I received this in an email this morning and wanted to pass it along. The National Council of Social Studies also released a map earlier this year in cooperation with the Partnership for 21st Century Skills. They align with the ISTE-NETS for Students, are any districts using or adopting these standards? Any districts having curriculum conversations which incorporate them?
We are thrilled to announce the release of the 21st Century Skills and English Map,
which provides educators with teacher-created models of how 21st century skills can
be infused into English classes. The map could not have been completed without the
help of the National Council of Teachers of English – the Partnership for 21st Century Skills
is truly grateful for all their efforts to produce such a useful tool.
The map – which demonstrates how the integration of 21stcentury skills into English
curriculum supports teaching and learning and prepares students to become effective
and productive citizens in the 21st century – highlights the critical connections between
English and 21st century skills.
By providing lesson examples that combine core skills like critical thinking, creativity and
innovation with interdisciplinary themes (civic, economic and entrepreneurial literacy and
global awareness), the map provides concrete examples of how to align teaching and learning to the demands of the 21st century.
In addition, the map cites specific student outcomes and provides project models that will
result in enhanced student achievement in grades four, eight and 12. For example, fourth
graders, after reading several folktales and viewing two to three cartoons, write their own
contemporary version of a folktale and present them as a stop-motion or Claymation film.
This helps students, through typical reading and project work, learn how to communicate
new ideas to others and demonstrate originality and inventiveness in schoolwork.
To integrate 21st century skills at the high school level, teams of students create a virtual
fieldtrip for elementary school students. In addition to creating a video and narration detailing the site, students research background information and interview appropriate experts such as park rangers, tour guides and historians. The students then use a project management tool to organize tasks, assignments and deadlines. Through this project, students assume shared responsibility for collaborative work and demonstrate the ability to work effectively with diverse teams and creativity to plan an interactive fieldtrip for younger students.
We encourage all of you to distribute the new map among your contacts.
Please access the map by visiting the home page of the P21 Website at