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21st Century Teaching and Learning in Action

 

Our purpose and method for analyzing 50 organizations globally that teach 21st century competencies

by Connie K. Chung

Purpose - Why we undertook this project:

To identify and build a virtual network of education stakeholders committed to the kind of education that is engaging, powerful, rigorous, and relevant to the 21st century so that ALL children in ALL contexts can thrive and make their world a better place. 

One of our goals at GEII is to produce resources that are helpful to… Read more about 21st Century Teaching and Learning in Action

Learning to Change the World

By Connie K. Chung

Portions of the essay below was adapted and recently published in the book, Empowering Global Citizens, by Reimers, Chopra, Chung, Higdon, and O'Donnell

Researchers have noted that traditional global citizenship education (GCE) curriculum encourages students to understand globalization; to adopt a self-critical approach to how they and their nation are implicated in local and global problems; to engage in intercultural perspectives and diversity (… Read more about Learning to Change the World

Letters from Singapore: 4 C's for Massachusetts - Clarity, Commitment, Coherence, Capacity

By Fernando Reimers, E.B. O'Donnell, Lisa Battaglino, Connie K. Chung, Mitalene Fletcher, David Harris, Joey Lee, Vanessa Lipschitz, David Lussier, Christine McCormick, Megan O’Keefe, Paul F. Toner, Eleonora Villegas-Reimers

You can download the rest of the book, for free, here.

Included below is an… Read more about Letters from Singapore: 4 C's for Massachusetts - Clarity, Commitment, Coherence, Capacity

Letter from Singapore - A Systemic and Systematic Approach to Teaching and Learning: Playing the Long Game in Education

by Connie K. Chung

In October 2015, I visited Singapore with colleagues from Massachusetts who are leaders of universities, foundations, research organizations, and nonprofits working in education. We focused on learning about Singapore’s education system during our five-day visit. I highlight below a few thoughts from our trip.

The key difference between our education system in the United States and the Singaporean system… Read more about Letter from Singapore - A Systemic and Systematic Approach to Teaching and Learning: Playing the Long Game in Education

Teaching and Learning in the Twenty-First Century

In the book-turned-movie The Martian, Matt Damon plays Mark Watney, an astronaut who gets stranded on Mars and then is later rescued. Viral blog posts have suggested that had this really happened, it would have taken about $200 billion to rescue him. What they do not mention, however, is that even $200 trillion would not have been enough, were it not for some critical competencies displayed by Watney’s fellow astronauts, scientists, and Watney himself. 

Using Cognitive, Interpersonal, and Intrapersonal Competencies

The cognitive competencies, which… Read more about Teaching and Learning in the Twenty-First Century

Findings from Teaching and Learning in the Twenty-First Century

Our study draws three broad conclusions:

1.  The six countries studied – Chile, China, India, Mexico, Singapore, and the United States – all recognized that educational goals for all students needed to be broadened.       

They designed new curricular frameworks in response to the perceptions that the demands of the labor market were changing and that civic participation would require greater sophistication and responsibility.

Governments in each country led or contributed to the development of these curriculum frameworks, often in collaboration with… Read more about Findings from Teaching and Learning in the Twenty-First Century

What Students Really Need to Thrive in the 21st Century

Discussions about how to prepare students to thrive in the 21st century highlight the need to acquire key competencies beyond the basics, such as digital, civic, self-knowledge and interpersonal competencies, among others.

While the phrase “21st century education” often means an education that involves technology, researchers have found that the kinds of competencies needed for work and life during a century that will likely be defined by “volatility, uncertainty, complexity… Read more about What Students Really Need to Thrive in the 21st Century

21st Century Education: 5 Lessons from China

by Catherine Yan Wang, National Institute of Educational Sciences

China has redesigned its education system since embarking on opening up the country and engaging in reforms in the late 1970s. The journey of change started from an ethos of “Orientation Towards the Modernization, Orientation Towards the Future, and Orientation Towards the World” created in late 1970s, went though a three-decade long reflection and debate on quality-oriented education (vs examination-oriented education), gained momentum in an Action Plan for Invigorating Education for 21st Century … Read more about 21st Century Education: 5 Lessons from China

Assessing 21st century learning and teaching?

The Program for International Student Assessmet (PISA) Math scores from 2012 were released in December 2013, ranking students from Asian countries at the top of the list, with Finland being the sole non-Asian country included in the list of top performers in science.

The top performers in math: China, Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan, South Korea
The top performers in reading: China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Japan, South Korea
The top performers in science:… Read more about Assessing 21st century learning and teaching?