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WHAT ARE 21st CENTURY SKILLS?

21st Century Skills Go by Many Names:

Competencies, applied skills, cross-disciplinary skills, transferable skills, employability skills, and soft skills.

What They Are:

Knowledge, work habits, and character traits necessary to succeed in this rapidly changing world.

The Good News:

Just like any other subject, 21st Century Skills can be taught, practiced, and incorporated into everyone’s life.

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Who Benefits from 21st Century Skills

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21st CENTURY
SKILLS LESSONS

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ASSESS SKILL DEVELOPMENT BY HAVING YOUR STUDENTS
TAKE SURVEYS OR EARN DIGITAL BADGES

Assessments

An important component of the New World of Work 21st Century Skills series is the ability to assess the understanding and development of skills.

Our team collaborated with the Mozilla Foundation to review their comprehensive framework comparing college/career ready competencies from organizations across the country. We then correlated this to our “Top 10” 21st Century Skills list.

We partnered with the Foundation for California Community Colleges, W3Workshop, and Santa Rosa Junior College to scale the list to a reading level for a postsecondary audience. These “attributes” formed the basis of New World of Work’s college-level curriculum and the pre/post surveys to assess student learning. All these resources are available for your use.

MDRC and Redstone Research took the postsecondary attributes and scaled these into a reading level appropriate to middle and high school education. These 21st Century Skills “traits” formed the basis of our high school video lessons, which you can access through our High School Resources page.

Digital Badges

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In addition to creating the open source assessment surveys, New World of Work collaborated with the LaunchPath platform to create ten digital badges to correlate to each of our 21st Century Skills. Instructors who go through our trainings and teach the 21st Century Skills lessons have the opportunity to invite students to join LaunchPath to try and earn their digital badge.

Digital badges are an innovative way for students and workers to showcase acquisition of 21st Century Skills and verify to employers their ability to demonstrate these competencies in work settings.

Our badges are part of the Mozilla Open Badging platform, so they can be added to LinkedIn profiles, FB, Twitter, websites, and sent directly to potential employers as part of the hiring process.

How Our Digital Badges Are Used

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Digital badges connect education to employment by showcasing skills to potential employers
through various online platforms.