With the start of a new decade, the Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents continues its efforts to support school leaders as learners. As part of that effort, MASS has launched a new task force focused on 21st Century Skills. Task Force members are reading and debating the text 21st Century Skills: Learning for Life in Our Times by Bernie Trilling and Charles Fadel. I will keep you posted on our work as we develop a position paper to support the work of colleagues and inform the work of policy makers.
Some food for thought that comes from the early chapters of the book
“The illiterate of the 21st century are not those that cannot read or write, but those that cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.” Alvin Tofler
“How to personalize learning and how to differentiate instruction for diverse classrooms are two of the great challenges of the 21st century.”
Bloom’s Taxonomy in the 21st Century:
Remember; Understand; Apply, Analyze. Evaluate; then Create.
Daniel Pink’s A Whole New Mind , with its focus on creativity and the MFA as the new MBA, served as a great starting point for this task force. The work of Trilling and Fadel and the Partnership for 21st Century Skills will help us articulate how Pink’s vision can and should shape our schools.