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HIGH SCHOOL RESOURCES

WHAT ARE 21st CENTURY SKILLS?

Skills Based Education

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Learn more about college/career preparation programs like Get Focused Stay Focused when you review our resources.

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.

Defining the Skills

An important component of the New World of Work 21st Century Skills series is the ability to break down and define the skills to help guide students’ understanding.

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. These are available for your use through the
College Resources page.

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. The PDF defining the skills and traits is available here for your reference.

Download 21st Century Skills-Traits Document

NEW WORLD OF WORK'S 21st CENTURY SKILLS

After extensive research and hosting a series of Skills Panels to determine our list of “Top 10” 21st Century Skills, the New World of Work team developed a series of lessons designed for college students and adult learners.

Numerous requests came in for the content to be scaled to a high school audience. This lead us to form new partnerships with leaders providing innovative secondary education resources.

We see the immense value in exposing students early on to the need for skills education to help prepare them for success in both postsecondary education and careers.

Our team of instructors is proud to present a video series providing an overview of each of the “Top 10” 21st Century Skills geared to high school students. They include an introduction to the skill and then four sections to review each trait of that skill. You can play each skill video in sections and pause to allow your learners time to complete the interactive activities for each trait.

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Overview of High School Video Lessons

Our “Top 10” 21st Century Skills Video Lessons

21st CENTURY COLLEGE/CAREER PREPARATION RESOURCES

We seek out innovative education organizations to provide information and resources to help
guide your students toward success in college and careers.

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