This is one of the most important slides. Critical thinking and problem solving. Creativity and innovation. Communication and collaboration. This is the skill set that is the critical skill set in the 21st century and the challenge we all have is how do you take a system that is focused primarily on the content of the left side of this chart and migrate to a system that’s focused on these skill outcomes for kids? That’s the challenge in a nutshell. You know, and people said to me… You don’t really think that every kid needs to critically think do you? And I felt very lucky because he then pointed to a woman behind the cash register and he said, You don’t think she needs to critically think, do you? And I said to him, Boy did I luck out. He said, Why? I said, Look what you picked! In a lot of places her job’s gone already. Right? There are places where that job’s gone. What does she do when her routine job is eliminated? She’s got to critically think and problem solve her way to what’s value added in that cafeteria, what’s value added in the food organization? Or, if those jobs go away, how do I rethink, critically think, my way to defining a new value added in the economy that’s constantly going through change? She’s got to critically think. In the same way that knowing math, science, English and social studies was my ticket up the economic ladder in the 50s, I’m saying to you that critical thinking and problem solving is her ticket up the economic ladder in the 21st century. If she has content mastery of math, science, English and social studies, and she doesn’t possess the ability to critically think and problem solve, you are not giving her the same opportunity I had when you told me to master math, science, English and social studies. It’s that simple. This set of skills is the economic equivalent of the contract that you as school board members and superintendents had with me on the issue of content focus 50 years ago.
21 st Century Skills Teachers’ Academy August 3-4 2011 21st Century Readiness for Every Student: ESC Overview Canon imageFORMULA P-150
Icebreaker Activity Prompt for the four question exercise: You have a child, grandchild, niece, child of friends whom you love and care about deeply, and this child is just starting kindergarten…On your own answer the 1 st three Questions...
Icebreaker Activity Question 4: (Homework Blackboard Discussion Topic)-Post your response to the below question: What would learning be like if it were designed around your answers to the first three questions?
Global Innovation Economy “ The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read or write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn and relearn.” --Alvin Toffler, American writer and futurist (1928- )
The Shift of Power...??? they will need far more knowledge of technology and of other people than can be gained from a high school education. To be able to seize the opportunities and meet the challenges, the next generations must truly be able to compete with anyone. Because the playing field is going to be really level
Our country is competing in a global innovation economy.
Fusing the three “R”s with the four “C”s is a national imperative.
Policy must be the catalyst for change.
The 7 steps for education leaders.
OUR COUNTRY IS COMPETING IN A GLOBAL ECONOMY THAT DEMANDS INNOVATION; OUR EDUCATION SYSTEM MUST KEEP UP. Global Innovation Economy
Mean task input as percentiles of the 1960 task distribution Economy-wide measures of routine and non-routine task input (US) (Levy and Murnane) Global Innovation Economy
2010 Critical Skills Survey American Management Association, in conjunction with P21, surveyed 2,115 managers and other executives about the needs of the 21st century workforce.
How are the four Cs recognized within organizations? Has your organization identified these skills as priorities for employee development, talent management, and succession planning? Source: AMA/P21 2010 Critical Skills Survey, released April 2010 Skill Agree/ Strongly Agree Critical thinking 73.3% Communication skills 79.2% Collaboration/team building 72.3% Creativity and innovation 66.6%
What has changed in business today? Rate by order of importance why you believe these additional skills and competencies are taking on relative importance in the business environment. Source: AMA/P21 2010 Critical Skills Survey, released April 2010 Somewhat/Most Important Nature of work 77.5% Global competition 86.5% Pace of change 91.0% Organizational structure 66.3%
What has changed in business today? As the economy improves, how important are the following skills and competencies in helping grow your organization? Source: AMA/P21 2010 Critical Skills Survey, released April 2010 Somewhat/Most Important Critical thinking 97.1% Communication skills 95.3% Collaboration/team building 92.0% Creativity and innovation 93.1%
Is the U.S. workforce prepared? How would you compare the skills levels of the experienced workers versus the recent graduates within your organization? Source: AMA/P21 2010 Critical Skills Survey, released April 2010 Above Average/ Highest Ability Experienced workers 58.5% Recent graduates 30.1%
Preparing the next generation Please rate the following education systems for their abilities to prepare students in the four Cs to ensure those entering the workforce are proficient in these areas: Source: AMA/P21 2010 Critical Skills Survey, released April 2010 Above Average/Excellent K-12 10.9% Trade schools 13.7% Two-year colleges 18.7% Four-year colleges 48.9%
Preparing the next generation Do you agree that fusing the three Rs (reading, writing, and arithmetic) with the four Cs ensures 21 st century readiness for students today? Source: AMA/P21 2010 Critical Skills Survey, released April 2010 Agree/Strongly Agree 79.5%