Module 2:

21st Century Schools

Activity 1: Setting the Stage


Activity 2: Where are you in defining, teaching and assessing 21st Century Skills?

The Partnership for 21st Century Skills developed the Milestones for Improving Learning and Education (MILE) Guide for 21st Century Skills to assist educators and administrators in measuring the progress of their schools in defining, teaching and assessing 21st Century Skills. Here you will find links to downloads, the MILE Guide online assessment and the MILE Guide workshop. Use these materials to answer the question above.
  • Online MILE Guide Assessment Use the assessment to learn the strengths and weaknesses of your school system in terms of defining, teaching and assessing 21st Century Skills
  • **MILE Guide Workshop** This is a useful document to use when planning a workshop with faculty members on 21st Century Skills.

Activity 3: What are the characteristics of a school that prepares students for success in the 21st Century?

The state of West Virginia was one of the early adopters of the 21st Century Skills framework. Review the materials developed by West Virgina and then use the following materials and questions to answer the question above.

Activity 4: North Carolina Graduation Project

Review The North Carolina Graduation Project, a multi-faceted, multi-disciplinary performance assessment completed over time that provides students the opportunity to connect content knowledge, acquired skills, and work habits to real world situations and issues. Students engage in a variety of specific skills that include: computer knowledge, employability skills, information-retrieval skills, language skills – reading, language skills – writing, teamwork, and thinking/problem-solving skills. The Project consists of four components (a research paper, product, portfolio, and an oral presentation) and culminates in a student's final year of high school. Student engagement in the graduation project process and the completion of the graduation project demonstrates the integration of knowledge, skills, and performance. Upon review and discussion of the materials, meet with your leadership team to discuss this initiative and to determine if this could be adapted in one of your high schools.

Activity 5: Information Literacy

Review Information Literacy Standards for Student Learning: Standards and Indicators (excerpt from Chapter 2, "Information Literacy Standards for Student Learning," of Information Power: Building Partnerships for Learning) for distribution under a Creative Commons License. Are you preparing students to be information literate? If not, what are some changes you can make in the next 3 years?