The Partnership for 21st Century Skills offers a one-stop shop for 21st century skills, resources and community tools. The Partnership works with states and communities to reinvigorate learning to meet the demands of the 21st century.
The Partnership and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts are helping young people build 21st century skills through a variety of initiatives.
Research shows that to survive and indeed thrive in the 21st century, people must master content standards AND possess technical/technological and employability skills and abilities that reach beyond traditional academic disciplines. These competencies include oral and written communication skills, self-direction, social responsibility, mastery of technology and the ability to work in teams. Research also shows that when students are engaged in 21st century learning, including rigorous courses that incorporate critical thinking, problem solving, creativity, collaboration, contextual learning and information technology, they are more likely to graduate and transition to postsecondary education and careers.