21st Century Skills

21st Century Skills

What they are and why we teach them

There is a growing recognition that in order to educate children for an unknown future in the 21st century, we cannot simply dictate curriculum and “content” such as what math, language, and science skills children need to know or memorize.

We must address and teach children other kinds of skills: thinking, analyzing and communication.

People work in jobs today that simply did not exist five years ago. In order to prepare our students to meet these future demands and needs, it is imperative that they learn how to live and adapt in a global workplace.

One of the driving forces behind adding the 21st century skills to todays’ education are colleges and universities who find that incoming students are not able to communicate articulately, analyze and synthesize data and information. Part of this can be attributed to the emphasis on high stakes testing which rewards rote learning and memorization instead of encouraging creativity, collaboration and critical thinking. Colleges often have to provide remedial courses for students in order to help them learn these skills.

Willow decided our students needed these skills incorporated into the curriculum. As a result, our graduates  excel in high school and the competitive colleges in which they have been admitted.

Willow incorporates the list below into the school’s curriculum. It comes from the Partnership for 21st Century Skills, a non-profit organization advocating for the integration of these skills in education.

These skills include:

  • Civic, Health & Environmental Literacy
  • Creativity
  • Critical Thinking
  • Collaboration
  • Communication
  • Global Awareness
  • Information, Media and Technology Skills
  • Initiative & Self Direction
  • Leadership & Responsibility
  • Problem Solving

Learn more at p21.org