fifth C?

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In late November I spent three days working at the inaugural Global Education Summit in Beijing. P21 Blog

It’s Time to Move PBL into the World

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Is there any educator in the world who wouldn’t want their students to demonstrate the following qualities: Committed, Creative, Confident, Courageous, and Curious ? Or to see students leave school at the end of the term and describe themselves as Skillful, Passionate , and Humble ? Or have students working hard to make communities happier ? P21 Blog

Struggling to make teacher professional development inspiring? Start with students.

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Teachers are great at juggling a long list of priorities: students, curriculum, assessment, test scores, parents, their own continuous development—to name just a few. But above all, they love their students and care about their welfare and education. Since students are their number one concern, a certain fatigue sets in when teachers have to spend time on anything that does not relate directly to their students.

Teaching Truth Seekers in the 21st Century

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If there is one skill needed for students today it is training truth seekers a.k.a media literacy and digital citizenship. P21 Blog

Design Thinking or PBL: A Chicken/Egg Scenario

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A few months ago there was a great conversation, during a Twitter chat, hosted by #MeritKCI and involving educators who frequent the #dtk12chat. Embedded in the tweets from that chat was the relationship between Design Thinking (DT) and PBL. A blog post that was referenced was written back in 2012 by Ewan Mcintosh of Notosh.com. P21 Blog

P21 Welcomes 16 new P21 Exemplars to the network and family!

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5 Early Learning. 5 K12 Schools. 4 Beyond School. 2 Districts. P21 Blog

Using Open Educational Resources (OER) to Differentiate for the 21st Century Learner

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Finding quality resources is a challenge. Finding quality resources that are free and can be customized without copyright concerns is the dream. When it comes to financial support of education, not all schools are equal.

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