21st Century Skills and Outcomes

21st Century Skills and Outcomes

If the neuroscience is the how, then what is our vision of the what? What are the skills and other traits we are seeking in our students?

Ken Kay (@kenkay21): 21st century skills and implications for education and learning.

Charles Fadel: Defining education for the 21st century.

Facilitated discussion (Alex Curtis): How are 21st Century Skills and traits being incorporated into learning and teaching practices at our schools? What steps should schools be considering to make this happen? How do we know if we are succeeding?

From Ken Kay (@kenkay21):

How might we blend content, curriculum, processes into the fabric of learning? What if we focus on the C’s (you pick a number of them) as a lens for learning, actions, and growth? What are the actions we take to offer actionable feedback to foster learning and growth?


From Charles Fadel:

When revising curriculum to focus on deep learning, use a scalpel not a chainsaw.  We don’t throw out all content. We focus on essentials to go deep to broaden coverage and deepen learning.  Broaden learning experiences that integrate, offer relevance, seek opportunities for personal engagement and experience.


Learning is social, collaborative, emotional, personal.

How might we

  • learn and share?
  • offer actionable feedback?
  • focus on what is essential for a learner to learn?
  • deep learning?
  • empower learners?
  • make learning personal?

I am honored to be an invited participant as NAIS gathers a group of expert educators, psychologists, and thought leaders at Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College of Education in Nashville, Tennessee, to discuss advances in the science of learning and what it tells us about teaching, curricula, and schools on May 19-20 for its fourth Deep Dive: NAIS Explores the Science of Learning and 21st Century Schools.



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