The Global STEM Education Center

21st Century Skills

One of the best resources on global education is a "Partnership for 21st century skills" - our State of Massachusetts is one of the P21 Leadership States in the US. "The Partnership for 21st Century Skills (P21) is a national organization that advocates for 21st century readiness for every student. As the United States continues to compete in a global economy that demands innovation, P21 and its members provide tools and resources to help the U.S. education system keep up by fusing the 3Rs (core academic subjects and 21st century themes) and 4Cs (critical thinking and problem solving, communication, collaboration, and creativity and innovation). P21 aims to serve as a catalyst to position 21st century readiness at the center of US K12 education by building collaborative partnerships among education, business, community, and government leaders".

"P21 Releases Framework for State Action on Global Education Framework"

State Framework on Global Education


ESSENTIAL ELEMENT 1: Adopt Global Competency Standards for Students and Teacher

-Adopt definitions of student and teacher global competency to anchor state and district global education agendas

ESSENTIAL ELEMENT 2: Effective and Scalable Teacher Support, Resources, and Tools

-Provide content for teachers to embed global themes and  problem-based learning that focuses on global issues, with a priority on
 the core subjects.
-Implement a recognition system—such as badging--for teachers, principals, and school district instructional support personnel
 to support and inspire professional development on global issues and competencies
-Require teacher preparation institutions to include preparation for infusing instruction with global content and competencies

ESSENTIAL ELEMENT 3: A New Approach to Language Instruction

-Institute a statewide dual language/immersion plan that begins in elementary school and continues through high school
-Refocus traditional high school credit world language courses to include a greater emphasis on the study of global and
 international affairs and the economies, societies and cultures of other nations and on survival language skills

ESSENTIAL ELEMENT 4: Whole-School Models

-Develop new school models focused on international education that would include, but not be limited to, internationally-themed
 schools, transformation models for low-performing schools, virtual schools-within-a-school and, regional dual language/immersion   schools
-Recruit business, foundation, and nonprofit partners to support and assist school districts with the implementation of new school

ESSENTIAL ELEMENT 5: Networking and Recognizing Districts, Schools and Educators

-Create a network of districts, schools and educators to drive implementation and innovation
-Institute a recognition (designation) program for students, teachers, principals, schools and districts that provide incentives for
 educators and educational leaders to adopt innovative global education, practices
-Identify an existing or develop a new leading partner outside government to drive the global education agenda
-Partner the state departments of education and commerce (and other relevant agencies) to develop county- or community-level
 profiles of international assets

ESSENTIAL ELEMENT 6: Global experiences for Students and Educators

-Provide global experiences by teachers, administrators, and students, including inbound teacher exchange, outbound educational
  travel and exchange for teachers and students, virtual classroom-to-classroom exchange, and global Academic competitions”